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Patrick with Tortuga the terrapin

Patrick with Tortuga the terrapin.

Name: Patrick Cole

Hometown: Old Bridge, NJ

Education: BS, Zoo Science, Delaware Valley College

Assignment: Paws On aquarium, Caribbean Trail

On the job since: 2016

Previous experience: Jenkinson’s Aquarium (2011), Elmwood Park Zoo (2011–2012), North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores (2016)

Favorite animals to work with: Stingrays

Underwater wonders: Patrick is an aquarist, meaning he specializes in the care of fish. In addition to feeding, training and cleaning up after their animals, aquarists maintain the complicated life support systems needed to house water-dwelling creatures.