Black Woman Shark Researcher Shares The Best Diving Destinations


  • Cape Cod, Massachusetts 

Cape Cod has long been known as a hotspot for sharks on the East Coast, and July is prime time for great whites to arrive. The app, Sharktivity, run by the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy, shows users the locations of white shark sightings to raise awareness of white sharks and promote the safety of citizens in the area. 

  • Georgia Aquarium, Atlanta 

Georgia Aquarium is a public aquarium in Atlanta, Georgia, United States. It exhibits hundreds of species and thousands of animals across its seven major galleries. Journey with Gentle Giants is the only opportunity in the world where you are guaranteed to swim with whale sharks, manta rays, and more. 

Many shark species call this region home, and sightings can include great hammerhead sharks, hammerhead sharks, tiger sharks, bull sharks, lemon sharks, Caribbean reef sharks, Oceanic white tip sharks, silky sharks, and nurse sharks.

When asked if there are any re-wilding initiatives similar to the conservation efforts that reintroduce wildlife to certain environments, Graham shared that for sharks it’s a little harder. Rewilding the sea with coral reefs and other organisms that are more sedimentary is easier than with sharks. Shark species that are in danger are hard to keep in captivity and mate. 

Graham left Travel Noire readers interested in marine biology, the study of the ocean, and sharks with some last-minute advice:

“Black marine biologists and shark researchers do exist. We’re out here! There’s me and others. Feel free to join MISS. If you email me, I’m going to answer. In the meantime, learn all that you can and pursue your passion.”

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