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Caring For Dolphins

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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.

Caring For Dolphins
Dolphin Show

Rare Access

We still know very little about Pacific white-sided dolphins and false killer whales. Until recently, Pacific white-sided dolphins spent much of their time far offshore making it difficult for researchers to study them on a regular basis, and even now that they’ve returned to coastal waters, we still have a lot to learn. False killer whales are not common visitors to the waters of British Columbia as they tend to spend their time in tropical and sub-tropical waters. Having a Pacific white-sided dolphin and false killer whale 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 trainers and animals work on behaviours that keep the dolphins mentally and physically active as well as healthy. These exercises also reinforce the bond that the dolphins have with their trainers which allows our care staff to ask the animals to voluntarily participate in their own health care and even ground breaking research projects. The trainers use positive reinforcement and reward the dolphins not just with food, but with tongue rubs, massages and whatever else the animals enjoy.
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Did You Know?

Did You Know?

There are 33 species of oceanic dolphins. 
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