When did you know you wanted to get a career in marine biology?
I first became interested in marine biology when I was three years old. I watched the movie Free Willy and decided I was going to save the whales. From then on I read as much as I could about the ocean, slowly graduating from picture books to research papers. I’ve since graduated from the University of Guelph’s Marine & Freshwater Biology program and I’m so thrilled that I get to work with the animals that I’ve been fascinated with my whole life.
Favourite aquatic animal in the aquarium?
Hands down favourite animal in the ocean and pretty much the whole world is the cuttlefish. I find their social interactions and method of communication so interesting. The level of control they have over the colours and textures of their skin is a spectacle all on its own. If you visit the aquarium be sure to take a close look!
Best part about working at Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada?
The best part of working at Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada, apart from being surrounded by such wonderful animals, is seeing people who have never had the opportunity to see these animals before. Watching the light bulb go off when they realize that there’s so much more to a fish than batter and a deep fryer and that these are creatures worth caring about and protecting. Our oceans are in trouble and if I can get even one person a day to take an interest in marine life then that’s the best reward.