6. Our Team Is Deeply Committed
To Protecting Our Oceans
Before 1964, when the Vancouver Aquarium caught its first killer whale, B.C.’s fisheries managers had mounted a Browning .50 calibre machine gun at Seymour Narrows to cull the killer whales they believed were vicious predators. Today, killer whales are among the most adored species on earth due to the awareness we’ve raised and our participation in the longest study of killer whales in the world. Further, scientists have proven that up-close encounters with live animals change perceptions, increase understanding and inspire action.* Now, at a time when our oceans are in crisis from climate change, pollution, overfishing and acidification, we need more education and engagement than ever before.
* Briseno-Garzon, A. et al (2007). Adult Learning Experiences from an Aquarium visit: The Role of Social Interactions in Family Groups.
Skibins, J.C. & Powell, R.B. (2013). Conservation Caring: Measuring the Influence of Zoo Visitors’ Connection to Wildlife on Pro-Conservation Behaviors.