As a schoolgirl in the 1930s, Eugenie Clark spent countless hours pressed up to the tanks at a New York City aquarium, absorbed by the alligators, sea turtles and hundreds of species of fish just beyond the glass.
There was one creature, however, that completely enthralled her. "If only," she thought, "I could be in the water with a shark."
Clark eventually got her wish.
She became an intrepid underwater scientist with the nickname "Shark Lady" after she established a respected marine research laboratory in Florida in the 1950s and became a best-selling author known for her ability to explain shark behavior and other mysteries of ocean...