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The Wild Life - The Wild Life 14th August 2020
A Better Way to Talk About Sharks with Dr Catherine MacDonald

A Better Way to Talk About Sharks with Dr Catherine MacDonald

It's #SharkWeek2020...and it is easily one of the best examples of a massive divide in how the general public sees an animal compared to how experts see and talk about them. Science Twitter is a buzz with fact checking, jokes, and outright facepalming while Mike Tyson rumbles on the reef with Jaws and entertainment programs portray sharks as serial killers of the deep. That isn't the only dark side of all of this either. We talk about some of those things throughout this episode, but mostly we dispell some myths and mistruths while learning about what makes sharks so amazing!

We talk shark diversity, finning, bad movies, mermaid purses, why not to chase sharks, and so much more!

Learn more about today's guest at https://www.drcatherinemacdonald.com/

Follow her on Twitter @dr_catmac

Read her Op-Ed in Scientific American at https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/the-dark-side-of-being-a-female-shark-researcher/

Read the mentioned Forbes article by Melissa Cristina Marquez, based on research by herself, Dr David Shiffman, and Dr Catherine MacDonald at https://www.forbes.com/sites/melissacristinamarquez/2020/08/12/inaccurate-and-biased-global-media-coverage-is-a-threat-to-sustainable-shark-conservation/#7c4a19193fc1

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