My great friend and fellow fit life buddy, Chanel Hason, has been on a mission to follow her passion for as long as I’ve known her and as long as she can remember. Recently, her undying love for nature, science, wildlife and everything ocean has gotten her into the Top 25 Finalists to win her absolute dream job as a Wildlife Caretaker in AUSTRALIA!! That’s right, this one of a kind, incredible powerhouse of a woman was chosen from over 600,000+ applicants to do what she loves each and everyday… and get paid for it! Paycheck or not though, this is, hands down, what Chanel should be doing and Australia would be out of their mind if they chose anyone else for the job.
Needless to say, Chanel needs all of our help to show Australia she’s the one! As a friend and fellow passionate person, I of course support her dream to pursue this wonderfully positive direction…. but between all the adorable animal pictures she’s been posting, I started having some important questions. Check out our recent Q & A session to get some of the critical answers we’re all wondering:
Q: If you could be any animal, what would you be?
A: Oh that’s a tough one…I’d love to be the biggest creature to EVER live on this planet : The Blue Whale! Talk about queen of the planet?!
Q: What’s the silliest looking animal you’ve ever seen?
A: One of the silliest animals I’ve ever come across is the Frog Fish. This fish uses its fins like little feet to move across the ocean floor! They also come in a plethora of colors. Oh I can’t forget about the Longhorn Cowfish – google that cute little fella!
Q: If you could have any animal as your pet, what would it be?
A: That’s easy! An octopus of course 🙂 Who needs a TV when you have a cephalopod to keep you entertained?!
Q: What animal do you think has the grossest diet and what do they eat?
A: The majority of animals who live on or close to the ocean floor eat what is called ‘detritus,’ which is dead/rotting animal matter. If that isn’t gross enough for you…I don’t know what is!
Q: If you could transport any animal to Australia that isn’t already there, what would it be?
A: Interesting question Rachel…I would have to say that Australia is already home to some unique and amazing creatures! I wouldn’t want to introduce a species that might be a detriment to their ecosystems.
Q: What animal would you most like to cuddle with?
A: I would love to cuddle with a sea otter (as long as it didn’t bite my nose off). They have the thickest fur out of any creature on Earth!
Q: What animal do you consider the biggest badass of the Australian animal kingdom?
A: Well since Australia is the home to the most deadly animals on the planet, there’s an endless number of them I could chat about. But, I’ll go with the Irukandji Jellyfish! This tiny (no larger than a cubic centimetre) and extremely venomous jellyfish floats around off the coast of Australia..watch out!
Q: What’s the nicest animal you’ve ever worked with?
A: The nicest animal I’ve ever worked with is the beluga whale. They are like kind, gently, giant marshmallows!
Q: What’s the scariest animal you’ve ever worked with?
A: Definitely have a good story for this one. Sunstars are predatory sea stars that can be found off the coast of California. While volunteering at the Monterey Bay Aquarium, I was asked to feed one of these large creatures on exhibit. He was half in the water on the wall, and then half of his arms and body was flipped upside down so I could touch his tube feet at the surface of the water. Well I decided touch his huge array of tube feet (bad idea), and when I glided my hand across his tube feet he WOULDN’T LET GO! He must have tasted the fish blood/oils left over on my skin. Needless to say, I steer clear from them from now on.
Q: What’s your favorite activity to do with animals?
A: My favorite activity to do with animals is just to see them do their thing in the wild in their natural environment!
Q: What’s you favorite part about working with animals and nature?
A: EVERYTHING! I was born to be an explorer and protector of the environment. It’s in my blood, it’s what I do. Being in nature and around animals puts me in the ‘happy place’ 🙂
Thank you, Chanel… my Christmas list officially consists of 1 thing now… a sea otter 🙂
Please help me in supporting Chanel and her dream job by liking her Facebook page and following her incredible journey to pursue her passion. GOOD LUCK CHANEL!! And seriously, Australia…. don’t be a doofus…. Chanel is your Wildlife Caretaker, PERIOD!!
To pursuing your passion, going positive places &
CHANEL HASON FOR AUSTRALIA’S WILDLIFE CARETAKER!!!!