Eugenie Clark, Sarasota's 'Shark Lady,' Dies

Feb 25, 2015
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At, photographer David Doubilet described her as a larger-than-life character. “Her contributions were astounding,” Doubilet said. “She never outgrew this absolute fascination of looking and seeing and observing under water. Even when I was a younger man and she was older, I couldn’t keep up with her. She moved with a kind of liquid speed underwater.” Before Clark began her research on sharks in the 1950s, the animals were considered both dumb and deadly. "After some study," she said, "I began to realize that these 'gangsters of the deep' had gotten a bad rap."

SARASOTA - Mote Marine founder Eugenie Clark, whose research earned her the nickname "Shark Lady," died today at her Sarasota home, according to a Facebook posting that her son, Tak Konstantinou, shared with friends. She was 92.

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