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Caring For Dolphins

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Photo: John Heil Photography
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Photo: John Heil Photography

An Inside Look
At Dolphin Training

This special training session is a chance to get an inside look at the busy and varied life of a marine mammal trainer, and the ways they interact with the dolphins. From health care to research to bonding activities, anything can happen during this program. Learn about some of the fundamentals of training—including the relationship of trust that trainers build with the animals, and why it’s so important to have these sessions.

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Caring For Dolphins

Rare Access

We still know very little about Pacific white-sided dolphins. Until recently, they were too far offshore for researchers to study on a regular basis, and even now that they’ve returned to coastal waters, we still have a lot to learn. Having Pacific white-sided dolphins at the Aquarium gives researchers a chance to better understand them. It also gives our visitors the rare chance to see them up close and make intimate connections with them.
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Doing What Comes Naturally

In this program, the animals do behaviours that keep them stimulated and healthy. These exercises also reinforce the bond that the dolphins have with their trainers. Since it’s impossible to ask an animal that can grow to almost 200 kilograms to do something they don’t want to do, the trainers spend a lot of time building a relationship of trust with the dolphins—and reward them not just with food, but with tongue rubs, massages and whatever else the animals enjoy.
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