The Truth About Sharks With Melissa Cristina Márquez: Atlas Obscura Experiences
In this five-part lecture series, dive into the world of these elegant, powerful predators, exploring the diversity of life that exists across different species of sharks. Over 500 species of sharks roam Earth’s marine ecosystems, but most people are familiar with only a few—typically the ones whose ominous dorsal fins have made it onto the silver screen. In this course led by marine biologist Melissa Cristina Márquez, we’ll dive deeper, glimpsing the complicated, wildly fascinating reality of these extraordinary predators and the myriad lives they lead. Together, we’ll wriggle free from the stale jaws of Hollywood shark depictions, taking time to look more holistically at the magnificent mosaic of shark species out there, their importance to the planet, and what the future holds for them. We’ll cover basic shark anatomy before backstroking our way into the past, where we’ll glimpse the underwater beasts who ruled the oceans in ancient times and look at how humans imagined them from above the waves. We’ll trace that human–shark relationship through centuries to the present day, where it remains rather…complicated. Each session promises to open your eyes and heart a little more to these misunderstood fish; by the end of our time together, you might begin to envision a world in which humans and sharks coexist a little better.