Fjord&Bælt is a combined research and experience centre, which communicates knowledge about marine life in the waters of Denmark. Fjord&Bælt is one of the few places in the world where it is possible to get close to marine animal life. At the center, we have daily routines of training and feeding our three porpoises – Eigil, Freja and Sif – and our playful seals – Svante, Tulle and Naja. The animals live and swim in true-to-nature basins, continuously supplied with fresh seawater from the fjord and strait. The centre is visited by approximately 60-55,000 guests each year.
At Fjord&Bælt, there are approximately 12 full-time employees year round, not including the many interns, volunteers and part-time staff. The Research department consists of a team composed of a Danish department leader and two Swedish trainers. Danish and foreign interns and volunteers assist in all the daily tasks, such as observing, training, feeding and playing with the porpoises and seals.
We always have interns and volunteers from all over the world, because we think that it is a good way for people to learn about research, education, animal husbandry and training. However, this is also an opportunity for us to teach them the local culture and, in return, learn from theirs. Additionally, we also make an effort to have a social life with interns and volunteers outside of work.
In the beginning, the volunteer will learn all the daily tasks that are necessary for the daily routines, such as fish sorting, kitchen cleaning, assisting the trainers and maintenance of the facilities. After an individual period of time, the volunteer will start feeding the animals and start to learn how to maintain a few basic behaviours with the animals.