Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Alyssa Says, " Kids CAN Save Sharks."

Just realized WAY too much time has passed since my last blog. 2013 is flying by and my time has been consumed with lots of exciting ventures. I have been writing a lot of articles and working on the biggest passion project of my life. Please stay tuned for the launch of my new website and non-profit. I have also been doing a lot of outreach and mentoring projects, one of which included an interview with 9-year-old Alyssa. She loves sharks and recently did a project for her school science fair about great white shark Mary Lee. Mary Lee was tagged by OCEARCH off the coast of Cape Cod Massachusetts and can be followed on their shark tracking website. Alyssa interviewed me via Skype and we talked about how the media portrays sharks as monsters.

I decided to interview Alyssa and this is some of the cool stuff she had to say about sharks. Despite only being 9, Alyssa is spreading the word for sharks and changing peoples’ perceptions about these misunderstood and amazing animals. Sharks are in deep trouble around the globe and Alyssa is a great ambassador showing kids they can be heard and they can make a difference on behalf of sharks and our oceans.

You can check out Alyssa’s BLOG for more on her love of sharks.

Me: What is your favorite shark?
Alyssa: Hammerheads are my favorite shark because I love the way their head forms. (They are MY favorite too Alyssa!)
Me: What is the most interesting thing you learned while doing your project?
Alyssa: I really like the theory about how sharks sleep.
Me: What can kids do the help sharks?
Alyssa: Kids can tell other people that sharks are not bad. It might make people think differently about sharks.

Conversations with kids always leave my heart filled with hope for the future of our oceans and for sharks. I get frustrated when I read news about fisherman killing sharks for records and trophies, like this MAKO recently killed for a reality television show.

I try and take a deep breath and think about students like Alyssa who are making a difference and realize just how much influence kids can have. This recharges my resolve to share a positive message about sharks with as many people as I can. The world of shark conservation is filled with disappointment, heart break and debilitating frustration, but there is hope and I always find it wrapped around classroom visits and interactions with students.

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