“The sea should be enjoyed, the animals in it. When you see a shark underwater, you should say, ‘How lucky I am to see this beautiful animal in his environment!’”
— Dr. Eugenie Clark, Founding Director of Mote Laboratory
I did not have cable in the summers on Peaks Island, so as a teenager during Shark Week, I would often head down to the TEIA Club before sailing or before work to try to catch reruns of the previous night’s episode. I remember most of the episodes during that time being heavily focused on shark attacks and I would be lying to you if I denied that my teenage self did not find it dramatically entertaining.
As we look to highlight the importance of protecting our ocean and the impact of climate change, we cannot ignore the disproportionate effect climate change has on people of color, specifically those in low income neighborhoods.