Shark Tank

Swimming with sharks doesn’t terrify Jennifer McAndrew. For her, it is just another day on the job.

“People ask if it is scary being in a tank with 13 sharks, but the truth is that we overfeed them and they are so used to divers in the tank that they don’t see us as any type of threat or food source,” she said.

Jennifer McAndrew

McAndrew works as a husbandry aquarium technician at the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island. She helps take care of the fish and sharks there by cleaning the tanks, preparing food, and feeding the animals. She also participates in dive shows.

“In a dive show, the divers communicate to an educator with a group of visitors outside of the tank,” she said. “The visitors ask questions, and we answer them from inside the tank. While half the dive team is doing the dive show, the others are cleaning.”

McAndrew graduated from Penn State in May 2011 with a degree in wildlife and fisheries science and worked as a summer camp educator at the Brandywine Zoo in Wilmington, Del., until her current job opened.

“This job has given me the opportunity to experience things most people never get to,” she said. “It also has taught me more about marine and coastal animals than book learning ever could.”

To learn more about the Wildlife and Fisheries Science major, visit the Wildlife and Fisheries Science website.

Cassidy Holmes