We all know Sammy is awesome, right? Yes, yes. He is funny, clever and all that good stuff. But did you know that he is a bottomless pit of knowledge about sharks? He can tell you just about anything and everything you ever wanted to know (or didn’t want to know) about any species of shark! Granted, Sammy understands that sharks are dangerous, but he is very intrigued by the mysterious sea creatures, and always has been. He decided long ago that he wants to be a marine biologist when he grows up – even to the point of having me look up which colleges in Louisiana offer courses in the subject. Luckily, LSU offers a program, so he won’t have to go far.

Last year, he entered the Sci-Port “Art in Science Competition.” He didn’t place, but you have to admit, the sculpture he made was pretty darn cool!

Sammy's Great White Shark sculpture, made from found objects. It even glowed red on the inside, and felt rough to the touch.

One thing that Sammy is VERY passionate about is stopping Shark Finning. Never heard of it? Lots of people haven’t. He’s been talking about it for years, and last night, he spent an hour writing an essay about it for school homework. (Sammy attends year-round school so he is still in session until the end of June!) Here is a link to learn more about it: Shark Finning

Basically, people take live sharks, cut off their fins to use for shark fin soup, which is a delicacy in some countries. The fins are also used for lots of other things that really, we could do without or find something else. About 99% of the shark is unused! They throw them back into the ocean, fin-less, and unable to swim, they die in less than two minutes. It’s cruel and inhumane. Some may think, so what? It’s just a shark. But still…Sammy is even  open to coming up with ways to breed a certain kind of shark in captivity just for these purposes and killing them humanely for shark fin soup. Except it’s probably not as prevalent or even relevant in our society, so he feels like he’s fighting a lost cause, and it makes him sad. Finning really messes up the ocean ecosystem, and that will mess us all up eventually!

He has pretty much decided that his goal is to somehow stop finning. How? That is yet to be determined. Until then, he wants to come up with his own logo, slogan, make posters, artwork, etc…and if you know anything about me, when my kids say they are passionate about something, I will make it happen for them. So, keep you eyes and ears peeled…you might be hearing about Sammy and his campaign to Stop Shark Finning!

Sammy pets a shark in 2009 at the Audobon Aquarium in New Orleans.


About sammyisawesome

Hi I am Sammy's mom. Sammy is 12 years old, right now. He is really awesome and lots of people told me I should have a website to chart his awesomeness. So here it is. You may think he is an ordinary 12 year old, but give this blog a chance and you will be a believer. Sammy is awesome.

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