| Emotional Story
When I started off as a volunteer with the Monterey Bay Aquarium we had a camera crew filming our Sea Otter Program. I was interested but I didn’t want to get in the way so I stood back and watched from afar. Our Aquarium vet noticed that I was hiding in the background and motioned for me to come closer to get a better look. I replied, “Oh, I’m just a volunteer”. He looked at me very puzzled and insisted I come closer. As the day went on I began cleaning filters and feeding otters. Soon after, our vet asked for me to come down to the surgery room to take a look at the otter and help his assistant in radiology. I thanked him for allowing me to participate and he made sure to let me know how thankful the Aquarium is for their volunteers. This is something I will never forget because I was reminded how important every role, volunteer or not, is to the Aquarium and their conservation efforts.
| Conservation Tip
Do your best to eliminate single-use plastics from your daily life!
Never ever say no to an opportunity, it may not be exactly what you wanted or dreamed of but I guarantee it will offer you amazing experiences regardless if you give it the chance.
| If You Could Be Any Animal, What Would You Be?
I would be a Sea Otter at the Monterey Bay Aquarium, because they’re living the life!