No Lyin’! You’ll Love our Sea Lions!

They’re playful and they’re cute, but you can’t call these sea lions little. The female California Sea Lions you see at Marineland can weigh about 130kg, and the males can weigh more than twice that amount!

They’re incredibly nimble for such a large creature, whether it’s in the water or even on land. Their four flippers propel them quickly through the water, while the thick curved lenses of their large eyes gives them great vision under water. They even use their whiskers like antennae to help find food and identify objects by touch.

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With special eyelids that help protect and moisten their eyes, they can see fine out of the water as well. Their hind flippers bend forward, and with their strong front flippers they can move easily on land. They normally travel the west coast of North America, visiting as far north as Vancouver Island, feeding on a diet of fish, squid and octopus along the way.

Here at Marineland we keep them to a regular diet of fish such as herring and capelin to keep them healthy and happy, and they’ll provide your family with endless fun as you follow their comical antics, in the water and out.

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They’ve got Dolphinality!

Can you tell a dolphin from a porpoise? We often hear people mistaking our bottlenose dolphins for porpoises, and that’s an easy mistake to make. They are very similar, but here are some guidelines to tell them apart.

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Dolphins are usually much larger than porpoises, and the front of their heads are more pointed. And if you get a chance to look at their teeth, you’ll see dolphins have cone-shaped teeth while porpoise teeth are spade-shaped.

When you spend a bit of time watching the dolphins at Marineland, you’ll soon notice they have distinct personalities… or should we say, “dolphinalities”? They can be stubborn or timid or playful, but mostly they love the company of others whether it’s fellow dolphins or their human visitors. The natural curve of their jaw looks like a perpetual smile, and that just adds to their friendly appeal.

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While scientists haven’t worked out the meaning of their language, they are very vocal with their communication to each other. But there’s no mistaking their love of having their back rubbed when you see them sidling up to their human friends.

Check the schedule posted at King Waldorf’s Stadium for specific show times to catch these amazing marine mammals in action.

That Special Feeling at Marineland

There’s a certain feeling you get as you walk around Marineland. There’s so much to see and so much to do, and this special feeling grows the longer you stay. And that feeling is something we like to call… hunger.

Yes, it’s true. You will probably be hungry at some point during your visit, but don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Our on-site cafeteria-style restaurant has all your favourites for a satisfying meal, from rotisserie chicken to pizza and burgers to salads and fruit options. Share some nachos with the family or a bagel for a light snack, too. And there’s a full range of soft drinks, juice, coffee, water, and even draft beer available.

You’ll find other options handy, too, at several food kiosks located throughout the park. Keep your cool with a waffle cone, share a snack with fresh popcorn, chill out with Minute Maid frozen treats, and always remember to stay hydrated with a refreshing bottle of water.

Want to bring your own food and beverages? Be our guest! Whether you bring your own snacks or pick something up at the park, pick a picnic table at the entrance or relax in the family picnic area inside the park. Because there’s only one feeling we want you to have when you leave for the day, and that’s satisfaction.