Vancouver Aquarium Committed to Rescue and Research – Park Board Decision Threatens To Destroy Conservation Efforts

Marineland supports the Vancouver Aquarium’s commitment to rescue, rehabilitation, and critical research related to the conservation and preservation of all marine mammals.

Vancouver Park Board’s hasty and sudden decision last night without any real debate or examination, under pressure from a tiny minority of vocal activists, condemns to death stranded or injured whales on the Pacific Coast of Canada.

For example, the false killer whale rescued and now alive and thriving at the Vancouver Aquarium would have died if the Vancouver Aquarium could not rescue and house it, the direct consequence of a decision like this. The only alternative to rescue, rehabilitation and long-term care for sick animals that cannot survive in the wild on their own is euthanasia.

This hasty decision, made after a single meeting, and without comprehensive and thorough evaluation of the impact on whale rescue and conservation, reflects the worst consequences of high pressure internet based attacks by a vocal minority of animal rights activists.

The decision will cause unnecessary marine mammal deaths, damage long term conservation efforts and reflects a lack of understanding of the role of science and education in preserving our natural habitat and educating our public.

Marineland will continue to provide a centre for research and a home for rescued animals that cannot be returned to the wild.  Marineland will continue to make decisions based on science and facts in the best interests of all of its animals.

 

 

“No Issues of Concern” at Marineland

Comprehensive inspection by OSPCA further confirms findings of International Marine Mammal Experts – “No issues of Concern” at Marineland

NIAGARA FALLS – ON – Tuesday, February 28, 2017 – Marineland’s Animal Care Committee, in accordance with strict and comprehensive Ontario legislation and regulations recently enacted, conducted a thorough inspection of the marine and land animals at Marineland.

Internationally recognized expert, Dr. Lanny Cornell, conducted a comprehensive examination of all the marine and land animals and found the animals to be healthy, behaving normally, well fed and well taken care of.

Dr. Cornell considered all the issues identified by the OSPCA and issues raised by radical animal rights activists.

His entire report is available online at Marineland’s webpage:  http://www.marinelandblog.ca/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/Animal-Care-Report-Dr.-Cornell-Feb-16-2017-Final.pdf and was provided to the OSPCA.

Following that comprehensive review the OSPCA conducted a complete inspection of every animal, the facilities and all records at Marineland on February 21-22, 2017.

The OSPCA acknowledged full cooperation by Marineland, full access to every part of the Park, inspected every animal, reviewed all records, and complete access to all staff members on site.

The OSPCA noted “no issues of concern”, laid no charges and issued no orders.

The animals are healthy, receive appropriate enrichment, are fed a diet of fresh fish fit for human consumption, have access to clean fresh water, and the facilities are clean and well kept.

Pursuant to a lengthy two-year process of legislative review, an independent  expert report, input by a technical advisory group made up of activists and Animal Care experts, and public hearings, The Government of Ontario enacted strict Animal Care guidelines and marine mammal regulations designed to provide high standards of care under public oversight for all marine mammals in Ontario.

Marineland provided input into and complies strictly with those guidelines.

Marineland remains fully committed to the long term health and care of all its animals and providing Canadians with a unique opportunity to view our incredible marine mammal heritage in a family friendly environment.

For over fifty years Marineland has provided millions of Canadian families, many who could not otherwise afford to travel to either coast, an opportunity all Canadians should experience.

Marineland looks forward to another fun and educational year for all the families choosing to visit our Park.

Each year Marineland attracts almost a million visitors to the Niagara Region and remains a critical component of the economy of Ontario.

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What’s for Breakfast?

Good morning!

We all know the importance of a well-balanced breakfast. You might have some cereal or bacon and eggs, washed down with a cup of coffee or orange juice. But, not Marineland’s animals! They also have a well-balanced breakfast, but less traditional items are on their menu.

The Marineland staff arrives bright and early to check all the animals, then, it’s time to serve breakfast! The staff takes out 2,000 pounds of fish to thaw. That’s a lot of fish! You can pick your jaw up off the floor, though! This isn’t all eaten at breakfast. The staff thaws the fish to feed to the marine mammals throughout the day.

We like to keep our animals healthy! Which is why we give them vitamins. And how do you get the animals to take their vitamins? Simple, you put the vitamins into the fish and then feed the fish to the marine mammals!

You might be wondering what the land animals at Marineland are fed for breakfast.
Each day, about 110 bales of hay and 454 kg (1,000 lbs) of grain such as corn, barley and oats, along with a vitamin supplement, are given to the deer, elk and bison.

Now, when you make your way around the park you will know what happens before the park opens! There is a lot of morning preparation at Marineland to keep our animals happy and healthy.

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Marineland is the most thoroughly inspected facility of its kind in the world


Over the last two years, Marineland has been the most thoroughly inspected facility of its kind in the world. The conclusion of all of these inspections – all of them – is that the marine mammals at Marineland are well taken care of and healthy, the facilities are excellent and there is no evidence of animal abuse.

These inspections included a complete independent review by two expert veterinarians on behalf of the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (OSPCA) and multiple unannounced and scheduled inspections by the OSPCA Zoo Inspection team.

The care and treatment of marine mammals is a topic which attracts emotional responses – which Marineland understands. However, often times these emotional responses are not based on factual evidence. Marineland’s care and treatment of marine mammals is based on factual evidence and advice of scientific experts and veterinarians.

We are guided by these experts regarding the health and psychological well-being of our marine mammals. With confidence, we know that Marineland’s marine mammals are healthy and well treated.

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Same family but distinctly their own

Noting the difference between sea lions and seals

Sea lions are often mistaken for seals. The experts here at Marineland can help you identify the difference. Any of our trainers would explain that even though both mammals belong to the family of pinnipeds, meaning “fin footed”, there are points of distinction between the two. These differences include their fins, flippers, ears and voices.

Seals have small front flippers and large, trailing hind flippers, making them agile in the water where they spend most of their time. These flippers are useless for movement on land; seals inch along similar to the way a caterpillar would move.

On the other fin, sea lions have large front flippers and small hind flippers that bend forward. The sea lions flippers allow them to “walk” on land on all fours; this ease of movement means they spend more time on land than seals.

Another visible difference – their ears.  Seals have pinhole openings located on the sides of their heads.  Sea lions have small, external ear flaps that stick out on either side.

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California Sea Lion

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Harbour Seal

Sea lions are very vocal – in fact, they can be downright noisy.  Seals are much quieter emitting soft, low grunts as opposed to the sea lion’s loud bark.

With this knowledge, the next time you are seated at the King Waldorf Stadium and your friend, a first-timer to Marineland, says, “Aren’t those seals adorable?” You’ll respond, “Those are sea lions. We’ll visit the Aquarium Dome where we can see the cutest seals!”

A Beluga Whale Encounter That Is Close By

It sounds like a spectacular adventure. This is the story of a mom and dad who took their little kids on an 800 mile canoe adventure where they paddled alongside beluga whales in Alaska. Not something the majority of families can do due to cost, time and risk. Thankfully, families can see and appreciate amazing beluga whales and enjoy an equally awesome experience by coming to Marineland.

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Marineland Family Appreciation Day A Huge Success!

Thank you all for making Family Appreciation Day, May 18, a huge success! We’re checking the records, but it may have been Marineland’s busiest opening day ever! And what a beautiful day it was! We were delighted with the marine show. Our marine mammal team members wanted to try some new things and they pulled it off brilliantly. It was magical listening to the cheers and watching the smiles of children in the stands when they witnessed what our amazing marine mammals can do.

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