This program offers visitors a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience first-hand our charismatic Pacific white-sided dolphin. Join our marine mammal trainers on the dolphin dock to get hands-on and feed one of the dolphins a fishy snack. Discover how these dolphins are teaching us more about the mysterious lives of Pacific white-sided dolphins in the wild. This is a rare and educational experience you’ll always remember.
This is a rare opportunity to see what a day is like in the life of a Vancouver Aquarium marine mammal trainer. Not only will you get to explore the dolphin habitat, but you’ll also help prepare a snack for one of the dolphins in the marine mammal kitchen.
You’ll go behind the scenes where you’ll enjoy a special presentation by the Encounter Team, complete with displays and props. Visit the marine mammal kitchen and make up a fishy snack for a dolphin before participating in a full, interactive training session alongside Aquarium trainers.
You will head onto the dolphin dock where you will meet a Pacific white-sided dolphin. You’ll be up close and personal during the training session while learning more about the Aquarium's research, conservation and animal care projects.
Throughout this entire adventure, you’ll get an intimate look at the many conservation and research programs and initiatives that the Aquarium is involved with on an ongoing basis.
We want you to enjoy your behind-the-scenes experience. Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns. No concern is too small; the more information you can provide about yourself, the better prepared we can be for your experience.
Program requires participants to stand and kneel for extended periods of time, go up and down stairs, walk on wet and slippery surfaces and be above the water on an unstable dock. Closed-toed shoes are required. Please advise us of any special needs. Cameras are not permitted within the habitat for animal safety reasons.
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