June 1 to 8 is World Oceans Week, where people are encouraged to learn about the importance of the world’s waterways, watersheds and ocean waters and habitat, and to take action to preserve, conserve and protect. World Oceans Day is June 8.
And this week is a great time to learn about just one of the creatures that call the oceans homes – sharks – and the woman who strove to protect them.
I didn’t know anything about Eugenie Clark until I read the Shark Lady, The True Story of How Eugenie Clark Became the Ocean’s Most Fearless Scientist by Jess Keating ($24.99, Raincoast Books, Sourcebooks Jabberwocky).
I found the story about Clark, who fell in love with sharks from the first moment she saw them in an aquarium and decided she was going to study them, quite interesting. What was even more impressive was that Clark was born in 1922, becoming a professor of zoology in 1968. She truly did what her heart’s desire at a time when a housewife and secretary was all that most women aspired to.
I also found the Shark Bites information at the back of the book fun, particularly the story about the only time Clark was bit by a shark. The story goes that she was on her way to a school visit, she stopped suddenly, reaching across the seat to stop the mounted jaws of a tiger shark from tumbling on the floor. Instead it bit her. Fantastic.
Happy World Oceans Week.
A copy of this book was provided by Raincoast Books for an honest review.