Dolphins Plus is an education and
research facility located in Key Largo, Florida. The facility houses
fourteen Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphins and two California Sea Lions.
Their focus is to educate the public about dolphins and their
environment and to give their guests the opportunity to join their
world, by allowing them to go in the water and interact with the
dolphins "up close and personal."
Blake's goal was to gain an
understanding of the scientific process and to work with marine mammals
to help prepare for enter graduate school for a marine biology degree.
His responsibilities included working
directly with researchers and animal care staff members assisting with
ongoing research projects, participation in all aspects of animal care
and husbandry, guest relations, and day-to-day operations such as diet
preparation, overseeing swim sessions, and basic cleaning and
maintenance at the facility, and most importantly, interacting with the
was a great internship for anyone wanting to get closer to marine
mammals and their care and to have a better understanding of them