Spiral Notebook
The Great White Shark Scientist is Making Waves
by Harriet Low
June 24, 2016
The Great White Shark Scientist is Making Waves

Back in May, author Sy Montgomery gave us all a sneak peak at her newest Scientists in the Field title in her post, Introducing the Great White Shark Scientist. As of June 7th, The Great White Shark Scientist is out there, complete with thrilling photography by Keith Ellenbogen, making waves and spreading the word about the amazing work scientist Greg Skomal and his team have been doing to learn more about the growing number of Great White sharks in the waters off of Massachusetts.

As Sy said in an interview for the Washington Post’s article about the book, “Most people who are bitten by a great white shark get spit out and survive. They don’t want to eat us; they want to eat a seal. They make mistakes just like people do.” Perhaps as we begin to understand more about these mysterious creatures through scientific research, we’ll realize that we’re more of a threat to sharks than they are to us!  You can listen to Sy’s fantastic interview with Boston Public Radio here, where she elaborates on  the importance of better understanding Great Whites, both for our own safety and theirs.

With sightings of Great Whites near Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge already reported this year, Greg Skomal’s team will be back in action—check out the report from Mass Live (and a shout-out to the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy Project) here—and it’s the perfect time to learn more about this predator from the deep.

Be sure to check out The Great White Shark Scientist to see what all the buzz is about!

Photo © 2016 by Keith Ellenbogen
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