Postal Service Honors Eugenie Clark With Stamp

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The “Shark Lady” now has a stamp.

The U.S. Postal Service on Wednesday formally unveiled a new “forever” stamp honoring late ichthyologist Eugenie Clark. Angela Curtis, vice president delivery operations for USPS, attended a ceremony at Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium to celebrate the occasion on what would have been Clark’s 100th birthday.

"One of the goals of the Postal Service's stamp program is to celebrate the people who represent the best of our nation and Eugenie Clark,” Curtis said. “I should say Dr. Clark — or the 'Shark Lady' — certainly deserves this recognition."

Clark was celebrated for groundbreaking research into the actions of lemon sharks. The field researcher during her life conducted 71 submersible dives as deep as 12,000 feet and led over 200 field research expeditions to the Red Sea, Caribbean, Mexico, Japan, Palau, Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, Thailand, Indonesia and Borneo to study sand fishes, whale sharks, deep sea sharks and spotted oceanic triggerfish.

Locally, she founded Mote Marine Laboratory, which started as Cape Haze Marine Laboratory in 1955 and later was designated Mote after a benefactor.

While Clark’s career took her around the world, she continued even late in life to do research in Sarasota and regularly did work at Mote. A year before her death, she took her last ocean dive in the Gulf of Aqaba in 2014.

“Clark was widely respected for her research as well as for her eager embrace of new advances in diving technology, knowing that each development would bring her closer to the creatures she loved,” read an announcement from USPS. “A pioneer in the era when SCUBA emerged as a research tool, she later took more than 70 trips in high-tech submersibles, sometimes as deep as 12,000 feet beneath the ocean surface — something that has still been done by only a small number of other marine biologists.”

Clark died in 2015 at age 92 from complications with lung cancer.

Her family welcomed the placement of Clark’s image on a stamp.

"Our family is thrilled to see Dr. Clark, or as we call her, Grandma Genie, recognized and honored on a stamp. Her work as an ichthyologist was groundbreaking for proving that sharks are intelligent, and she was a pioneer for female scientists, researchers and scuba divers,” said daughter Aya Konstantinou. “We are so proud of her legacy as an Asian-American woman, teacher, scientist — and most importantly — grandmother."

 

 

 

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