November 21, 2018

Meet the National Aquarium's first fish doctor

Brent Whitaker talks to Fortune about dreaming of a job that didn’t yet exist and making a celebrity out of a sperm whale named “Inky.”

FORTUNE — It’s tough enough to keep a room of people happy with the office thermostat, imagine catering to the thermal (and all other) needs of 500 different species. Brent Whitaker is responsible for the more than 12,000 animals — and the 100 or so people who take care of them — at the National Aquarium’s two facilities.

Whitaker worked his way up to the job of “deputy