Jennifer Taber VanDerwerken

Hi there! I’m Jenn. I like cardigan sweaters, the BBC, Jackie Kennedy Onassis, Anthony Bourdain, organizing anything, all the books ever, and sharks. Oh my yes, sharks.

I’m originally from upstate New York, and despite my landlocked status, my love of sharks took a firm hold when I was just a wee thing, pouring over my Dad’s college science books and watching nature specials, imagining myself to be the next Eugenie Clark.  Plans change, and I spent my career in the world of book publishing, where my hand always went up when it came time to work on any books about fish. I now live in Salem with my husband, a total enabler who surprised me with an expedition to the Farallons to see white sharks last year (and held my hand when they never showed), and my three year old son, who knows all the words to most Johnny Cash songs, sleeps with a stuffed white shark named Bruce, and would really appreciate it if you could please refer to him as Batman.

I’m so thrilled to be blogging for the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy. I’ll try not to geek out too much about these amazing biologists, the important work they do, and these beautiful, mysterious creatures that so fascinate and enthrall all of us. But no promises.


Shea Mahoney

Hi all, I’m Shea. I’m a slightly shark-obsessed woman with a love of books, cozy chairs, coffee, traveling, and the water. If I’m not on the beach, scanning the ocean for any sign of a shark, really, any possible sign, you can find me curled up in a cozy chair, a warm cup of coffee (or rocks glass of whiskey, depending on the hour) in my hands, pouring over a good book. Right now that book is “Devil’s Teeth,” and you guessed it, it’s about White Sharks.
Sharks have held a special place in my heart since I was a little girl. I remember sitting on the floor, cross legged, with my favorite book, “The Golden Book of Sharks and Whales” in my lap, staring at the pictures for hours, soaking up all that I could about these incredible animals. To me, they were amazing; they were terrifying; and I was hooked.
It’s been more than a few years since those days. My favorite book has been lost in one move or another, and sitting cross legged on the floor is far less comfortable, but my passion for the ocean and the sharks who call it home, has never wavered. I am incredibly excited to have this opportunity to work with the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy, to help get their story out through this blog. I hope you will tune in to read about all the exciting things they are doing, and the incredible sharks they meet along the way!

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