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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.
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.
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.
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!”
There’s so much to see and do at Marineland, you might be tempted to spend your whole trip here. But the wonderful thing about Niagara Falls is the range of sights and attractions close at hand.
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.
Happy Victoria Day everyone! It’s going to be another beautiful day! We’ve had an exciting weekend at Marineland. It’s good to be open again after what seemed like the longest winter in memory.
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.
No one really knows who coined the phrase “God could not be everywhere so therefore he made mothers”. But we are convinced the author must have come to Marineland.
You could probably do this with the family. But Marineland in Niagara Falls is a lot closer. It’s a great place to show your kids amazing animals that they will likely never have the opportunity to see in the wild. And we believe that the kids interact with them here they will someday become champions of our animals’ wild cousins as humans continue to encroach on their habitats.