On July 4, 2013, Vancouver Aquarium members Steve Ivacko and Caroline Derksen were celebrating Steve’s birthday at White Rock Beach, where they witnessed the rescue of a distressed harbour seal pup. A team from the Aquarium’s Marine Mammal Rescue Centre had been called out after receiving reports about a lethargic pup lying near the water’s edge and being attacked by gulls.

Rescued harbour seal pup Lynx at the Rescue Centre.

Rescued harbour seal pup Lynx at the Rescue Centre.

The little pup, named Lynx, was transported to the Rescue Centre for rehabilitation and eventual release back into the wild. You can read all about Lynx’s story here.

The rescue of Lynx made a big impact on Steve and Caroline, and they wanted to do something to help. With their wedding coming up in the fall, they decided that in lieu of wedding favours, they would make a special donation to the Rescue Centre.

“We really wanted to do something meaningful that we could share with our family and friends,” says Steve. “This was a very ‘us’ thing to do and all of our guests really appreciated the importance of the gift.”

We’d like to extend a big thank you to Steve and Caroline for their generous support. We wish you all the happiness in the world!

As a self-supporting, non-profit organization, the Vancouver Aquarium does not receive ongoing funds to operate its Marine Mammal Rescue Centre, but relies on the support of caring people like Steve and Caroline to continue its work. Learn more here.

The Vancouver Aquarium Marine Mammal Rescue Centre, presented by Port Metro Vancouver and supported by Teekay Shipping, is grateful for the support of its community partners.


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