The Lady and the Sharks by Eugenie ClarkOnce again Ive found a potential mentor too late. Im so sad to hear Eugenie Clark has died. This book was incredible!
Eugenie Clark had so many wonderful fish-filled adventures and I loved the stories in each anecdotal chapter. My favorites were the deep freshwater dives where they found really old human remains (and a skull that contained a brain!) and when she took a trained shark on a plane to Japan. Plus she trained sharks!
It was interesting reading something that was originally published in 1969. The social and scientific values have changed since she wrote the book. It was sort of jarring at times but I also liked it because it was a great comment on what was acceptable in society compared to now.
History Heard: Eugenie Clark
Timeline: Eugenie Clark's life and work
Eugenie Clark, whose childhood rapture with fish in a New York City aquarium led to a life of scholarly adventure in the littorals and depths of the Seven Seas and to a global reputation as a marine biologist and expert on sharks, died on Wednesday at her home in Sarasota, Fla. She was She also swam into schools of man-eating barracuda and had disconcerting encounters with pound clams and giant squid. Despite close calls, she was never attacked, and she tended to make light of the dangers. Indeed, she told of the privileges of exploring an undersea world of exotic creatures and enchanting beauty.
Eugenie Clark, the ichthyologist fish scientist and oceanographer, has died at the age of A pioneer known for creating awareness of the undersea kingdom, Clark was a prolific author, deep-sea diver, TV personality, teacher and champion of marine biology with a global reputation. She was outspoken about media hysteria about shark attacks on people, which occur very infrequently. When they do happen, she argued that they needed to be studied scientifically, not sensationally. She explored the circumstances of four shark attacks along the Florida coast in the summer in this issue of Copeia. Note: the pictures of the severed limb here are as graphic as black and white gets.
The life and legacy of an ocean pioneer
Eugenie Clark grew up spending her weekends at the aquarium. Her father died when she was two, so her mother had to get creative with babysitting. When Clark was around nine years old, her mother would drop her off at the New York Aquarium before heading to work at a newspaper stand. Wandering around the old aquarium, Clark developed a love for all things ocean and wished that she could swim with the sharks in the glass tanks. As an adult, she brought this dream to life and conducted 72 submersible dives and countless more using Scuba gear, where she studied marine life, including sharks. She was one of the only ichthyologists, or fish biologists, of her time to study living specimens in this way. While diving, Clark studied animal behavior and visited places very few people had explored, such as the Red Sea.
May 4, Eugenie Clark is born in New York. She is raised there by her mother, Yumico, who was of Japanese descent. Clark's American father, Charles Clark, died before Eugenie turned two. Doctors discover she has lung cancer and treat her with chemotherapy. Presents two scientific papers at conferences that year and conducts research dives in Papua, New Guinea, and La Paz, Mexico. May, To celebrate her 92nd birthday, Clark leads a group of divers on a visit to Jordan and Israel on the coast of the Gulf of Aqaba, adjacent to the Red Sea. She had been battling lung cancer for years.
All rights reserved. A pioneer in marine conservation and the study of shark behavior, Clark helped the public understand and appreciate the much maligned species. Eugenie Clark, an American marine biologist who fell in love with sharks as a child with her nose pressed against an aquarium tank—and whose research on the much maligned species earned her the nickname "Shark Lady"—died Wednesday morning in Sarasota, Florida. She was The death was confirmed by National Geographic photographer David Doubilet, her colleague and friend.