Shannon Lee

Shannon Lee

Hails from: Taipei, Taiwan and Arlington, Texas
Currently lives in: Taipei
Favorite Place: An empty, Olympic-sized swimming pool
Favorite Things to Do: Uninterrupted swimming, uninterrupted reading, uninterrupted studying of sharks, talking to people about sharks, getting people to sign shark petitions, anything sharks actually!
Favorite Shark: I love love LOVE them all! What's not to like!

What shark are you most like and why?
Eh, I’d say I most resemble an oceanic whitetip, because we’re both solitary and fierce; this is a hard question as I do LOVE them all!

How did sharks draw you into their watery world?
My mom-in-law cooks shark-fin-soups and blue fin tuna steaks and it both breaks my heart and enrages me.  That was what drew me to their underwater universe and for as long as I draw breath, I’ll save every shark I possibly can. 

Sharks are intelligent, charismatic, and absolutely beautiful animals. They’ve been vilified by the media for too long and something needs to be done about it. Without them, the marine system will collapse to trigger a series of domino effects that will ultimately spell our doom.

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Short Bio:
Born in Taiwan and educated/grew up in Texas, I consider myself a citizen of the world.  I graduated with a B.A in broadcast communication and a master’s in translation and interpretation and right now I’m working as a language advisor to mayor of Taipei.  When I return to Austin, Texas next year to pursue my Ph.D, trust that I will push the shark campaign at the Texas Senate to get a ban going.  
I’m also a very lucky girl: by doing what I love (translation and interpretation), I get to save what I love (sharks, of course!!)!