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Baker & Taylor
A guide to sharks covers their origins, ancestors, diversity, reputation, conservation efforts, and how they are being studied.

Firefly Books Ltd

A richly illustrated reference.

Sharks are awe-inspiring, beautiful, mysterious and frightening. However perceived, they never fail to excite and impress. They predate the dinosaurs and have ruled the seas for 400 million years.

Shark presents the facts and explores the fallacies about these nearly perfectly adapted fish, from their prehistoric beginning to their struggle for survival today.

The book covers:

  • Their origins and ancestors
  • Diversity of the species
  • Shark behavior and physiology
  • Research projects
  • Face-to-face encounters
  • Conservation efforts.

A detailed chapter on shark attacks explains where, when and why attacks occur. The book also describes the different types of attacks -- hit-and-run, bump-and-bite and sneak attacks -- and provides useful tips for not becoming a statistic.

Engagingly written and illustrated with stunning photographs, Shark combines the latest scientific findings and celebrates the mystery and diversity of a remarkable species.

Description of the origins, ancestors and diversity of shark species worldwide. Also covers biology and reproduction, shark attacks, conservation efforts and how and where to swim with sharks.

Book News
Rather than characterizing sharks as "Jaws"-type man-eaters, a zoologist/writer/photographer specializing in marine wildlife celebrates these maligned, diverse, intelligent, and threatened species. In striking photoessays, Carwardine traces the study of sharks since antiquity, their evolution, physiology, actual threat to humans, and their endangerment by humans. Lastly, he provides safety tips while discussing the debate over shark- watching dives. 10 x 11 ". Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: Buffalo, N.Y. ; Richmond Hill, Ont. : Firefly Books, 2004
ISBN: 9781552979488
Characteristics: 168 p. : col. ill. ; 28 cm
Additional Contributors: British Broadcasting Corporation


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