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William ReidWilliam ReidA Bangor University student from Tenerife is on course to achieve his lifelong dream of pursuing a career in the marine environment. 

William Reid, 21, from Puerto de la Cruz, graduates this week with a BSc Marine Vertebrate Zoology. He has always had a passion for sea mammals. As a child he replied to a job advert to become an Orca trainer at his local sea life centre Loro Parque.  He returned to Loro Parque ten years later “I took part in an internship at Loro Park, Tenerife.  I gained valuable experience with two weeks at the Marine Mammal Department and two weeks in the Penguin Department.”

William, a former student at British School of Tenerife, said: “It feels fantastic to graduate, I’ve worked hard and had fun, although it’s been a challenge to leave home and study abroad.”

About Bangor, he added: “The fantastic and unique course which I studied gave me the feeling that if I managed to get the degree, I would be able to pursue my career working in the marine environment, especially in these times were it is most delicate.”

“I am extremely thankful to my tutor Dr Martin Skov, for all the help and guidance that he has given me throughout the three years of my course. And also for Bangor University for believing in me and all the staff that have been so helpful when needed.”

About the future, William said: “I hope to pursue a career in the marine environment and help the world to have a better future.”

Publication date: 20 July 2018