Home Of Research
The Wild Coast is home to two rescued Pacific white-sided dolphins, two orphaned sea otters, two rehabilitated harbour porpoises, rescued harbour seals, sea lions and much more. It also houses a tide pool, several touch pools and the underwater viewing area. Learn about the ways the dolphins are helping researchers protect their kind in the wild, find out more about the adorably playful sea otters and have the chance to touch some of the spineless animals that live on the British Columbian coast.
Walkways Of Wonder
The largest of our galleries, the Wild Coast consists of a series of outdoor walkways that lead to adorable sea otters, Pacific white-sided dolphins and other marine animals. It also includes an underwater viewing area for the dolphin habitat, where Clownfish Cove resides. This area is a great place to see how powerfully the dolphins move through the water and learn about some of the research that they’re participating in.
Discover how our research impacts marine life
Dolphins Helping Dolphins
The Pacific white-sided dolphins in this gallery were all rescued after they had been entangled and injured by fixed fishing nets. Now they’re working to save their wild brethren from the same fate—by helping researchers understand how they use their sonar (echolocation) to locate objects in the water. This research might one day lead to fishing nets and deterrent devices that will allow dolphins in the wild to avoid them.
Learning Through Fun
The Wild Coast offers plenty of opportunities for fun-filled learning for kids young and old. In the underwater viewing area, Clownfish Cove allows children ages eight and under to explore marine mammal rescue, while our shows and feature programs highlight the unique qualities and stories of the animals that live in this gallery and how we can help protect their kind in the wild.