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Dolphin Trainer Talk

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Interested In Being A
Marine Mammal Trainer?

Have you ever wanted to be a marine mammal trainer? Maybe you still do? Come and hear directly from the mouths of our marine mammal trainers about the education, dedication, and passion you need in order to succeed in this competitive field. You’ll hear from one of our trainers about their background and history in animal training and you’ll also have the opportunity to watch a training session as we discuss why training is so important to the animals in our care as well as animals in the ocean. At the end of this program you’ll be invited to chat with the trainers and ask any of the questions you’ve always wanted to ask.


Training Is Important

Marine mammals at Vancouver Aquarium require a great deal of specialized care—this is especially true for dolphins that are wholly aquatic. Training is a way for us to communicate with them and to build a trusting relationship. Training allows our professional team to convey simple messages that result in voluntary and cooperative body examinations, the taking of blood, body temperature, ultrasound, dental checks and eye exams. Our interactions are customized for each animal and vary for health care, exercise, socialization, science, learning, education and play. It also enables scientists to conduct vital research, such as the echolocation (sound) study now underway to help us understand how Pacific white-sided dolphins navigate underwater using sound and why they continue to get entangled in fishing nets. 

Marine Mammals 
Play A Vital Role

As well as helping to inspire understanding and action in our guests, the marine mammals at Vancouver Aquarium continue to play an important role in research for ocean conservation. Some of the studies led by Vancouver Aquarium are conducted solely in the wild, though they use knowledge previously gained from animals at the Aquarium. Other studies are conducted only at Vancouver Aquarium. Many of them begin at the Aquarium, to establish baseline measurements and to broaden scientists’ understanding, and then continue in the wild. 


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