Interest in sharks seems to be an ongoing theme with my family.
My son Tim loved sharks and read every book published about them, lived for Discovery Channel’s Shark Week on TV, and had dozens of plastic sharks.
We visited the Shark Encounter at a couple of Sea Worlds.
My husband saw nurse sharks in Florida in the wild. (Nurse sharks are harmless to people.)
My son Jeremy went shark cage diving in South Africa.
I wrote (with David Hall) a book called Predators of the Sea, in which sharks are featured. I also tried to write a children’s book called Sharks: From Angel Shark to Zebra Shark. I managed to find a shark species for every letter of the alphabet, but I got stuck on Q and X!
So, I’ve been educated for years and years about shark issues (mainly from Tim): how terrible shark finning is, i.e., cutting off the shark’s fins to use in soup and then throwing the shark back in the sea to die; how only a few shark species are dangerous to people; how the sea needs predators to maintain healthy ecosystems. I’m not sure, however, if this message has yet filtered out to most people.
While websurfing I came across a good post: “Appreciating Sharks and Other Predators in an Ecosystem” on the Urban Science Adventures blog. [My book is mentioned, which was a nice surprise]
As my son Tim said with passion when he was 9 (and still says, now that he’s 19): SAVE THE SHARKS!