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The Shark-Watcher's Handbook: A Guide to Sharks and Where to See Them

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Publisher Comments:

Hundreds of thousands of people have an intentional encounter with sharks every year, and shark-watching has become a multi-million dollar business. The ultimate shark-watcher's guide, this comprehensive and ground-breaking book is essential reading for any marine enthusiast who wants to navigate the waters of those who consort with sharks.

The Shark-Watcher's Handbook covers everything you need to know about sharks and shark watching: the history, techniques, risks and controversies; a thorough overview of shark natural history and biology; the many threats facing sharks and how snorkelers and divers can help; and even how to get good shark photographs, safely. There is also an extensive, fully illustrated directory of the twenty-four species most commonly encountered by shark watchers. Each entry includes important information on natural history, classification, diet, reproduction, behavior and range; and there are special sections on identification, the potential danger to divers and good places for a close encounter.

The book includes the first detailed directory of more than 250 of the world's shark-watching hotspots, with a detailed description of each site and information on everything from the species most likely to be seen and the best time of year to visit to contact details for further information and travel notes.

Whether you're a professional diver, someone contemplating your first close encounter with a shark, or the sort of person who prefers to view these extraordinary animals in the pages of a book, The Shark-Watcher's Handbook is an attractive, invaluable, and utterly fascinating guide to the underwater world of sharks.

Synopsis:

At a time when shark-watching has become a multi-million dollar business, this comprehensive, groundbreaking guide is essential reading for any marine enthusiast who wants to consort with sharks, or just admire from afar.

Synopsis:

"Every diver should have a copy of this book. It's the most comprehensive and best-researched guide to diving and snorkeling with sharks--providing everything you need to know in order to experience some of the most awe-inspiring and breathtaking underwater encounters anywhere in the world."--Graeme Gourlay, Editor in Chief, Dive

Synopsis:

Hundreds of thousands of people have an intentional encounter with sharks every year, and shark-watching has become a multi-million dollar business. The ultimate shark-watcher's guide, this comprehensive and ground-breaking book is essential reading for any marine enthusiast who wants to navigate the waters of those who consort with sharks.

The Shark-Watcher's Handbook covers everything you need to know about sharks and shark watching: the history, techniques, risks and controversies; a thorough overview of shark natural history and biology; the many threats facing sharks and how snorkelers and divers can help; and even how to get good shark photographs, safely. There is also an extensive, fully illustrated directory of the twenty-four species most commonly encountered by shark watchers. Each entry includes important information on natural history, classification, diet, reproduction, behavior and range; and there are special sections on identification, the potential danger to divers and good places for a close encounter.

The book includes the first detailed directory of more than 250 of the world's shark-watching hotspots, with a detailed description of each site and information on everything from the species most likely to be seen and the best time of year to visit to contact details for further information and travel notes.

Whether you're a professional diver, someone contemplating your first close encounter with a shark, or the sort of person who prefers to view these extraordinary animals in the pages of a book, The Shark-Watcher's Handbook is an attractive, invaluable, and utterly fascinating guide to the underwater world of sharks.

About the Author

'Mark Carwardine is a zoologist, writer, photographer, and broadcaster. He is the author of \"Last Chance to See\" and \"The Guinness Book of Animal Records\". Ken Watterson is a research scientist and Churchill Fellow, and founder of the Basking Shark Society.'

Table of Contents

1 Shark Diving

Chummingand baiting 10

Is shark diving acceptable ecotourism or unacceptable and dangerous exploitation? 11

Planning a shark dive 18

2. How Dangerous are Sharks? The International Shark Attack File 24

How many people are attacked? 24

Why do sharks attack? 25

Where do sharks attack? 27

Shark attacks on divers 29

Dangerous sharks 30

Reducingthe risk 31

Shark repellents and protection 34

Learningfrom an 'inevitable' attack 36

Shark attacks in perspective 37

3. Shark Photography

Cameras 40

Lenses 42

Film 44

Exposure 44

Artificial flash 45

Backscatter 46

Get close. . . and then get even closer 47

Composition 47

Safety 48

4. The World of Sharks

Origins and ancestors 51

Classification of sharks 54

The perfect body 58

Sensing the environment 60

The ultimate predator 65

Making more sharks 69

Shark research 73

5. Shark Conservation

Shark finning 80

Shark skin, meat, liver oil, cartilage and other products 85

How divers can help 87

6. Shark Directory

Shark identification 89

Naming the parts of a shark 91

Sand tiger shark 92

Thresher sharks 94

Baskingshark 96

Shortfin mako shark 98

Great white shark l00

Scalloped hammerhead shark 102

Great hammerhead shark 104

Caribbean reef shark 106

Oceanic whitetip shark 108

Silky shark 110

Dusky shark 112

Galapagos shark 114

Grey reef shark 116

Silvertip shark 118

Blacktip reef shark 120

Bull shark 122

Bronze whaler shark 124

Lemon shark 126

Tiger shark 128

Whitetipreef shark 130

Blue shark 132

Whale shark 134

Nurse shark 136

Zebra shark 138

7. Directory of Shark-watching Sites

Maps 142-53

Introduction 154

North America and Mexico 155

Central and South America 175

The Bahamas and the Caribbean 187

Europe 202

East and Southern Africa 205

North Africa and the Middle East 214

Asia 221

Mauritius 234

The Seychelles 235

The Maldives 238

Australasia 248

Pacific Islands 268

Product Details

ISBN:
9780691096377
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Location:
Princeton, N.J.
Author:
Carwardine, Mark
Author:
Watterson, Ken
Subject:
Fish
Subject:
Marine Life
Subject:
Sharks
Subject:
Deep diving
Subject:
Special Interest - Adventure
Subject:
Marine Biiology
Subject:
Biological Sciences.
Subject:
Animals - Fish
Subject:
Oceanography-Fish
Subject:
Birds and Natural History
Subject:
Popular science
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
MBMG 305
Publication Date:
March 2004
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Illustrations:
60 color photos. 25 color illus. Many co
Pages:
232
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 22 oz

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Geography » General
Religion » Comparative Religion » General
Science and Mathematics » Nature Studies » Fish
Science and Mathematics » Nature Studies » Ocean and Marine Biology
Science and Mathematics » Oceanography » Fish
Science and Mathematics » Oceanography » Sharks Rays and Skates
Sports and Outdoors » Outdoors » Lore and Survival

The Shark-Watcher's Handbook: A Guide to Sharks and Where to See Them
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Product details 232 pages Princeton University Press - English 9780691096377 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , At a time when shark-watching has become a multi-million dollar business, this comprehensive, groundbreaking guide is essential reading for any marine enthusiast who wants to consort with sharks, or just admire from afar.
"Synopsis" by , "Every diver should have a copy of this book. It's the most comprehensive and best-researched guide to diving and snorkeling with sharks--providing everything you need to know in order to experience some of the most awe-inspiring and breathtaking underwater encounters anywhere in the world."--Graeme Gourlay, Editor in Chief, Dive
"Synopsis" by , Hundreds of thousands of people have an intentional encounter with sharks every year, and shark-watching has become a multi-million dollar business. The ultimate shark-watcher's guide, this comprehensive and ground-breaking book is essential reading for any marine enthusiast who wants to navigate the waters of those who consort with sharks.

The Shark-Watcher's Handbook covers everything you need to know about sharks and shark watching: the history, techniques, risks and controversies; a thorough overview of shark natural history and biology; the many threats facing sharks and how snorkelers and divers can help; and even how to get good shark photographs, safely. There is also an extensive, fully illustrated directory of the twenty-four species most commonly encountered by shark watchers. Each entry includes important information on natural history, classification, diet, reproduction, behavior and range; and there are special sections on identification, the potential danger to divers and good places for a close encounter.

The book includes the first detailed directory of more than 250 of the world's shark-watching hotspots, with a detailed description of each site and information on everything from the species most likely to be seen and the best time of year to visit to contact details for further information and travel notes.

Whether you're a professional diver, someone contemplating your first close encounter with a shark, or the sort of person who prefers to view these extraordinary animals in the pages of a book, The Shark-Watcher's Handbook is an attractive, invaluable, and utterly fascinating guide to the underwater world of sharks.

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