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The Randomness of it All

Education | Volunteering

Thursday, September 06, 2007


Oh, volunteering a few Saturdays ago was the usual. You know, answering questions, talking on the microphone, encouraging guests to touch the critters in the touch labs, and of course, having a superstar visit the Aquarium.

My day captain, Luis called me over to him while I was working at the Coastal Corner Discover Lab in the Northern Pacific gallery. He informed me that there was a current big celebrity visiting the Aquarium, but I can’t mention who it was in order to protect their privacy. A few seconds after Luis told me, I spotted her along with her children and entourage. It was only for a few seconds, but I saw her a few more times later on in the day.

Other than that, volunteering was usual. But when I say usual, it means that my day was a blast. It seems like whoever sets foot in the Aquarium suddenly gets an extra boost of cool. Most of the guests I come in contact with are so fun-loving, laid back, and most importantly, extremely interested in the animals. It’s great when guests ask tons of questions and tell their own stories about some encounters they have had with animals in the wild. It’s a neat experience to chat with hundreds of great people every time I volunteer. I’ve already learned so much from the guests alone.

Then, there are always the questions that stump you. For example, while I was staffing the ray pool this little girl came up to me and asked, “Do stingrays see in color or black and white?” :gulp: I had no clue. And that was exactly what I told her. I spotted a husbandry worker a few feet away and invited the girl to come along with me to ask her and find out. We asked, and she also had no clue. We asked another husbandry worker, and she didn’t know either. I looked it up when I got home and … no luck. Thankfully, there were still plenty of people at the Aquarium to ask. One of our curators mentioned that scientists do believe stingrays have some perception of color, but they are currently performing tests to get an idea of just how much color they see. I seriously learn something new every time I’m at the Aquarium, even if it is just something minor. I love how those questions lead to new knowledge.

Also, on another day I went to a going-away tea party for one of the main education volunteer coordinators named Jacky. That was so much fun. Mostly I just hung around with my day captains, who happen to be some of the funniest people alive. I saw a few of my fellow volunteers that I hadn’t seen in months, and I met some volunteers that I haven’t seen at all. Sometimes it’s really nice to get together with the people you work with and just get the opportunity to know them better. I’ve already gotten so close to a lot of them, and I’ve only been volunteering in education for eight months. I’m still getting used to how amazing everyone is. It’s going to be a tough day when I have to leave the Aquarium in order to go to college…

That’s all for now. Look for my next blog soon! :)

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Wednesday, September 26, 2007 08:04 PM

Hi Brittany,

Can’t you give us at least a hint of who the big celebrity was?  Maybe a clue or two?  (Just kidding, don’t want you to get busted!)

  I think it’s great that you are enjoying your time at the aquarium so much.  I’m sure you’re learning tons of useful information that you will put to good use in your career.

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Friday, September 28, 2007 07:39 PM

Thank you Jenne! Haha. I wish I could reaveal who the celebrity was! But no can do.

Yes, I get the feeling that I am learning loads of information to aid me in my career as well. And having fun along with it, which doesn’t hurt.

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