S: Mystic Jan 2010-April 2011
BC: The End
FC: Jan 2010-April 2011
1: Back in 2003 I got a book with a list of all the different aquariums in the world. In this book I read about a small aquarium in Mystic Connecticut. | From the moment I read about it I knew Mystic was where I wanted to end up, | In 2008 I told a trainer, Dave, at Disney where I wanted to go, he told me his best friend worked at Mystic | In 2009 I met a man I had never met before at IMATA, his name was Mike Osborne. | I asked him where he worked, he said "Mystic Aquarium" | I said, "Oh My God, I want to work there so bad" | It was only afterwards I found out he was the Dave's best friend and the "boss of Mystic" | In Dec 2009 I e-mailed Mike and asked about volunteering at Mystic, he suggested an internship with the Pribilof Islands and Penguin team | 4 months after my internship started, I was hired as a temporary trainer until November. In November I was extended until Feb. In Feb I was extended without an end date.
2: My first Day was a Wednesday. I met two volunteers, Lori and Rachel. And one of the first things they told me was "Wednesday's are going to be your favorite days... 15 months later... and I could never prove them wrong. | Volunteers Make Our Days Brighter! | Monday's | Tuesday's | Wednesday's
3: Sunday's | Friday's | Thursday's | Saturday's
4: Jen Tidswell Always perfect and kind | Erin Gibbons Enrichment Queen, a nicer person you may never meet | Lynn Turcott Someday I hope to be able to speak in public as well as her | Kyle Hurst Puts up with so much as the only guy on the team and still never complains
5: Tracy Camp So many stories, so little time, the whole reason Mystic has the safety protocols it does. | Sarah Misslin The quiet, strong backbone of the team. Amazing person. | Sasha Francis So much fun, never without a laugh. | Melissa Catle Smiles all around Works hard and always there to help.
6: Whale Team!
7: Kate , My dearest friend and mentor, so many amazing memories | Kim, So much patience, and so many laughs. | Justin, The teacher of us all. I owe him almost all of my training knowledge | Kelly, Someone you can always turn too, and can always count on to go "GaGa" in the fish house | Lindsey, So sweet and generous, you know she'll go the extra mile
8: Kodiak | "1-2-10-4, Kodi is in the House" | 25,000 Lbs of fun, from April to June. My first real experience with animal aggression
9: So unbelievably smart, "always 3 steps ahead of anyones training plan."
10: Rocky | Proving that you don't have to be big to be boss, he ran that pool and no one dared steel his fish.
11: Astro | The youngest that always liked to cause trouble for everyone else in the pool,
12: Old and sweet, such a fun animal. | L.A.
13: Mara | Hard-headed, fun and bossy towards everyone
14: Juneau | Old, blind and cranky and still a favorite of everyones
15: Sweet and Spazzy, my favorite stellar. | Eden
24: A family is pieced together with hope and faith. A family is quilted and bound with love and grace.