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Hails from: Worthington.Ohio Currently lives in: St. Petersburg, FloridaBirthday: April 30 Favorite Place: The Ocean (any and every one) Favorite Things to Do: Shark advocacy, teach sciene, spend time with friends and family, scuba diving Favorite Shark: Sand Tiger Shark
What shark are you most like and why?I think I am most like the Scalloped Hammerhead Shark. I enjoy being social and love being surrounded by other ocean minded people like me, just like when Hammerheads school together in the wild. I also enjoy warm temperate waters
If you could tell people one thing about sharks and/or the oceans, what would it be?The oceans are our life support system (no matter where you live). The oceans need sharks to be in balance and, in turn, we as humans need the ocean to keep our planet healthy.
How did sharks draw you into their watery world? Sharks are beautiful misunderstood creatures. I have always been fascinated with them and now that I understand them I want to help others understand them and love them too!
Learn More: Educational CoordinatorTwitter: @missOceanJ
Short Bio:Jaclyn is an avid ocean and shark lover. She has a Bachelor’s degree from Ohio University in marine biology and a Master’s degree from Nova Southeastern University in Environmental Education. Jaclyn currently works in Florida as a science teacher and as a dive master at the Florida Aquarium. Jaclyn is very passionate about sharks and protecting our oceans. She has a Shark Angels club at her school, where her students work to raise awareness about shark conservation. Her club traveled to the Florida state capital this past year to advocate to legislatures for a bill to ban shark fins in Florida. She also volunteers her time on the board of directors for the Florida Marine Science Educators Association and on a local sea turtle patrol.
Hails from: Windsor, Great Britain Currently lives in: Nassau, BahamasBirthday: May 25 Favorite Place: Being by the water, on it or in it. Favorite Things to Do: Freedving, scuba diving, writing, hiking and flying Favorite Shark: Tiger Shark
What shark are you most like and why?I think I am most like a reef shark. The reef sharks I know are always busy, swimming around and being social.
If you could tell people one thing about sharks and/or the oceans, what would it be?Being under the surface of the water can and will change your life. Being surrounded by sharks make your life better.
How did sharks draw you into their watery world? I have spent my life actively associated with water in one way or another. The beauty of it and the life that it sustains has become a passion of mine. To me, sharks are the perfect being in the ocean. Their majestic presence is something that holds with it an extraordinary power and it is this power that draws me to want to be around them.
Learn More:Facebook: Liz ParkinsonInstagram: @lizparkinson1Twitter: @lizparkinson25
Short Bio:Liz grew up in South Africa, came over to the US on a swimming scholarship for University, got into diving while living in Hawaii, now I dive with sharks.
Hails from: From Boston, MACurrently lives in: Jacksonville, FLFavorite shark: Great White
What shark are you most like and why?Great White: Powerful, Mysterious, Graceful, ConfidentJodi is a licensed Customs Broker and has been in the Global Logistics, Trade Compliance Industry for over 25 years. Currently, she is the Manager of Customs & Trade Compliance for Johnson & Johnson . She loves the Ocean and is very adventurous and will try anything at least once.
Hails from: Phoenix, Arizona Currently lives in: Ft. Lauderdale, FloridaBirthday: May 19 Favorite Place: In the water, on the water or near the water Favorite Things to Do: Any adventure outdoors. Diving. Fitness & nutrition. And most important inspiring & motivating people to reach their full potential. Favorite Shark: Hammerhead Shark
What shark are you most like and why?The Mako. These sharks are “fit” and very diverse. They can be found all over the world in cold and warm waters. They have one of the most streamlined bodies of all sharks making them very fast and flexible.
If you could tell people one thing about sharks and/or the oceans, what would it be?Sharks are the most important component to keeping our oceans clean and regulated. The ocean is a critical component to human life. We must protect the sharks, to protect our oceans so that we as humans can continue to thrive.
How did sharks draw you into their watery world? Sharks are such mysterious, misunderstood, intimidating yet beautiful majestic animals. Mankind is raised to believe they are man-eating machines when in fact they want nothing to do with humans at all. Sharks are so important to our eco system and I want to help in anyway I can to show their true beauty.
Learn More:Facebook: Erin WhitleyInstagram: @SharkGirlFitness
Short Bio:I’ve been an athlete and lover of the ocean my whole life. I’ve lived near the ocean for over 20 years, took up scuba diving in 2011 and never looked back. I parted ways from the corporate world in early 2015 to pursue my passion for diving, health and fitness and became a recertified personal trainer and nutrition specialist. In 2010 I competed as an NPC Fitness Competitor and since 2012 I have ran in over 30 5K’s, 10K’s, half marathons and triathlons combined. My passion for protecting the ocean, saving sharks and encouraging people to live a healthy life grows everyday and I am blessed to have “Earned My Wings” to continue walking this path with The Shark Angels.
Hails from: Born in Melbourne, Australia but now lives in New Zealand.Currently lives in: Kapiti, New ZealandFavorite Place: My favourite place in the whole world is the beach! Weather its sun bathing, body boarding or splashing around in the waves! Lots of days I will go down and pick up all the plastic I see to avoid it getting wrapped up in a turtle’s throat!Favorite Things to Do: Obviously I love being in the water, but I adore my guitar and music. I especially love going out in our family boat.Favorite Shark: All sharks are beautiful to me, but the one that stands out the most, is the blue shark!
What shark are you most like and why? I think I am a bit like the blue shark because of my personality. I’m a pretty fun person who likes to be around other people. They’ve been described as the ‘puppy dogs of the sea’ so I could be like that in the sense of being hyper and full of energy!
What would you tell people about sharks? We need to ignore the false image that they have been given as a scary, man-eating, blood-thirsty monster and realize that in actual fact they need our help just as much as the cute pandas and polar bears.
Inspire Us!I totally understand that I am only 14 year old and live in the small country of New Zealand. But I care way too much to let that stop me. Since I started my campaign, I have been in documentaries, held stalls at events, made websites, put up posters, made videos, handed out my own stickers, had radio interviews, been in the newspaper, been in magazines, featured on many websites and gone up the country to speak at events. I NEVER shut up about shark conservation, so I know that I am definitely getting my message out there! I made my own logo for my website and I got lots of interest from it, so I turned that logo into stickers which I send out to people all around my country! I’ve become extremely well known for the ‘cool shark stickers’. On my journey to save sharks, not only have I met some incredibly people and attended some amazing events, but also I get feedback from people all over the world! I’m known as the ‘shark girl’ around my area. The biggest thing I do is on a normal day I go around and speak to large groups to promote my cause. Shark Finning is terrible, so there is nothing I wont do to help!
Learn More:www.stopwithfinning.weebly.comFacebook : Stop With FinningFirst youtube video : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JvMA4YtaO0A
Short Bio:When I leave school in a couple of years, I want to go straight to university and get qualifications to become a marine biologist. After that, I really want to work with sharks specifically and get into conservation. Eventually, one of the biggest goals I have is to board a Sea Shepherd ship and do a campaign with them.
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