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We run Canada's only dedicated marine mammal rescue facility

Marine Mammal Rescue

Our rescue program has one of the largest rescue "hospitals" in the world. We rescue, rehabilitate and release over 150 marine animals each year.

If you see a marine animal that you believe is in distress:

  1. Stay back
  2. Keep other people and pets away
  3. Call the Marine Mammal Rescue Centre at 604-258-SEAL (7325)

Rescue situations, and their recommended courses of action, vary dramatically depending on the species concerned. Other critical factors are also involved, such as age, behaviour, location and apparent health. Please don't try to help an animal on your own.

Rescueversary For Donnelly Rescueversary For Donnelly

Happy Rescueversary, Donnelly!

We recently celebrated Donnelly’s rescueversary. Rescued from Twin Islands in 2021 after being struck by a boat, Donnelly recovered incredibly well from her severe injuries. She even gave birth to a pup, the first to ever be born at the Marine Mammal Rescue Centre! Due to her head injury and blindness, Donnelly was deemed non-releasable by DFO. She was able to successfully wean her healthy pup Dory, who was released into the wild in October 2021. Donnelly now lives at the Vancouver Aquarium, where she's been doing very well.

What We Do

Rescue

The Vancouver Aquarium's Marine Mammal Rescue team rescues over 150 marine animals each year. We rehabilitate them in our rescue centre ─ a hospital and care facility for sick, injured or orphaned marine animals.

Disentanglements

Disentanglements

Sadly, sea lions frequently entangle in discarded packing straps, rope, strings and nets ─ over 400 sea lions are impacted along our coast. Our Marine Mammal Rescue team has pioneered a way to disentangle these distressed animals. Disentanglements take an extraordinary amount of time, personnel, boats, gear and drugs.


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Rehabilitation

Rehabilitation

Our team cares for rescued animals at the Marine Mammal Rescue Centre. It’s a hospital for sick, injured, or orphaned marine animals. Throughout rehabilitation, the team maintains a low-stress environment to keep the animals true to their "wild" nature.


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Release

Release

Our primary goal is to rehabilitate marine animals for release back into their natural home. Thorough medical exams help ensure that our patients have the best possible chance of long-term survival once released.


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Thank You To Our Partners

Ongoing contributions made by our valued partners are essential to the success of the Marine Mammal Rescue Centre.
 

All of our rescues are collaborative efforts between Marine Mammal Rescue and Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO). All rescues, rehabilitation and releases are authorized and monitored by DFO. 

Port of Vancouver Port of Vancouver
British Columbia Marine Mammal Response Network British Columbia Marine Mammal Response Network
Fisheries and Ocean Canada Fisheries and Ocean Canada

If you see a marine mammal that you believe is in distress, call us: 604.258.SEAL

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