As a spectator, you may see the job of an aquarist as a hobbyist’s life of sheer bliss – which it is, at least for the most part. In reality, our work extends far beyond feeding fish and swimming with them. In this post, we’re taking you on a tour behind-the-scenes and showing you what Blue Planet aquarists do on a daily basis.
We aquarists typically work for the aquatic section of a zoo – or, in this case, an aquarium – and our day-to-day duties generally include taking care of the fish and the aquatic animals, and hosting talks and feeding times. We work around the clock to make sure our creatures live in a safe and nurturing environment, which is why we’re always keeping an eye out for any signs of sickness, disease, or even injury. If any are spotted, we will then proceed to provide swift treatment.
Blue Planet Aquarium is home to more than 100 living displays, as well as one of Europe’s largest collections of sharks. This means that we, as resident aquarists, are responsible for observing for any anomalies in our displays, cleaning both the insides and the outsides of the tanks, and creating and upkeeping the habitats that are so important in making your visit extra special.
We spend much of our time within the aquarium environment – we could be working in the office, handling inventory, monitoring and maintaining our equipment (such as pumps, filters, and heaters), getting ready for the next event, preparing foods for feeding times, or actually hosting feeding times and other scheduled talks. However, we do have to work irregular hours from time to time in order to fit feeding times into our schedules or to avoid public viewing hours.
Luckily for us, we have a rather full schedule of talks and feeding times throughout the day (up to 15 every day!), which means every day is equally exciting and every day we get ample opportunity to interact with our lovely visitors – you!
During these times, we say hello to our creatures, feed them, talk you through the process, and answer questions from little ones and adults alike, so as to educate all of our visitors about our fascinating creatures – and nothing gives us more pleasure than that!
Speaking of feeding the creatures, did you know we prepare the food ourselves and make any dietary adjustments that may be required to keep our creatures strong and healthy? Additionally, we’re also responsible for making sure that the aquarium, the tanks, and the displays are all clean and algae-free. But that’s not all: we’re also tasked with maintaining the water clarity to a high level and adjusting the water temperature whenever necessary.
At Blue Planet Aquarium, we offer a variety of shark dive packages to suit all ages and abilities – all of which are accompanied by an aquarist, so it’s our job to make sure our divers are safe throughout the dive and to help them the make the most of the experience.
As you can probably tell, the job of an aquarist can be highly physically demanding at times. Transporting animals from one tank to another takes a lot of physical strength, so if you dream of becoming an aquarist someday, we suggest you better eat your greens and start building up some muscles!
Fancy learning more about our creatures from us? We’re here year-round, so any time is a good time to pay us a visit! If you’d like to set a date for a shark dive, you can book online today or give us a call on 0151 357 8804 for more information. Enjoy our seasonal discounts of standard entry tickets too when you book online – all our talks and feeds are included in the price of your ticket!