It's so much easier to weigh a sea lion by simply pointing to a scale and telling it to hop on. That’s exactly what the trainers at the Vancouver Aquarium do. Having Stellers at the Aquarium allows researchers to collect valuable information that they can’t get from sea lions in the wild.
The North Pacific Universities Marine Mammal Research Consortium is an international group of universities dedicated to helping the sea lions. Led by Dr. Andrew Trites, scientists from the University of British Columbia have a special opportunity: they get to work closely with the Aquarium’s sea lion trainers to do studies that would be impossible to carry out in the wild. This relationship between scientists and animal trainers to get insight into the disappearance of Steller sea lions is a unique part of the research program. Check out the Consortium's website for the latest research updates.