Published on November 25th, 2013 | by SMUMN0
Allison Wachal’s adventurous aquarium internship
Previously published in the Cardinal Student Newspaper
By Katie Krull, Feature Editor
Saint Mary’s University senior Allison Wachal experienced the lifestyle of a marine biologist this summer in Clearwater, Fla., through her internship as an instructor at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium.
An education major with an emphasis in biology, Wachal would teach children about aquatic creatures that they would see and interact with.
She was inspired to take on a marine biology internship from “Dolphin Tale,” a movie about the creation of a prosthetic tail for an injured dolphin. According to its website, the Clearwater Marine Aquarium is a small non-profit organization whose goal is to promote the “preservation of marine life and the environment through education, research, rehabilitation, and release.” By following these guidelines, this organization is able to help other injured marine animals, like those portrayed in “Dolphin Tale,” and to get younger generations interested in the overall well-being of the marine environment.
Wachal said the best part of her experience was “seeing how big of an impact that this small organization had on the whole world.”
Wachal said her internship proved to be an “amazing experience,” which mixed two passions of hers: marine life and teaching children. Although she did not go into the water with marine animals like some of her coworkers, she did get to see them throughout the day.