Shark Lady


Eugenie Clark was fascinated by the sharks at the aquarium. She wondered what it would be like to breathe through gills. When she visited the beach at Atlantic City, she put chewing gum in her ears that she might imagine the ocean that sharks swam through.

Thereafter she worked beyond any expectation to achieve her dream of swimming and working with sharks. During her studies she made many discoveries including about other marine species. Furthermore, she learned how sharks rest and then that they can be trained. Her research informed generations of people. What’s more it made us more aware that sharks deserve greater respect and appreciation.

Jess Keating’s fervent biography is compelling. Alongside a picture book story, illustrated with glowing, brightly lit determined pictures from Marta Álvarez Miguéns, there is a biography of Eugenie Clark. Furthermore, the writer offers further sources of information about this trail blazing Shark Lady. 

Bookwagon is inspired by this story, and recommends it to home and school libraries.

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Shark Lady

How Eugenie Clark Became the Ocean’s Most Fearless Scientist

Jess Keating, illustrations by Marta Álvarez Miguéns

(Source Books)– hardback

Eugenie Clark became known as Shark Lady because of her dedicated effort and research into sharks. What’s more, she was discouraged at every turn from following upon her childhood dream. It seems that an early visit to an aquarium inspired her fervour. She could imagine sharks’ gills and wanted to experience them for herself.
Yet Eugenie seemed destined for a typical position as a secretary or homemaker only. Therefore, she had to break down many barriers to pursue her childhood dream. These included working very hard at school and through university. Thereafter, it meant waiting for the time that she might swim with sharks. However, before this landmark moment she visited the Red Sea. It seems that at this point she collected ‘hundreds of fish, including three new species never discovered before’. Furthermore, in the Palau Islands she ‘encountered her first ever wild shark’. It seems that her research continued world wide, alongside her discoveries. For example, she ‘dispelled the myth that sharks must keep moving to stay alive’. What’s more she used her experience to prove that sharks do not deserve their reputations as killers but could be trained.
Jess Keating introduces us to somebody who broke down barriers with determination and continued curiosity. It seems that Eugenie Clark is a trailblazing scientist, rather like Joan Procter, Dragon Doctor, who merit our knowledge and respect. Bookwagon recommends this thoroughly absorbing information picture book to our readers.


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