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2020 Service-Learning Symposium: Georgia Aquarium Fishes and Invertebrates Internship

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Georgia Aquarium Fishes and Invertebrates Internship

Author: Kaitlin Spivey

Faculty Supervisor: C. Tate Holbrook, Ph.D.

Community Partner: Georgia Aquarium


I interned in the Ocean Voyager exhibit, the largest exhibit in Georgia Aquarium. During my internship I gained hands-on husbandry experience working with the aquarium’s collection of sharks, rays, teleosts, reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates. I worked directly with the Fishes and Invertebrates Team to support the daily care of the aquarium’s collection.

Through this internship I acquired the skills of an entry level Aquarist. This skillset includes: diet preparation, water sample collection, exhibit and husbandry maintenance, learning animal behavior and assisting with animal handlings. I was able to observe a situation and question why it was important, what significance it may hold and how we can apply the knowledge for a bigger purpose.