Marineland, Niagara Falls – Why would animal rights activists sit on footage of an animal they believed to be suffering for 103 days before releasing it? Today, August 31, 2016 anti-Marineland protesters released a video filmed of a deer on May 21, 2016 titled ‘Injured deer at Marineland Canada’ with the following sensational description “Marineland Canada is under intense scrutiny for their treatment of whales and dolphins, but this neglect extends well beyond marine mammals.”
In reality, anti-Marineland activists have filmed a scenario common to all land based mammals who set foot or hoof in an environment where pebbles lurk. The deer in question had a pebble caught in his hoof, similar to when a beachgoer has a pebble in their shoe. This is an experience that no one, not even a deer, would enjoy. At Marineland, our staff respond to situations like these by approaching the animal and removing the pebble from their hoof – a service not offered to deer in the wild.
The catastrophized medical diagnoses offered by individuals relying on poor quality footage shot on cellphone cameras is once again wrong. Despite the ill-informed prophecies of individuals who lack any formal veterinary training, once again selective footage of one reality has been presented as something completely different.
In the real world where Marineland’s mammals live and continue to thrive, our animal care team diligently provide unparalleled levels of care for the mammals who live at our park. We embrace the frequent visits from the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (OSPCA) and continue to follow best practices of animal care, despite the ill-informed opinions of non-experts who exclusively rely on amateur videos to feed their need to find something to fault at Marineland.
Marineland Canada is the most regulated and inspected facility of its kind and offers a fun -filled destination for families and friends, while also providing an opportunity to interact with a variety of species that most in the Great Lakes region would otherwise be unable to see. Our park continues to remain committed to providing high quality care to all animals who call Marineland home and continues to rely on formally educated and qualified veterinary experts who have real time interaction with our animals to do so.
We welcome inquiries from media on this latest false claim from anti-Marineland activists and others where a reality check is needed and will be happy to work with any government sanctioned regulator or investigator who is interested in knowing more about our land based mammal care practices.
The most important part of a marine mammal caregiver’s job is keeping routine records of all of the animals.
“We have sheets for each of the animals. We’ll write down what they did that day, their behavior that day and how they are interacting with the other animals they are living with,” said Dan Macdonald, marine mammal caregiver.
These records are used to communicate with other caregivers and veterinary staff, so they can stay up to date with each animal.
The bond between a caregiver and marine mammal is strong. The Marineland caregivers feel connected with the animals and love getting to know the individual personalities.
Check out this video to find out what a typical day is like for a marine mammal caregiver:
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.
Marineland is pleased to announce that the Digital Journal has today formally retracted the article it published on July 28, 2014 regarding the health and care of Kiska, Marineland’s killer whale. The complete text of the retraction appears below:
Digital Journal published an on-line article on July 28, 2014 by Elizabeth Batt, “Killer whale at Marineland appears to be ailing” in which Ms. Batt reported allegations about Kiska, the Killer Whale. Upon further review of the allegations contained in the Article, Digital Journal retracts the Article in its entirety.
The article failed to reference a number of publicly available, independent investigations into Kiska’s health. Specifically, the article failed to mention that Kiska’s health and care has been thoroughly reviewed with the full zoo inspection team of the OSPCA, and experts from CAZA, and that no issues of concern with Kiska’s health were noted. The zoo inspection team of the OSPCA has since inspected Kiska following the allegations in the article as recently as October of this year, and again found no issues of concern with Kiska’s health. Marineland has subsequently communicated to Digital Journal that: (i) Kiska is healthy and well cared for at Marineland, (ii) Kiska lives in the largest pool housing a Killer Whale in the world, (iii) all of the water in Kiska’s pool is filtered and exchanged every three hours through an advanced computerized water filtration system, and (iv) that the water system has been independently reviewed and approved by Stantec, recognized experts in water filtration systems.
Marineland has further communicated to Digital Journal that: (i) Kiska’s health is monitored daily by experienced staff and professionals and that she receives excellent medical care from highly qualified and experienced veterinarians, including expert medical consultants, (ii) Kiska receives a healthy diet of high quality fish and her appetite is healthy, as is her weight, and (iii) Kiska’s teeth are in good condition for her advanced age and she receives a preventative “rinse” daily.
Digital Journal prides itself on its high standards of journalism and regrets that they were not met in this isolated case. Digital Journal apologizes unreservedly to Marineland.
Not everyone is a daredevil, wanting to go over the Falls in a barrel. That doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a few thrills at Marineland. We have a range of rides for everyone, from gentle waves to white-knuckle adventure.
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.
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”.