Lessons learnt at the Two Oceans Aquarium
By Renee Leeuwner – Assistant Communications and Sustainability Manager at Two Oceans Aquarium / 13 February 2013
In all my years at the Aquarium, I’ve learned so much. Much more than what can be recounted in one simple blog. A lot of the things, facts, lessons – call them what you will – relate to marine animals and the marine environment.
Like, did you know clownfish all start off as males? If something happens to the dominant female, the dominant male changes into a female.
However, a lot of the things I have learned are not related to fish or marine life. They are directly related to people. I have learned that teamwork is vital. This is something that is not always easy to grasp, especially if you are used to doing things your own way. But play with the team and more often than not, the results will be amazing.
Passion comes in all shapes and sizes. At the Aquarium there are people who are passionate about the smallest of the small through to the biggest of the big; educating our country’s future generations, and working for the survival of our marine heritage. Then there are those who are dedicated to opening up an underwater world to a whole new audience.
Another lesson that I’ve learned is that we fear the unknown and the only way we can still that fear is to learn as much as we can about the things we fear. I’m sure that if all we ever heard about hippos was that they kill almost 3 000 people a year, we’d look at them quite differently.
So how can we have a balanced and informed view of sharks or snakes if all we ever hear is that they bite or “attack”?
The greatest lesson I have learned is that sometimes, even when you aren’t deliberately doing something awesome, you might just be influencing someone’s way of thinking, their actions and their future. Setting a good example can sometimes be your greatest gift to the world.