Shannon Unger (Forest Sciences)

Marine Education Ambassador at Nicholas Sonntag Marine Education Centre in Gibsons, BC

Shannon holding a starfish and smiling.

For my first Co-op work term, I have been working at an aquarium called the Nicholas Sonntag Marine Education Center on the Sunshine Coast.  As a Marine Education Ambassador, my tasks varied widely, from caring for animals such as octopus, crabs, sea stars, anemones and rockfish to cleaning up marine debris from our waters. Every day’s tasks were vastly different from each other.  Over this work term, I have gained a lot of practical knowledge about the identification of marine species, how to properly care for and feed aquatic animals, the proper protocols in the collect and release of animals and how to engage the public of all ages in meaningful ways about endangered species in our waters.  This placement has provided me with so much hands-on experience and I am so grateful that I have gotten to participate in the celebration of our marine life here in the Pacific Northwest.  This job has shown me the intriguing behaviors of animals and the biodiversity teeming underneath our waters; I will never look at the ocean the same way again!

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