‘Shark Week’ lacks diversity, overrepresents men named Mike, scientists say

Lisa Whitenack cherished sharks as a youngster.

She went through blustery days leafing through a manual for sharks in Peruser's Overview.

Each mid year, she would watch "Shark Week," Revelation's yearly television occasion that highlight the sea hunter with seven days of devoted programming.

However, when the researchers showed up on her television screen, she seldom saw any ladies she could gaze upward to.

"How could I realize I could do that?" Whitenack said.

"I don't come from a group of researchers. I didn't see a lot of individuals that seemed as though me on TV."

Whitenack, presently a science teacher at Allegheny School in Meadville, Dad., found her direction into shark research in any case.

At the point when the pandemic lockdowns came in 2020, she saw a valuable chance to concentrate on the wellspring of her old confusions.

Was "Shark Week" taking care of crowds some unacceptable messages about sharks — and who concentrates on them?