Alexandra DiGiacomo As a child, from minnows to manatees, I was intrigued by the underwater world. Having spent summers on the East End of Long Island and family vacations in Key Largo, I developed a tremendous love for the water. My curiosity about marine life grew upon hearing Dr. Sylvia Earle speak at the Norwalk Aquarium in Connecticut. After my freshman year, I studied marine conservation at the Oceanic Research Center in Belize where I first swam with and observed sharks. As a sophomore, I studied shark biology and dove with bull sharks for a month in the South Pacific. Now, I’m a seventeen year-old who has a peculiar fascination with sharks. Inspired to share my respect for these creatures and reveal the importance of keeping our oceans healthy, I began a blog, Saving Sharks for Safer Seas.