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Meet Daisy

She may look like a baby dolphin, but she is in fact a harbour porpoise. Normally you may not have a chance to see one of these animals up close as they are very shy animals, but "Spotlight on Porpoises" gives you the chance to get to know this young porpoise. Harbour porpoises tend to be very elusive for boaters and researchers which means that we don't know a lot about them. In fact, Daisy is the only harbour porpoise in an aquarium in North America.

Jack and Daisy
Jack At the beginning their rehabilitation, both Jack and Daisy needed the support of a flotation device, as they were too weak to swim on their own.

Incredible Survival Stories

Daisy has an amazing survival story to share with you. She was found as very young animal stranded on a beach in 2008 off the coast of Vancouver Island. No one knows how or why she stranded but our Marine Mammal Rescue Centre was called in to help right away. Her incredible story of survival is truly of epic proportions.

Distant Cousins

Harbour porpoises are related to dolphins in the same way that they are related to whales; they are all cetaceans. Harbour porpoises and dolphins have similar body shapes but there are some differences between them as well such as the shape of their teeth. To learn more about what Daisy has in common with other cetaceans come and visit her at the Vancouver Aquarium.

Daisy
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