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Our Aquarists

Meet the team who take care of all of our creatures!

Aquarist at SEA LIFE

Brendan - Curator

“My original passion is working with the creatures here at Sea Life”

Brendan graduated from Stirling University with a BSc(Hons) degree in Aquaculture. As part of his course, he was able to go to South Australia to work at a Southern Bluefish Tuna Farm.

Brendan began his SEA LIFE journey in Blackpool in 2002 as Displays Supervisor, after which he was promoted to Curator and oversaw the set-up of SEA LIFE Loch Lomond in 2005. In 2018 he joined the team here in Manchester as Curator.

  • Favourite sea creature? "Due to work I have undertaken with them, I would have to say Great White sharks.

Aquarist at SEA LIFE

Ben - Aquarist

Ben graduated from Hull University in 2013 with a BSc in Aquatic Zoology

Part of the original opening team at SEA LIFE Manchester in 2013, he started his journey with us as a Guest Entertainment Host, and gradually worked his way up to diving and working with the animals.

His work has taken him all around the world and he has visited both Seychelles and Mexico on Coral and Fish research projects.

  • Favourite sea creature? "It’s hard to choose between Orcas and Derek, our Queensland Grouper!"

Aquarist at SEA LIFE

Ellie - Aquarist

“I have always been fascinated by the Ocean as there is still so much to learn about it.”

Ellie studied Marine Biology at Bangor University, graduating in 2014, after which she travelled to Tenerife to volunteer in whale and dolphin conservation.

Ellie began her life at SEA LIFE Manchester in our Guest Entertainments team before being offered the role of Aquarist in 2016.

  • Favourite sea creature? "I love the Napoleon Wrasse we have here at Sea Life Manchester due to his nosy behaviour and striking patterns."

Aquarist at SEA LIFE

Luke - Displays Supervisor

“I gave up my existing job to chase a career I am passionate about.”

Luke’s background is actually as an air conditioning engineer, which comes in very handy when working with the chillers, heaters and pipework we have behind the scenes!

Luke has always been passionate about working with sea creatures and has kept marine fish at home for the past 8 years. His journey with SEA LIFE Manchester began as a member of the Guest Experience team, but on his days off he would come into the centre to volunteer alongside the Animal Care team to gain the experience he needed to become an Aquarist! He finally joined our team of Aquarists in 2018, and became our Displays Supervisor in 2020.

  • Favourite sea creature? "Definitely the Manta Ray!"

Matt Aquarist

Matt - Aquarist

“I have worked at Sea Life Manchester for just under 6 years and have loved every second!”

Matt studied Animal Management at Reaseheath College, Nantwich and gained a Level 3 Extended Diploma during his time there.

Following his studies, Matt began working at SEA LIFE Manchester in 2013 and has been an integral part of the Aquarist team ever since.

  • Favourite sea creature? "I like the Coelacanth fish which is related to the Lungfish!"