Speaking of hair and scales

Our employees share their secrets

Discover the unusual daily life of the employees who take care of the animals and fish at Aquarium du Québec. Surprising facts, anecdotes, career pathways… their lives are certainly not lacking in spice!

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Bear and seal trainer

The harbour seals and polar bears at Aquarium du Québec no longer hold any secrets for Kléo Carrier. The marine mammal trainer has been looking after them for nine years. Teaching these creatures new behaviors gives her great pleasure. The relationship of trust she has built with her protégés is beautiful to see. Here are some highlights from our discussion with a woman who has been passionate about animals since she was a tiny child.

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Passion for fish

Nicolas Gagnon has always had a fascination for the aquatic world, especially for fish. When he was younger, he spent many summers with both feet in the water collecting minnows and fishing for cod with his father, who was a great aquarium enthusiast. This passion has been passed on from father to son, as Nicolas now works as an aquarist animal guide at Aquarium du Québec. Here he tells us about his unusual daily life with these marvels of fresh and salt water.

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Immersed in happiness

Christine Landry's greatest pleasure in life is to make people happy. And she pulls off this feat every single day thanks to her colourful and captivating presentations at Aquarium du Québec. She tells people about rays, starfish, mammals… in short, about any one of the 10,000 marine animals that live there. Armed with her 16 years of experience, this pedagogical animal guide knows a thing or two. It’s our pleasure to share a meeting with this self-taught individual who learned everything on the job.

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Fish lover

Krystel Lacasse-Aubin is an energetic ball of fire, a smile on two legs who finds her happiness in caring for animals. She has an endless passion for fish and everything related to the marine world. For this animal health technician, Aquarium du Québec is a great playground wherein to make a big splash each and every day!

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Valérie Bégin and her marine mammals

Valérie Bégin has loved creatures since she was knee-high to a grasshopper. So much so that she decided to do animals for a living! The animal guide for marine mammals at Aquarium du Québec has been working with bears, walruses, and seals for nearly 20 years. The bond of trust she has built with them over time is beautiful to see.

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Under the jellyfish spell

Marie-Lyne Deshaies spends most of her time with jellyfish. Indeed, the aquarist animal guide at Aquarium du Québec has made jellyfish culture her specialty. For this lover of marine life, they have no secrets…or practically none!

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Aquarium du Québec Patrick R. Bourgeois | © Sépaq
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Aquarium du Québec Patrick R. Bourgeois | © Sépaq
Aquarium du Québec
Aquarium du Québec Patrick R. Bourgeois | © Sépaq
Aquarium du Québec
Aquarium du Québec Patrick R. Bourgeois | © Sépaq

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