Show / Sea Lion Training

Sea Lion Training

Steller sea lions are common sights off of the B.C. coast, but did you know that they are in trouble? Come learn more about these magnificent mammals at our sea lion show.

Overview

Mysterious creatures

Steller sea lions are some of the many different species of marine mammals that live off of our B.C. coast, however, we still know very little about them. This program takes place in our newly opened Steller's Bay exhibit, looks at what makes these animals so special and able to survive in their aquatic environment, and talks about the crucial research we are conducting here at the Aquarium and at our Open Water Research site in partnership with researchers from UBC which is aimed at trying to better understand these creatures.

Exhibit

Steller's Bay

Come nose to snout with Steller sea lions at Steller’s Bay: an exhibit that spotlights these majestic and mysterious creatures, only at the Vancouver Aquarium.

How We Help

Research in action

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. Visitors can observe the trainers as they feed and care for these animals, lead enrichment exercises, and collect valuable metabolic information, such as weight, heart rate, and breathing rate; these readings contribute to ongoing studies.

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Mystery of the disappearing steller sea lions

When the scientific community noticed the significant Steller sea lion population decline, UBC scientist Dr. Andrew Trites connected with then-president of the Vancouver Aquarium Murray Newman to explore how both organizations could collaborate and find a solution to this mystery. Decades later, the research continues.

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Incredible learning opportunities

The Aquarium’s interpreters and trainers have come together to offer special Steller sea lion programs, introducing guests to these intriguing animals, demonstrating the compelling relationship between trainers and the animals, and guiding them though leading-edge conservation research.

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Another first

In another Aquarium first, interpreters and trainers are taking the collaboration to another level while demonstrating how sea lions dive for food and will offer an interactive program from the above-water research station and the underwater viewing area at the same time.

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