RHS teen diver publishes kids’ book on sharks

Shark enthusiast turned children’s book author Alexandra DiGiacomo — a rising senior at Ridgefield High School — at Veterans Park Elementary School reading her children’s book, A Familiar Fin, to Mrs. Bender’s kindergarten classroom.

Shark enthusiast turned children’s book author Alexandra DiGiacomo — a rising senior at Ridgefield High School — at Veterans Park Elementary School reading her children’s book, A Familiar Fin, to Mrs. Bender’s kindergarten classroom.

Rising Ridgefield High School senior Alexandra DiGiacomo admits in her blog Saving Sharks for Safer Seas, “I have a peculiar fascination with sharks.” Alexandra discovered her first nurse shark as a child while vacationing in Key Largo, Fla,. and from there, was hooked.

Alexandra’s interest grew in 2012 when she attended a talk given by renowned marine biologist Dr. Sylvia Earle at the Maritime Aquarium in Norwalk. Alexandra read Dr. Earle’s book, The World Is Blue, and was inspired to start her own underwater journey.

Alexandra DiGiacomo took these photos on a dive last summer In Fiji. ‘I descended 100 feet under the Shark Reef Marine Reserve to observe bull sharks,’ DiGiacomo said. ‘These dives were not cage dives and there was no barrier between divers and the Bull sharks, so I was able to get some great shots.’ she said. — Alexandra DiGiacomo photo

Alexandra DiGiacomo took these photos on a dive last summer In Fiji. ‘I descended 100 feet under the Shark Reef Marine Reserve to observe bull sharks,’ DiGiacomo said. ‘These dives were not cage dives and there was no barrier between divers and the Bull sharks, so I was able to get some great shots.’ she said. — Alexandra DiGiacomo photo

Since then, she has swum alongside sharks as she studied their anatomy and physiology in the Blue Hole, Belize and Fiji. She has created a documentary-style video interviewing Dr. Sylvia Earle, conducted a shark research experiment, and participated in ongoing conservation and community service efforts, and guest teaches shark conservation to elementary-aged school children.

Alexandra published her children’s book, A Familiar Fin, “in hopes of instilling a greater respect and better understanding of sharks in young children,” she said.

To celebrate World Oceans Day 2015, A Familiar Fin made its debut as she read aloud to a class of local kindergarten students at Ridgefield’s Veterans Park School. “As I flipped through the colorful pages, the children remained incredibly receptive to the tale,” said Alexandra. “All book profits go to Sharks4Kids.com, a wonderful organization working towards goals very similar to mine!” said Alexandra.

Alexandra is an intern at the Shinnecock Bay Restoration Program, School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences, Stony Brook Southampton. She has earned dive certifications including AWARE Shark Conservation, Fish ID, and Underwater Naturalist, and has earned college credit in shark biology.

The illustrator of A Familiar Fin is Ridgefield High School freshman Dhruv Singh. A Familiar Fin is available on Amazon. To learn more about Saving Sharks for Safer Seas at Alexandra’s website: SavingSharksForSaferSeas.com

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