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July 11, 2011

broccoli the seal

Two weeks ago, our Director of Marketing, Christy Murphy, was walking the Seawall and found a tiny baby seal who had been abandoned by its mother when he was less than 24 hours old. It was clear that he was hungry, cold and unable to swim. Christy climbed down the rocks, wrapped him up, and waited for Vancouver Aquarium’s Marine Mammal Rescue Centre volunteers to arrive.

Broccoli now happily spends his days at the Rescue Centre where they are preparing him for his big release back into the wild, scheduled for 2-3 months from now. The Rescue Centre, run by a mixture of volunteers, interns and employees largely relies on donations to maintain their services to animals in need; with almost 40 seal pups in their care this summer so far (and upwards of 150 pups by the end of last year) this organization deserves all the help it can get! Each rescued seal costs the centre about $3,000…

We at Cactus Club Cafe have  long supported the efforts of this wonderful local non-profit organization – through our Ocean Wise menu and in-store promotions – and we’d love for Broccoli’s story to inspire yet another avenue to support the Vancouver Aquarium.

Visit to read more about what the Marine Mammal Rescue Centre does for our fragile ocean inhabitants. If you can, click “donate now” at the top of the page to help out Broccoli – or one of his furry, slippery, or scaly friends!