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.