Did you ever dream of becoming a marine biologist? Have you ever wondered what it’s like to work at the UK’s largest Aquarium looking after sharks, turtles and more?

Discover the fascinating world of animal husbandry in our latest Aquarium Lates sessions. Our Aquarium biologists will be exploring the amazing things they do to help care for over 4,000 animals here at the National Marine Aquarium.

The events talks and speakers include:


Talk 1: The Life of an Aquarium Curator

A look into what it takes to manage the animal husbandry team at the National Marine Aquarium, as well as over 4,000 animals.

Speaker: Marcus Williams (NMA Curator)

With years of experience moving sharks and building exhibits, Marcus will dive into his role so far.

Talk 2: Eagle Ray Breeding

An insight into our Eagle Ray Breeding programme and how breeding these species in aquaria supports wild populations via reintroduction programmes and the eventual eradication of wild caught individuals at aquaria around the world.

Speaker: Ian McNee (Lead Biologist Diver)

Ian has years of experience working with animals and developing breeding programmes.

Talk 3: Live Food Internship

One of our fantastic interns Emily will be diving into her four-month experience as the Live Food intern here at the National Marine Aquarium.

Speaker: Emily Palmer (Husbandry Intern)

Find out how Emily applied her experiences trying to culture algae and other live food, the obstacles she faced and how she overcame them. Plus, what she’s learnt about life at the Aquarium and advice for future interns (the good, the cute and the smelly!)

Talk 4: Volunteering in Animal Husbandry

Find out all about what it’s like to volunteer with Animal Husbandry here at the NMA, including all the different opportunities available and how to get involved! With insights into the day to day running and development of our exhibits.

Speaker: Emma Whittle (Assistant Curator)

Emma has worked at Aquariums all over the UK and will be talking about what it’s like to experience this interesting and unique role and get the chance to help take care of the health and wellbeing of over 4,000 Ocean animals.

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Additional Information

In line with updated government guidance, from Monday 19th July 2021, we require all visitors over the age of 11 to wear face coverings when indoors at the Aquarium unless seated.


Children under 11 years old are exempt, although if they wish to wear one they may.  We are aware that there are a variety of health conditions that mean that some adults are exempt from wearing a face coverings.  Those who are exempt are still welcome to visit the Aquarium.

Our Welcome team will ask you to put your mask on before entering the Aquarium, please let us know at this point if you are unable to wear a face covering.

Masks are available to purchase at all till points at the NMA.

Track and Trace

In line with government guidance the contact information provided for this booking may be passed onto track and trace to help stop the spread of covd-19. The information will be held for 21 days. In order to support the NHS Test and Trace, the government require attractions to take the name and contact information for each visitor over the age of 16, or for those visitors to scan our site QR code with the NHS Test & Trace app.

Event information

This event is open for all to attend, but please be aware that this is a lecture evening, with talks about our animal husbandry work.

Doors open at 18:00, with the first talk starting at 18:30. The evening will finish at 20:00.

The National Marine Aquarium (NMA) is the UK’s largest aquarium, located in Britain’s Ocean City, Plymouth. It is run by the Ocean Conservation Trust, a charity dedicated to connecting people with the Ocean.

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