Hollie lands the job of her dreams!
Hollie Stallworthy decided when she was just seven-years-old that she wanted to work with marine life.

Now she´s living the dream as the newest recruit to the displays team at Hunstanton Sea Life Sanctuary.

The 22-year-old from Chatham, Kent, is barely days into the new job...and yet has already helped tend to rescued seal pups, to feed the resident otters and penguins and to carry out daily checks on water quality.

″Working with the rescued seals to get them fit enough to return to the wild is probably the highlight,″ she said, ″but so far I´ve loved everything.″

Hollie moved with her family to Tenterden near Ashford in 2005 and took her A-levels at Homewood School, Tenterden.
Hollie Then she headed off to the University of Plymouth to study marine biology.

Her studies took her to the North West coast of France to learn about the creatures that live along the rocky shoreline, and later to Portugal, where she studied fiddler crabs.

″The object was to see how disturbance affected their feeding patterns, and we discovered that they increase the speed at which they eat if they´ve had to break off for any reason,″ said Hollie.

Hollie also found the time to qualify as a SCUBA diver.

″I had a great time diving on the HMS Scylla,″ she said, ″the ship that was deliberately scuppered just off Plymouth to provide a habitat for sea creatures and a great place for divers to observe their colonisation.
″I had close encounters with scorpion fish, lobsters, ballan wrasse, cod and lots more animals.″

Hollie´s chief interest away from the sea and Sea Life is karate, having chaired the karate club at the University for two years.

Now living in Hunstanton. Hollie will soon be looking for a local karate club to join.
Issued by the Hunstanton SEA LIFE Sanctuary
For more details, please contact Nigel Croasdale on 01485 533576
Date: 4th October 2010