Of the five people in the freshwater department, only two were at the aquarium today: the big boss and I. This was actually pretty nice, because I got to operate independently for most of the day. My boss was off doing his own thing for most of the morning, which meant that I got to do my daily duties without supervision, or without having to ask if they needed me to do something else first. My boss came back for feeding time, and let me go feed the bullfrogs, lungfish, bowfin, and albino turtle, completely by myself, with no supervision, which was awesome. It was really nice to be trusted with feeding the animals, even though it’s a small task. I also got to lay out the floss bags, which was a little trickier, because I had to remember which bags went to which systems. Not only that, but some systems need a specific kind of floss bag, For example, the turtle system has to have a floss bag with a long string, because the bag has to be tied around a pipe to secure it.
But back to the feeding. Much like on Wednesday, not many of the animals wanted to eat. The bullfrogs, however, were very eager to eat. So eager, in fact, that they either knocked the food off of their feeding stick, or jumped on the grass stalks in their tank and tried to eat them. They’re no the brightest bulbs in the box.
After feeding, I washed all the food containers, and changed the floss bags like I usually do. All in all, it was a pretty normal day, but it was really nice to be able to do my daily duties without supervision, and to be trusted enough to feed the animals, and change the floss bags by myself, both of which are pretty important jobs. I hope that I keep being given freedom, and keep being trusted to do things on my own. I can’t believe that I only have two weeks left in my internship, and I hope I keep learning!