Vancouver Aquarium Seals

Philip Demers

At Marineland, I Watched These Seals Suffer

In 2005, the Vancouver Aquarium sent five harbour seals to Marineland Canada and they suffered in the poor conditions. I was one of the employees who received them. Maintaining balanced water chemistry was always a challenge for the maintenance employees, and dangerous spikes in chlorine and ozone off-gas levels were common. One particular incident claimed Pepper the harbour seal's life. Her suffering and subsequent death I recall vividly.