Samantha Clark, aka Sam, is one of Fish Haven’s long-time superstars. Much like her brother Doug, she began working at the ol’ Fish Haven when she became old enough to get hired. She also had no previous aquarium experience, and had instead spent much of her life building expertise with regards to dogs and cats and other relatively dry animals. Her brother and the other senior employees had begun to pass on much of their knowledge and experience to her, as they should. For the next 9 years she continued to sharpen her skills and knowledge under the guidance of some of San Diego’s elite aquarists. She eventually became the Manager of Fish Haven, handling most of the store’s operations from shop maintenance to ordering to training new hires.
After a long stay at Fish Haven, she moved to PETCO as a knowledgeable and skilled aquatic specialist, often enjoying caring for other animals too. She was only there for a year when her brother had announced his plans to take over Fish Haven and create The Love Aquarium. She happily came back to the shop to help Doug create one of San Diego’s favorite spots for tropical fish. Since her return to her old shop in early 2016, she has been a critical piece of The Love Aquarium’s success. Her vast knowledge of all store operations, customer service, aquarium care, fish compatibility, African cichlids, and more have helped to brand The Love Aquarium as a friendly inviting shop for everyone to enjoy and explore. Her name often shows up in 5-star customer reviews on Yelp and Google, and with her decade-plus track record of helping San Diegans keep successful tanks, it no wonder why.
Sam will be unfortunately leaving The Love Aquarium soon, as is currently pursuing her own dreams of becoming a humane law officer with the San Diego Humane Society. She is also a black belt in Taekwondo, an avid Chargers football fan, and offers pet sitting services when she’s not bagging fish at TLA.