David Wilkins- Show us your #FishFace

Show us your #FishFace, David!

May 22

Show us your #FishFace, David!

Name: David Wilkins

Occupation: Curator

With the South Carolina Aquarium since: 1999

Hometown: Hattiesburg, Mississippi

When I was a kid, I wanted to be: an astronaut. I grew up watching people walk on the moon.

I work at the Aquarium because: I love freshwater fish.

My day starts with: a Diet Coke and NPR.

If I could be any fish in the Aquarium, I would be a: Warpaint Shiner, because they live in the whitewater of the Chattooga River.

The coolest gadget I use at work is: the siphon vacuum gravel cleaner; it’s satisfying to watch the dirt disappear from the tanks.

A perfect day at work for me would be: collecting fish in the mountains of South Carolina.

On the weekend I like to: go sailing, backpacking and camping.

My favorite part of my job: is collaborating with my team members to build new filtration systems.

If I could share a meal with any fish, it would be: sharks, because they eat salmon. Yum!

An animal I am passionate about is the: Robust Redhorse. The Aquarium has been working with the Robust Redhorse Conservation Committee for 14 years to increase populations following a drastic decline. As part of a 20 year propagation program, we raise Robust Redhorse fry and release them to continue the breeding cycle.

If I could share one conservation tip with you, it would be: Conserve and protect fresh water. Without fresh water, we would lose the creatures we love.

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