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New "Recycling Sharks" Comic Adventures Teach the 3 R's and More

Recycling Sharks comic art
Artwork by Sade Storthz

Recycling Sharks

Authors: Comic created by Sade Storthz and article written by Heather Nicole King

Episode 1: July is a great time to learn more about sharks and how humans impact their ocean habitat. Meet the "Recycling Sharks" Rebecca and Reef and their new dolphin friend Reggie, as these three besties navigate challenges in marine life. Through their experiences we learn the ways humans affect ocean ecosystems and how to better protect our sea creatures. A new "Recycling Sharks" comic adventure will be released daily here and on Science Matters Facebook page during the week of July 11-17. Follow Rebecca, Reef and Reggie and explore sustainable solutions and ways we can help save our sharks.

sharks comic strip

Why Save The Sharks?

Sharks play a crucial role within the ocean’s ecosystem, while humans have been known to kill nearly 100 million sharks a year through pollution, bycatch, and targeted fishing. The shark population is in decline despite having lived in our oceans long before the dinosaurs roamed the earth more than 400 million years ago. Human influences affect their habitat and endanger their population numbers through commercial overfishing. As apex predators at the top of the food chain, sharks help maintain balance within the ocean by reducing the spread of disease among unhealthy fish by eating them.  Sharks also scare off prey from overeating seagrass which contributes to the fight against climate change as a beneficial carbon sink

But how can we help the sharks? Granted, most of us are not commercial fishers or eating all the seagrass.  But some of our daily actions impact sharks and other marine life through habitat loss and pollution. Join the "Recycling Sharks" and learn steps we can take to help save their population and ecosystem. 

"Recycling Sharks" Schedule of shark approved topics:

  • July 11 - Recycle 
  • July 12 - Reduce
  • July 13 - Reuse
  • July 14 - Community Involvement
  • July 15 - Eat Sustainably
  • July 16 - Use Reef Safe Sunscreen
  • July 17 - New Outlook 

Shark Saver Spotlight:
If you love sharks like we do, share your drawings, comics or costumes of sharks, dolphins, and other sea creatures with us. Email a photo to: [email protected] for a chance to be featured on VPM Science Matter’s Facebook page. Please include first name and title of your work. Open to all ages.

Meet the Creators

Sade StorthzSade Storthz is a recent graduate from the University of Virginia where she majored in English and Youth and Social Innovation. Her goal is to write children's literature and create television programming centered around the topics of inclusivity and sustainability. Before the pandemic, she studied abroad with Semester at Sea and loves all things about the ocean.

 

Heather KingHeather Nicole King explores sustainable initiatives within Virginia Commonwealth University and the Richmond community. Through science communication and the power of curiosity, she hopes to engage the public on ways to learn and connect with the environment.