Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum Welcomes New Aquarist

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The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum welcomes Mark Delves as its new Aquarist.

Delves grew up in Puerto Rico where he spent a lot of time sailing, diving and interacting with ocean life. After graduating with a Finance degree from Virginia Tech and spending 10 years in the financial services industry, he decided to go back to school to obtain an Aquarium Science degree. Since then he has worked at SEA LIFE Kansas City and Newport Aquarium with a focus on fish, sharks, rays, sea turtles, Giant Pacific Octopuses, and eels. Mark also has a long history of volunteering for several facilities in North Carolina, including the Carolina Tiger Rescue, Duke Lemur Center, NC Museum of Natural Sciences, SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord, and the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher.

Delves is thrilled to become a part of the Sanibel community and share his knowledge of and passion for aquatic animals with visitors at the Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum.

About the Museum: The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum is a Natural History Museum, and the only museum in the United States devoted solely to shells and mollusks. Their mission is to connect people to the natural world through their love of shells and the marvelous animals that create them. Their collections, programs, and expertise inspire learning, support scientific research, tell the story of mollusks, and the ocean that they inhabit. There are more mollusks in the oceans than all marine mammals and fish species combined, and mollusks are becoming extinct faster than they can be named due to climate change, ocean acidification, and pollution. For more information on the Museum, visit or call (239) 395-2233.

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