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Blue Dot: Why sharks matter: a visit with marine conservation biologist David Shiffman


Most folks who regularly swim in the ocean have some level of trepidation about sharks, but in reality -- there are far more likely ways for you to get hurt in the water -- namely, drowning because the ocean is powerful! Host Dave Schlom talks to Arizona State University marine conservation biologist about his new book: Why Sharks Matter: A Deep Dive with the World's Most Misunderstood Predator.

In it, Shiffman lays out a powerful case for how we are much more dangerous to sharks than they are to us. And that sharks are incredibly diverse (there are over 500 species of sharks) and an important part of oceanic ecosystems. From the film Jaws to the Discovery Channel's wildly popular "Shark Week" programming, sharks are a huge part of popular culture, but the truth about sharks is that they are more fascinating than deadly.

Conservation of sharks and shark habitats is one of the most important issues confronting marine biology, and Shiffman lays out an excellent case for why we should care about these oceanic predators.

Dave Schlom is the longtime host and creator of Blue Dot. From surfing to Voyager in interstellar space, rock guitar to orcas in our imperiled oceans, the topics on Blue Dot are as varied as the host’s interests and connections -- which are pretty limitless! An internationally respected space history journalist, Dave is also deeply fascinated by all aspects of the grand workings of nature’s awesome machinery on scales ranging from galactic to subatomic. And topics take in all aspects of the arts and sciences.
Matt Fidler is a producer and sound designer with over 15 years’ experience producing nationally distributed public radio programs. He has worked for shows such as Freakonomics Radio, Selected Shorts, Studio 360, The New Yorker Radio Hour and The Takeaway. In 2017, Matt launched the language podcast Very Bad Words, hitting the #28 spot in the iTunes podcast charts.