By: Joshua Bryant
For many Chavez sophomores, it was for the very first time. Cutting, and slicing, and a nasty aroma of raw, dying fish. It was Biology class, and Ms. McCormick’s students were busy cutting open sharks and comparing them to their own bodies.
It was sophomore Tanara Francis’s first time dissecting sharks. She said it was fun.
“My experience with the sharks was kind of disgusting, but interesting, because it was slimy and I was touching the inside of a dead body,” Francis said. “And it was interesting because like I said before it was my first ever dissecting.”
Even though some students enjoyed the dissections, some students didn’t. Chavez sophomore Ricardo Young shared what it was like to be in a room full of dead shark bodies: not pleasing.
“It was distracting me and I couldn’t really focus,” Young said.
Chavez 10th grade Biology teacher Ms. McCormick had strong reasons for why she chose sharks, instead of the more typical frog dissection.
“The main point of the project is to show the comparison between sharks and humans,” McCormick said. “By seeing the comparisons between the sharks and humans, students can have a better understanding of how we came from fish. Students can actually see the fact that we are really not that different.”
Sharks may be scary, but McCormick said she hoped that they would start looking at them differently after looking at them from the inside.
“Being able to understand them from a perspective of science and of biology, you can understand them,” McCormick said. “You can see the relationships. You can really appreciate the similarities that we have.”