ROCKLAND — You may have seen some stories in the news lately about the increased presence of white sharks off the Maine coast, but how much do you know about these fascinating creatures? Researcher and conservationist Sue Perkins will offer a fascinating presentation about her work with these recent visitors to the Gulf of Maine.

Sue Perkins is a graduate student in Biology in Miami University’s (Oxford, OH) Project Dragonfly program. Her research focus for the past two years has been on the presence of white sharks in the Gulf of Maine. As part of her conservation outreach and course work, she has received a Maine SeaGrant to develop a pop-up educational booth called “Respect the Locals.” Sue will be taking the booth to state park beaches as well as coastal community events to talk about sharing the waters of the Gulf with white sharks, how to be “Shark Smart” and “Shark Safe” when using the water recreationally, and the conservation success story that is going on in the Gulf of Maine. Sue is also a science teacher at Brunswick High School.

This event will take place in the library’s Community Room; the Rockland Public Library is located at 80 Union St. For more information, please email elewis@rocklandmaine.gov by 4 p.m. on Sept. 22 with the event you are interested in attending in the subject line.