Ocean Policy On The Funny Pages

Sherman’s Lagoon is a comic strip that runs in many U.S. papers.  It takes place in the ocean and lead character Sherman is a shark.  Starting last week the strip took on ocean policy, spending most of the last several days talking about the Aquarius undersea laboratory.  The laboratory is facing the budget axe, and artist Jim Toomey is not happy.  He’s sent Sherman to visit the lab

Sherman visits Aquarius

Sherman’s Lagoon draws attention to the Aquarius underseas lab.

and talk with National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Sylvia Earle about the value of the lab and its research.  Here’s today’s edition.

Sherman's Lagoon, September 19, 2012

Sherman – in human form – talks with Sylvia Earle about ocean exploration

Toomey has focused on other ocean issues with the comic strip, but this is the first time I can remember him focusing on an ocean budget issue.  Here’s some video discussing earlier uses of Sherman’s Lagoon to draw attention to ocean issues Toomey cares about.


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