Marine Mammal Trainer/Biologist
Mikayla and I decided to interview Irene Gilgoff from the Pacific Marine Mammal Center. She is one of the most experienced employees there, being there for about fifteen years, marine animals are her life. The main parts of Irene’s job include working with the mammal’s hands on and taking care of them throughout the day. The Pacific Marine Mammal Center can be reached at (949) 494-3050 and is located at 20612 Laguna Canyon Road in Laguna Beach, California. Also known as PMMC, the center was founded in 1971, as a non-profit organization dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation, and release of marine mammals stranded along the Orange County coastline and to increase public awareness of the marine environment through education and research.
Ways that the economy would affect the business of the Pacific Marine Mammal Center would be dealing with donations from people around the world, and distributing the money in various ways that benefit the mammals and to help take care of them. The donations go towards anything from the mammals, to cleaning tools and to paying other employees. Another thing about the Pacific Marine Mammal Center is that people volunteer there for free to help the animals if they need community service hours, or if they just feel the need to help out. There are enormous ways that we can help out with the Marine Mammal Center and the aquarium nearby. Irene mentioned that this can be a very competitive field, but living in Laguna Beach has its benefits for people seeking a career in Marine Biology. When in college, people can volunteer at the center. This can make a big impact and if you’ve made yourself dedicated to working with marine mammals as a volunteer, then whomever decides to hire you will know that they’ve made a good choice. It’s not about the money, or about how many volunteers they have that can help out, the most important thing is that these adorable seals and playful seal pups can become...
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