Walruses, Steller sea lions, and Northern fur seals that live at the Vancouver Aquarium participate in research work to help protect their ocean counterparts. For the first time ever, we have opened up the doors to our research centre and are giving guests a look into the ground-breaking marine mammal research taking place behind the scenes.
When you visit the Research Outpost, you will see research first hand. The Aquarium’s interpreters and trainers have come together to offer special marine mammal presentations, introducing guests to these intriguing animals, demonstrating the compelling relationship between trainers and the animals, and showcasing leading-edge conservation research.
While iconic Arctic animals, very little is known about walruses due to limited research. Drawing on years of animal training and research experience with other marine mammal species, the Vancouver Aquarium is poised to conduct important research studies on walrus growth, metabolic rate, and immune function.
Building on a strong, trusting relationship with the Aquarium’s marine mammal trainers, the Steller sea lions living at the Aquarium have become excellent research assistants. In a collaborative effort, the trainers and sea lions are working with University of British Columbia scientists to understand the mysterious disappearance of 80 per cent of the wild Steller sea lion population.
For more than 60 years, scientists at the Vancouver Aquarium have been delivering compelling insight into the natural world.