We live in an age in which effective science communication is becoming more and more important. We also live in a visual world. Being the media manager for the Bimini Biological Field Station (or Shark Lab) has given me the unique opportunity to showcase the work being conducted by one of the world’s leading shark research stations. Through my imagery I aim to ensure that the general public gets a better understanding of the scientific work that is being carried out at the Shark Lab. As most of the people who are interested in the ocean and its marine life are not scientists who read scientific journals, my hope is that I can spark, or increase, interest in shark science and conservation through the Shark Lab’s different social media platforms.
I have always had a passion for wildlife photography, but never did I expect to be in the water among the ocean’s top predators. Each day at the Shark Lab is very different. One day I may be in the water alongside a 3.5-metre tiger shark, the next I’ll be free-diving with great hammerheads and the day after I could be photographing a southern stingray work-up. All the people working at the lab, whether PhD students, managers or volunteers, seem to share a common goal: to further our knowledge and create awareness of these often misunderstood animals. It is great to work with such passionate people and I am proud to be part of this team.
British primatologist Jane Goodall once said it best: ‘Only if we understand can we care. Only if we care will we help. Only if we help shall they be saved.’ It is my hope that my imagery will do just this: make people understand and care.
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Activities at the Shark Lab
Samuel, better known as Doc, has been studying sharks for 50 years. He discovered how sharks see and even gave us insights into how they think. He founded the Bimini Biological Field Station in 1990, and has been training and inspiring young shark researchers ever since.