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Intro


Beautiful Creatures
of the Deep

As a result of current pollution, toxins, especially from that of agricultural waste, are strong by the shorelines where many sharks roam. These toxins become more concentrated up the food chain as one fish eats another. With sharks as the apex predator, toxin poisoning becomes a major concern. Shark conservation strategies are critical to both the health of our oceans and the life of humans.

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Intro


Beautiful Creatures
of the Deep

As a result of current pollution, toxins, especially from that of agricultural waste, are strong by the shorelines where many sharks roam. These toxins become more concentrated up the food chain as one fish eats another. With sharks as the apex predator, toxin poisoning becomes a major concern. Shark conservation strategies are critical to both the health of our oceans and the life of humans.

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Book


A Familiar Fin

“By writing a children’s book, I hope to dispel the negative myths surrounding sharks to early readers and inspire future conservation advocates.” A fellow high school classmate, Dhruv Singh, drew beautiful illustrations to bring this book to life. Each book purchased supports shark conservation efforts. Learn more

Purchase A Familiar Fin

Book


A Familiar Fin

“By writing a children’s book, I hope to dispel the negative myths surrounding sharks to early readers and inspire future conservation advocates.” A fellow high school classmate, Dhruv Singh, drew beautiful illustrations to bring this book to life. Each book purchased supports shark conservation efforts. Learn more

Purchase A Familiar Fin

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About


Meet Alexandra DiGiacomo
As a child, from minnows to manatees, Alexandra was intrigued by the underwater world. Having spent summers on the East End of Long Island and family vacations in Key Largo, DiGiacomo developed a tremendous love for the water. “My curiosity grew upon hearing Dr. Sylvia Earle speak at the Norwalk Aquarium in Connecticut.” Once reading The World is Blue by Sylvia Earle, Alexandra was inspired to join a Nat Geo trip in Belize studying marine conservation at the Oceanic Research Center where she first swam with and observed sharks. “Since then, I've had a peculiar fascination with sharks.”

Alexandra currently studies biology at Duke University and is an undergraduate researcher at the Duke Marine Robotics and Remote Sensing Laboratory. DiGiacomo, a rescue diver, now pilots a Phantom 4 Pro drone to study the distribution and density of coastal sharks in the nearshore waters of North Carolina. "I hope that the findings from this project can eventually be used to predict important coastal shark habitats. If these sharks are found to be overfished, identifying critical habitats for them can be crucial information in guiding how to protect them.”

Learn more about Alexandra DiGiacomo

About


Meet Alexandra DiGiacomo
As a child, from minnows to manatees, Alexandra was intrigued by the underwater world. Having spent summers on the East End of Long Island and family vacations in Key Largo, DiGiacomo developed a tremendous love for the water. “My curiosity grew upon hearing Dr. Sylvia Earle speak at the Norwalk Aquarium in Connecticut.” Once reading The World is Blue by Sylvia Earle, Alexandra was inspired to join a Nat Geo trip in Belize studying marine conservation at the Oceanic Research Center where she first swam with and observed sharks. “Since then, I've had a peculiar fascination with sharks.”

Alexandra currently studies biology at Duke University and is an undergraduate researcher at the Duke Marine Robotics and Remote Sensing Laboratory. DiGiacomo, a rescue diver, now pilots a Phantom 4 Pro drone to study the distribution and density of coastal sharks in the nearshore waters of North Carolina. "I hope that the findings from this project can eventually be used to predict important coastal shark habitats. If these sharks are found to be overfished, identifying critical habitats for them can be crucial information in guiding how to protect them.”

Learn more about Alexandra DiGiacomo

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Inspiration


Inspiration
Moved by Dr. Sylvia's Book, The World is Blue, Alexandra worked with a classmate in Belize to create a documentary-style video stressing the ecological and economical importance of the Mesoamerican reef and urged the need for greater protection. Here, she had the great fortune to meet and interview Dr. Sylvia Earle. Also inspired upon hearing Fabien Cousteau’s speak at Norwalk Maritime Aquarium’s presentation on Mission 31, DiGiacomo soon interned at the Aquarium thereafter and joined their shark tank diving team.

Inspiration


Inspiration
Moved by Dr. Sylvia's Book, The World is Blue, Alexandra worked with a classmate in Belize to create a documentary-style video stressing the ecological and economical importance of the Mesoamerican reef and urged the need for greater protection. Here, she had the great fortune to meet and interview Dr. Sylvia Earle. Also inspired upon hearing Fabien Cousteau’s speak at Norwalk Maritime Aquarium’s presentation on Mission 31, DiGiacomo soon interned at the Aquarium thereafter and joined their shark tank diving team.

Photos


Photos


Underwater photos by Alexandra DiGiacomo (cageless unless specified) using a GoPro


 
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Blacktip shark adopted to support Bimini Shark Lab! Photo by Bimini Shark Lab