Fun fact: Baby Banded Water Snakes are not the nicest animals. They’re pretty mean. Today, my first duty was cleaning out the baby Banded Water Snake cage. I had to move the nine babies from their cage to a bucket, clean the cage, and then move them all back. Putting the snakes in the bucket wasn’t too bad, but putting them back in the cage was not fun. By that point they were pretty angry, and bit me a couple of times as I was moving them. Fortunately, they are so small that their bites don’t hurt, but it was still pretty freaky. After cleaning the snake cage, I learned that I had made a slight mistake the day before when I was backwashing. When I was refilling the blue catfish tank, I didn’t fill it up enough. This caused a number of air bubbles leak from the filters. This was a pretty serious mistake because the air bubbles have a lot of nitrogen in them, which can be extremely harmful to the fish. Fortunately, no permanent damage was done, and no fish were harmed. After this, I did mostly grunt work, like washing dishes and changing floss bags. I also got to help make a mesh cage for the quarantine building, so that smaller fish could be put in a cage with larger fish, but still remain safe. To clarify, the quarantine building is where the aquarium keeps animals that aren’t yet ready to go on exhibit. This allows them to be examined, treated for any sickness, and get adjusted to how the systems work.
This ends my first week at the aquarium, and I’m glad that I applied for an internship. Some days are better than others, and some tasks are much better than others, but the important thing is that I’m getting to work with people who really know what they’re doing.