What were you doing before joining Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada?
I was and still am currently in University, studying Zoology.
Favourite aquatic animal in the aquarium?
Mine would have to be the stingrays, specifically the Spotted Eagle Rays. They are one of the newest additions to the aquarium, and every time I look that them, I just can’t help but smile and laugh to myself. I don’t know about you but if an animal has the ability to do that, especially in public where everyone can see you and think you look like a lunatic laughing to yourself, it is magical. Others might beg to differ but I think the ones we have in our aquarium have such big personalities that it makes them stand out. To me at least.
Best part about working at Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada?
The best part working at RAC is being surrounded by various exotic animals all at once that you can never completely finish admiring them, and I’m here practically every day!!! You also learn something new each day from their behaviour and your own experiences with them!
Other than the animals, I am continuously inspired and motivated to continue pursuing my goals, in regards of conservation and research, by my coworkers. They are amazing and share the similar, if not same, passion that I do. Sometimes, it can be quite discouraging when a large part of the population doesn’t, but all I have to remember is that I’m not the only one who cares about these matters.
Any other fun facts about you?
Not a big fan of jellyfish… due to childhood traumatic memory. Yet, they still intrigue me to a great extent. And that I believe that Thresher sharks are underrated because they’re the best sharks ever, and yet people only think of Great Whites…. So shark-ist. Yeah, I know I’m peculiar.
What made you decide you wanted to pursue a career in Education/Marine biology?
Funny thing was that I wanted to be a doctor, a family physician to be specific….But then, I realized I liked animals more than humans. Jokes aside, I grew up watching a lot of animal shows and documentaries that developed my love for all these funny creatures. They’re just so inexplicable (sometimes), weird and mysterious, and I aspire to be one of those selected people who understands their behaviour. Physiology is something that definitely piques my interest, however, animal behaviour is the topic that I want to fully grasp and appreciate. I want to influence the future generations the way that those people inspired me when I was a mere, little youngin’ watching Animal Planet and National Geographic.