Sharks Don’t Sink: Adventures of a Rogue Shark Scientist

Pantheon. Jul. 2024. 224p. ISBN 9780593685259. $28. MEMOIR
Marine biologist Graham specializes in smalltooth sawfish and hammerhead sharks. This memoir about her journey to becoming a shark scientist will grab readers from the start. She describes the many obstacles she faced as a Black woman trying to make it in a profession dominated by men. Navigating the confines of traditional academia proved to be rough waters for her too, so she took a different route to becoming the award-winning scientist and independent researcher she is today. Graham, along with three other Black women, cofounded Minorities in Shark Sciences (MISS), which has a mission to support and to provide opportunities to other Black women in the field. Her book is about the sharks too. Written in a way that educates and gently informs, it shows readers why they should care about the possible extinction of various species of sharks. Graham asserts that while sharks are predators, the ecosystem needsthem.
VERDICT Readers certainly do not need to be scientists to enjoy this exceptional, well-written book, but it’s an excellent title for people, especially women and people of color, who are considering a career in marine science. This heartfelt story offers insight into both the stresses and excitement that await them.
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