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Images: A War of Knowledge to Save Sharks

Online images of sharks killed in Mediterranean waters, like this 2012 photo with a Turkish fishmonger, motivated MIT-WHOI graduate student Derya Akkaynak to kindle a public information effort to help conserve sharks. (Sharkyear.com )

In an effort to prevent the killing of sharks, MIT-WHOI graduate student Derya Akkaynak, a native of Turkey, is helping educate people in her country about the vulnerability of sharks and their importance in marine ecosystems. (Courtesy of Derya Akkaynak)

MIT-WHOI graduate student Derya Akkaynak provided scientific information to Turkish journalist Tan Morgül, helping to persuade him to write this article—“the first pro-shark article ever in Turkish media,” Akkaynak said. (Radikal)