The Vancouver Aquarium is a fixture in the city of Vancouver, and almost ever guest – no matter how young or old – must wonder every time they go, “How awesome would it be to work here?”
Brian Sheehan is the Curator of Marine Mammals at the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Center, and spends his days with the animals of the Aquarium.
“Every day I come in, there’s something new to learn, there’s new people to speak with…my day starts off and I come in and visit all my friends – both my staff and the animals I interact with.”
Sheehan says he works with many of the Aquarium’s mammals, including the sea otters, belugas, and dolphins.
“Right now my favourite is Chester, the false killer whale. My office actually looks into his habitat, and we’ve developed quite a relationship together. We watch each other, he makes sure I’m working hard when I’m supposed to…he’ll kind of hide around a corner and blow bubbles at me, just to let me know he’s there.”
He says that the best parts of his job include rescuing and building a relationship with the Aquarium’s animals, and also building relationships with the Aquarium’s guests.
“A teacher came in with her class, and was telling her class that as a younger person, she had come in and spoken with me on a field trip. And then now she had come back with her class. So that’s really neat.”
Listen to Brian’s full interview with Lynda by clicking the link below: