The marine mammal caregivers at Marineland know the animals well. For example, one caregiver, Tali, has worked with a beluga whale for seven years. “To see him going from this younger animal, who was just learning to do things, to this animal who has a huge behavioral repertoire, is really fascinating” said Tali.
The video shows our caregivers and belugas during one of their husbandry training sessions. The husbandry behaviours taught to our marine mammals include presenting their fins or mouth for inspection. Learning and practising these behaviours make the animal more comfortable when it’s time for our veterinarians to examine them or carry out a necessary medical procedure.
What a beautiful week to visit Marineland! There is no doubt that our long awaited summer has finally arrived. Yesterday at the park we met the Peters family from Saskatchewan who came back to rekindle childhood memories at Marineland. They were delighted that we are still one of the few theme parks that lets families bring their own beverages and food into the park. In the cool arbours of our family picnic area their 4 year olds told us they loved our belugas and one of our “spinny” rides. They arrived too late to catch the first show but were going to the next one. Mom said “Marineland is all about family memories”.