Meet marine biologist Mackenzie Mathews from the Oklahoma Aquarium | Leisure




Mackenzie Mathews, biologist in the marine fish division, works with Seamore, a loggerhead sea turtle, behind the exhibit at the Oklahoma Aquarium in Jenks.




Mackenzie Mathews feeds the fish at the Sea Turtle Island exhibit at the Oklahoma Aquarium.




Behind the scenes, Mathews

Mackenzie Mathews cleans an aquarium behind the exhibit at the Oklahoma Aquarium.




Behind the scenes, Mathews

Mackenzie Mathews, biologist in the marine fish division, cleans an aquarium behind the exhibit at the Oklahoma Aquarium.




Behind the scenes, Mathews

Mackenzie Mathews, biologist in the marine fish division, reviews an exhibit at the Oklahoma Aquarium.




Behind the scenes, Mathews

Mackenzie Mathews, biologist in the marine fish division, cares for the baby seahorses behind the exhibit at the Oklahoma Aquarium in Jenks.




Behind the scenes, Mathews

Mackenzie Mathews pulls fish and sea turtle food from a refrigerator behind the exhibit at the Oklahoma Aquarium in Jenks.

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Mackenzie Mathews works in the marine fish division at the Oklahoma Aquarium in Jenks. She decided to become a marine biologist to tell people about animals and how best to preserve them for future generations.

She said working in the aquarium enabled her to take advantage of these opportunities. One of her favorite things to do in the aquarium is interacting with Seamore, a 26-year-old, 300-pound loggerhead sea turtle who she recognizes even when she doesn’t care.

“Recently, on one of my days off, I was with my grandparents at the aquarium and Seamore seemed to recognize me. Even though there were a lot of people around, it was hanging right on the window where I was standing. He kept splattering me! I like to think he recognized me and hoped to get me to give him another meal. He also comes to the window in the morning to greet us again with splashes. “

Not only does she have the opportunity to interact with Seamore, but she can also talk about him with aquarium guests.

“He’s a good ambassador for why we need to protect sea turtles because he’s on the list of endangered species. Before COVID, we had feeding shows in the aquarium every day. The feeding show consisted of feeding the fish and sharks in our sea turtle exhibit. After feeding the animals, we talked to our guests about Seamore, loggerhead sea turtles, and sea turtle protection. I always enjoy talking about Seamore to guests because I absolutely love educating the public about animals and why it’s so important to preserve them! “