Any advice for someone that loves all things marine life but can't pursue marine biology because they suck at math and science? Asking for a friend.
Hey there! I do have some suggestions for potential career paths that relate to marine biology. I hope this short list is helpful.
1) Ecotourism is a huge industry that is quickly growing, particularly for coastal environments. Right now, there is a high demand for guided nature cruises and kayak trips as well as shelling and providing beach ecosystem education.
2) Environmental journalism/photography/videography are options for someone who enjoys writing or taking photos. Either as a freelance writer/photographer or as part of a publication, you’ll likely travel to see marine life as well as interview people who are in the marine biology field. You’ll also likely encounter fisherman and others who make their livelihood from the ocean, so you’ll get to meet some really interesting people. With videography, you could help film footage for documentaries.
3) Marine life education can be provided as an aquarium educator or nature preserve employee. You can guide people on tours, provide information on the different organisms, and observe the animals’ daily behavior so that you can alert the aquarist at the aquarium about behavioral changes.
4) SCUBA/snorkeling guides get to interact with wildlife daily. You’ll also likely be exposed to maneuvering a vessel. This is under the umbrella of ecotourism, but you’ll be under the water instead of on it. The captain and first mate lead tours almost every day of the week. You’ll learn where specific wildlife like to congregate and get to provide a bit of education to the clientele.
5) Boat captains/first mates/maritime police are connected to many of these other careers and would be a good option for someone who likes boating. You’ll learn navigation and maritime laws as well as gain valuable insight from seasoned skippers. You could captain tours or research expeditions, or you could enforce maritime law.
6) Park rangers/fish and game wardens are also rewarding positions that can give you exposure to marine life. Whether employed by a private company or local/state/federal government, you’ll get to protect wildlife and provide education to park visitors.
speaking of my dad’s somewhat disgusting career, my favorite story involving trying to tell people what he does for a living is this one:
I took french in 4th-6th grade, and at some point we were learning words for professions. The teacher had us go around the circle and say what our parents did, and then she’d tell us the word in for that profession in french, and we’d repeat it. Real cutting-edge pedagogical technique, clearly.
So we went around, learning french words for things like “dentist” and “restaurant owner” and “accountant” and “electrician”. Then she got to me.
“Mica, what does your mother do?” she asked, unsuspectingly.
“She makes larger than life, anatomically accurate, fully dissectible models of marine animals for nonprofit educational purposes” I said, giving my very practiced ‘mama’s job spiel’.
My teacher’s face was a study in blank incomprehension.
“Euh.” she said, “And… and what about your father?”
“He installs alternative eco-friendly wastewater treatment systems!” I said, now smiling broadly like the little shit I was.
“……” She was looking distinctly hunted now.
“He used to be a carpenter?” I added, doing what may or may not have been a convincing impression of 'helpful innocence’.
“Ah, charpentier.” she said, grasping the lifeline like a drowning person.
I have never in my life seen a person look more relieved to hear the word carpenter.
99.9% of wording courtesy of my co-worker and friend.
The hypocrisy of people against SeaWorld is infuriating. I am going to start by saying I 100% support our military, their use of animals, and the bond between all animals and people. This is not a criticism of the story in this movie, but an example of hypocrisy. The woman behind this movie (Gabriela Cowperthwaite) is the same woman behind Blackfish. So, she is OK with training dogs to enter situations where they can be shot or blown up, but she’s not OK with training killer whales and other marine mammals to educate the public and inspire them to care about the planet? (By the way, the military also uses dolphins.) This director believes in the extraordinary bond between these dogs and soldiers but not between other animals and people!? (She did all she could to belittle and minimize the importance and even existence of the the bond between the trainers and whales in Blackfish.) Smells just like that cancerous website, The Dodo. The Dodo is run (with Daddy’s money) by a woman named Izzie Lerer. She happens to be an avid equestrian. She keeps horses in stalls and rides them for her enjoyment and entertainment, yet one of her biggest focuses is spreading negative propaganda against SeaWorld for…using animals for entertainment. Both women use manipulation and sensationalism to further their careers and business despite condoning and sharing stories, and participating in activities, that share the same fundamental principles.
#DidYouKnow - The narrower the pupil in relation to the horizon, the greater accuracy of depth perception in peripheral vision? Pair that with the fact that the octopuses optical nerve fibers are behind retina and you get absolutely no blind spot which means an octopus can see everything that is going on in their environment. Pretty cool huh nation?! 📸: Gustavo Maqueda
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“People who have faced death often speak of their lives flashing before
their lives. Something much different happened to dolphin trainer
Richard O'Barry when one of the dolphins that played Flipper on
television died of stress in his arms. He realized that most of his
career as an animal trainer had been a mistake and that dolphins have as
much right to freedom as humans. He vowed not to rest until he freed
every last dolphin that could be returned to the wild successfully.
is a true story that will move not only animal lovers but everyone who
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important to human life, they are not worth the cost to these beautiful
and gentle animals.
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dolphin, but that didn’t stop him, and he now devotes his life to
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the pride of the billion-dollar dolphin captivity industry, he has since
become its nemesis.”
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“Sharks are beautiful animals, and if you’re lucky enough to see lots of them, that means that you’re in a healthy ocean. You should be afraid if you are in the ocean and don’t see sharks.” – Sylvia Earle, Oceanographer
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If you were to ask me “Hey Joe, what are pygmy seahorses masters of?” then of course my answer would be “CUTENESS!!!” I had no idea that they were also connoisseurs of camo.
But scientists had never asked how these diminutive deceivers were able to match their knobby host corals so closely. This video, the first in a new series called Deep Look from KQED, tells the story of how California Academy of Sciences researchers put their adorable little hiding ability to the test.
The results are not only an awesome bit of science, the close-up shots of this micro-marine world are just beautiful to behold.
I just discovered the existence of Sakana-Kun (Mr. Fish) who is a marine science educator at Tokyo University of Marine Science, and he has this trademark fish hat ??? From what I’ve gathered he’s like bill nye but for fish ??? I’ve never wanted someone’s job more in my entire life oh my god