Jennie Janssen - Whale Sharks, Mantas & Jellies : Oh My! From Happy Valley to a Career in Public Aquaria
You know what you love, but can you make a living at it? When your dream is to have a job where you can swim with sharks every day, not only do people think you're crazy, but you too recognize the impracticality of such an aspiration. But, life sometimes plays out unexpectedly and dreams can suddenly become reality. In my 20+ years working in public aquaria, I've logged over 750 dives (most with sharks), opened the world's largest aquarium, conducted the first physicals on whale sharks, participated in coral restoration, discovered a new species of box jellyfish, and am currently collaborating with the Smithsonian and National Geographic. This presentation will revisit some of my journey's highlights and the lessons I've learned along the way.
E.O. Grundset, Lecture, Jennie Janssen, Marine Biology
Southern Adventist University, "Jennie Janssen - Whale Sharks, Mantas & Jellies : Oh My! From Happy Valley to a Career in Public Aquaria" (2019). E.O. Grundset Lecture Series. 4.