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Internship Week One

My first week at the National Marine Life Center has been all that I could hope for. The great group of staff members and volunteers has welcomed me and has already made me feel comfortable at my new internship.

In addition to getting to know everyone at NMLC, I have learned a lot about caring for and rehabilitating endangered species of turtles. I came into the week knowing fairly little about what goes into preparing an unhealthy animal to return to the wild, but I am quickly finding out just how extensive of a process this can be. Helping out with water quality testing and admitting
new patients has been interesting and very informative. I never would have imagined how much attention the little turtles require in order to ensure that they are healthy enough to be released
into their natural habitat.

I have also enjoyed helping to educate the public about turtles, marine mammals, and the goals of NMLC. Answering the questions of inquisitive girl scouts as well as their parents on Monday was a lot of fun. The release of the red-bellied cooters on Friday gave me a chance to pass on what I have learned in this week to the enthusiastic families who came to assist and watch. It was also exciting to see the turtles raised by NMLC, along with over one hundred others, released into a pond where they will hopefully thrive and help to increase the population of this beautiful endangered species of turtle.

I am excited for what I will learn over the remainder of the summer about rehabilitating animals and educating people who pay a visit to NMLC.

Posted by Brian Q.
Brian is a Summer, 2011 Intern at the National Marine Life Center.


  1. Your funny, informative and endearing post made me want to pack my bags and check out the NMLC first hand. Can’t wait for your story and a turtles update!

  2. Hi Brian,
    Love your blog – reading about your experiences this summer will be a great way to learn about the important work of the NMLC!
    Thanks, and looking forward to your next posting.

  3. Wow Brian! Seems like a really interesting & informative internship! You have a great writing sense & I found this week’s post to be quite intriguing & funny – enjoy the part about the “inquisitive girl scouts”. Have you always been interested in wildlife?

  4. also when i’m with animals i feel a special connection with them. Like i’ve known the animal forever and we have the best bond:) i love them!!

  5. i would love to volunteer to help out with the marine life or even being in the same room with one. or even feeding caring, cleaning up after them i would love to know as much information as possible about volunteering. age limit, requirements, pay? and times also how. thank you so so much:)

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