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What is the daily life as a Marine Biologist working in an aquarium?

I am a ninth grader who's looking into marine biology, but I know that you could go into many different jobs with a degree in marine biology. What would an average day for a Marine Biologist be in an aquarium? #biology #aquarium #marine-biology #animals

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Camila’s Answer

Hello Carys! Well, when you are an enthusiastic professional in the area of ​​Biology, your work routine, despite being arduous, becomes rewarding at the end of the day, as you will be collaborating for Ex Situ conservation (individuals raised in captivity), that is, a strategy of integrated conservation to protect endangered species. In addition to all the responsibility for caring for and inspecting the enclosures, the health of the animals, preparing food, medications when necessary, it is very important that techniques of environmental enrichment mechanisms be adopted, for animal welfare, since life in captivity it becomes monotome, adopting this technique the animals are more active and more stimulated to reproduce behaviors that they would have in natural habitat. I hope I have helped in some way. :)
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Kathleen’s Answer

Hi Carys! Working in an aquarium is rewarding and exciting, but requires a lot of planning and hard work. I've worked at two different aquariums (the Woods Hole Science Aquarium and the Kelly Tarlton Aquarium in New Zealand) and most aquarist jobs start early in the morning before the aquarium opens. Usually at 6am! We get to work preparing all the different foods that the animals will eat for the day, theres a big whiteboard to show which tanks will be eating what, and if they need any special medicines. That means chopping up small fish and shelling mussels. Usually while this happens another person starts to do a daily "check-up" of all the tanks. We check the temperatures, see how the tanks are working, the salinity or how much salt is in the water, and then see if any fish are looking ill. Once the aquarium opens, thats when the fun starts! We lead talks about the animals, lead snorkels or scubas with sharks and rays, and help with the touch tanks. Later in the day we get to work making sure all the tanks are neat and clean of algae. Its very hands on, and many aquariums would love to have interns to help with their daily work! If you are interested, try and reach out to an aquarium near you to try it out for yourself!

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