Charlott "The Goblin Girl" Stenberg
Hello Goblin Girl.
Welcome to SHARKMAN’S WORLD
Charlott: Thank you Alex. I love to be here.
| Sharkman: How
long have you been interested in Sharks? |
Charlott: As long as I can remember! There was for example one occasion when I was four. I was listening to a story about the hen and the chickens, together with my later-to-be class mates, and my parents saw that I was looking very bored. As soon as the teacher reading the story got quiet, I heaved up my voice and said, really loud, that "in Australia there are sharks and whales". Growing up in the north of Sweden with just long winters and snow, my young friends really looked like question marks... My parents remember me talking about sharks already at the age of two or three, but my aunt goes even further and claims "haj" (= shark in Swedish) was the first word I ever said.
Sharkman: How did this interest Start?
Charlott: I saw Ron and Valerie Taylor on TV, "swimming in the mouth" of a whale shark. Then I looked in books (from among others Hans Hass) and in National Geographic for sharks at home, I heard about "JAWS" (and later, saw it on video) etc etc. That I could scare my older sister with pictures of grinning white sharks didn't make my interest less…
Sharkman: In what way is your work related to Sharks?
Charlott: Sharks are the ones to hold responsible for my choice to become a marine biologist. Unfortunately shark research is a non existing topic in Sweden. I've done my best to work with sharks by doing my Masters thesis on piked dogfish (Squalus acanthias) but right now I'm stuck with invertebrates and bone fish at work.
Charlott: Nope. I've been to South Africa in 1995 with the WSRI, but Natal Shark Board tested their Shark Pod in our chum slick (and it worked!) so there were not so many sharks around our boat. And the few that were around were to scared to stay when we entered the cage.
Sharkman: That was when you got a Beauty Title. Please tell us about it.
Charlott: Well, a "large" part of the day on the expedition was to clean the boat after every day out at sea. If you don't do that the boat will be very stinky from all the chum after a while. But you can't give me a hose and think that I will only use it to clean the boat… I used it on my fellow expedition members who gave back by pouring a litre of chum over me. So I became some sort of "The Miss Wet Chum T-shirt".
Sharkman: Which is your Favourite Shark, and Why?
My favourite is the goblin shark
(Mitsukurina owstoni) because it's pink, cute and mysterious - just like me! We
have the same kind of personality - we don't look like anyone else.
Sharkman: :-) Is that why you had it tattooed on your leg?
Charlott: Yes that is why I made a goblin. When I tell all my friends that I got a tattoo made on Malta, they all guess that it is a shark (strange...), but they can't guess which specie. And when I tell them, they don't know what a Goblin shark looks like, but now I can always show them... Very handy!
You mean very leggy... :-)
Charlott: Meeting Sharkman :-) Well, seeing my first great white sure was memorable. I wanted to jump into the sea and hug it! But hopefully there will be much more to come in the next future.
Sharkman: What are your dreams?
Charlott: See a live goblin shark, and do research on them. And dive with whale sharks (and mantas) at, for example, Ningaloo reef. But I want to dive with all kinds of sharks, and hug them...
Sharkman: What is your opinion of Malta?
Charlott: The best place to be because that is where Sharkman's domain is... :-) and a great place to be in early June since it's not too warm then. Very nice and friendly people and easy to make oneself understood since nearly everyone speaks English. Good diving, especially for an inexperienced mudskipper like me - no big corals that I can destroy when I have problems with my buoyancy.
And they have The One and Only Sharkman, which means you can even dance underwater and that the conversation in the evenings are great because it's all about sharks!
Sharkman: Anything else you would like to add ?
Charlott: To all my friends and relatives that have asked me about it: No, you can't get too many sharky things! Don't you agree with me on that Alex? Hope to see you soon! We have to dance UW again.
Sharkman: Very True. The more stuff I get, the more I want.
Thank you Charlott..It was a pleasure to meet you here in Sharkman's World.
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