Marine Mammals in Captivity

Cetaceans (whales, dolphins and porpoises) are routinely caught from the wild for public display facilities around the world. Canada does not allow the capture of cetaceans in Canadian waters for aquarium and marine park displays, but does allow the importation of cetaceans from other jurisdictions.

The Vancouver Aquarium and Marineland Canada are the only two Canadian facilities that currently display cetaceans, including wild-caught individuals. Additional, new captive cetacean facilities have been proposed in various parts of Canada, but none have yet been constructed.

Zoocheck works to raise public awareness and address issues regarding the capture, importation and confinement of cetaceans in aquarium and marine park displays.