Aug 04

Shark Week Profile: Gary Violetta

by Staff

Gary Violetta

Aquarium Curator, SeaWorld Orlando

Gary Violetta Senior Aquarist at SeaWorld Orlando

A SeaWorld veteran of more than 30 years, Gary Violetta is curator of aquarium at SeaWorld Orlando. He is responsible for the health and physical care of 24 sharks, ranging from nurse sharks to sandtiger sharks brown sharks and Atlantic black tip sharks.

This collection of sharks make their home not only at SeaWorld, but also at Discovery Cove.

Sharks and other aquatic animals have been a lifelong passion for Gary. In total he maintains the care of more than 39,000 aquatic animals. He manages aquarium exhibits and attractions and is responsible for the care of all sharks, eels, stingrays, alligators and fish throughout the park.

Nurse Shark in Aquarium at SeaWorld

A former curator of fishes at SeaWorld San Antonio, Gary began his SeaWorld career in 1977

Gary is a graduate of Bowling Green State University in Ohio, where he majored in marine science. He is a member of the American Zoo and Aquarium Association, American Elasmobranch Society, International Association for Aquatic Animal Medicine and American Fishery Society.

So what is Gary's favorite shark? “The sandtiger shark has always been my favorite.”

Sand Tiger Shark