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Eugenie Clark

(1922-2015)

 

Eugenie-clark

Eugenie Clark (born May 4, 1922), nicknamed "The Shark Lady" has been diving with sharks for more than 40 years and is a world authority on sharks and fish. Clark  built Mote Marine Laboratory in 1955 in Sarasota as a place to study the oceans and share that information with the world.  She is a pioneer in the field of scuba-diving for research purposes. In 1994 she was awarded the Medal of Excellence by the American Society of Oceanographers. Several fish species have been named in her honor: Callogobius clarki (Goren), Sticharium clarkae George and Springer, Enneapterygius clarkae Holleman, and Atrobucca geniae Ben-Tuvia and Trewavas.clark_with_shark