BAR HARBOR (AP) – A College of the Atlantic alumna has become the second person with Maine connections killed in the Indian Ocean tsunami that has claimed nearly 150,000 lives.

Rebecca Clark, a 1996 graduate of the college, was conducting sea turtle research on a small island in Thailand when the region was struck by a powerful earthquake that rattled the ocean floor and sent massive waves crashing onto shorefront communities from southern Asia to Africa.

Clark, 32, grew up in Nova Scotia and had previously been involved in whale research off the Maine coast.

“We will remember Rebecca’s love for the ocean and the many contributions she made toward understanding and conserving the life it contains,” Steve Katona, president of College of the Atlantic, said in a message to the campus community.

Clark was conducting sea turtle research for Naucrates, an environmental organization based in Italy. Shew was among five people who were caught in a wave as they raced from a beach toward a forested hill when the tsunami struck Dec. 26, according to a report from Naucrates that was relayed by the college.

Naucrates has canceled this year’s projects in Thailand.

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