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Local Shark Researcher Featured on Discovery Channel

It's that time of the year again - Shark Week has arrived, and the excitement is soaring! In partnership with the Harte Research Institute (HRI), The Gulf Stream Podcast, and the Texas State Aquarium, we are thrilled to raise awareness about the crucial role of shark conservation in maintaining the health of our oceans.

Dr. Kesley Banks: A Leading Expert in Shark Research: Meet Dr. Kesley Banks, an accomplished associate research scientist at HRI's Center for Sportfish Science and Conservation (CSSC). With her expertise in tracking sharks off Texas beaches and around artificial reefs in the Gulf of Mexico, Dr. Banks has become a sought-after expert for shark-related television programming. She will be featured during Discovery Channel's "Monster Mako" series, airing on Thursday, Jul. 27, at 8 p.m. This marks another exciting opportunity for Dr. Banks to share her insights on these magnificent creatures with the world.

Sharks: Essential Guardians of Our Oceans: Dr. Banks emphasizes the vital role that sharks play in maintaining the balance of our oceans. As apex predators, they are a crucial part of the marine ecosystem, ensuring its health and resilience. By understanding and conserving these magnificent creatures, we contribute to the well-being of both present and future generations.

From Misunderstanding to Conservation: Despite their fearsome reputation, sharks have been gaining a more positive perception among the public. Dr. Banks praises this shift in attitudes, hoping that it will lead to increased conservation efforts rather than shark harvesting. These captivating creatures serve as remarkable ambassadors for ocean exploration and understanding.

The Gulf Stream Podcast: A Deep Dive into Shark Research: In addition to her appearance on the Discovery Channel, Dr. Banks is featured on The Gulf Stream Podcast. Recorded in partnership with the Texas State Aquarium, this special episode provides a fascinating insight into the inspiration behind her shark research. Tune in on Tuesday, Jul. 25, at 11:30 a.m. for a thrilling dive show with the sharks.


Join the Ocean Conservation Movement: Stay updated on all the action during Shark Week and beyond by following @txsstateaquarium, @harteresearch, and @gulfstreampodcast. Join us in celebrating these awe-inspiring creatures and learn more about the importance of ocean conservation. Together, we can ensure a sustainable future for our oceans and the incredible wildlife that inhabits them! 🌊🦈 #SharkWeek #OceanConservation #TheGulfStreamPodcast #HRI #CSSC