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Until December 2018, Dr. Samuel Gruber's name was something I associated with shark research. It was only after the book 'Shark Doc, Shark Lab' was sent to me as reference material for this project that I learned that Dr. Gruber isn't just any shark researcher but among the very pioneers of elasmobranch science. Blending his passion for adventure with science, Dr. Gruber used some very revolutionary, out-of-the-box and even seemingly outlandish techniques to track, study and conserve his life-long muse, the Lemon Shark, and most science that exists around this remarkable animal today can be traced back to his efforts. Among his many accomplishments are battling cancer twice, and breaking every convention to establish the Bimini Biological Field Station in The Bahamas, dedicated to marine biology.
This illustration, commissioned by the Save our Seas Foundation is a representation of the BBFS and the marine wildlife of Bimini in North Bahamas, and is being used at the field station for conservation education and awareness.
Dr. Gruber breathed his last on the 18th of April, 2019. While I regret never having met him, I cannot be more thankful to the Save Our Seas Foundation for giving me the privilege of having Dr. Gruber know of my work. Referred to as 'Doc' lovingly by his peers, Dr. Gruber features in my illustration with his muse, the Lemon Shark.