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Close to Shore: The Terrifying Shark Attacks of 1916


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ISBN13: 9780767904148
ISBN10: 0767904141
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grenx1, October 2, 2007 (view all comments by grenx1)
Now, I haven't read this book... yet.
To my understanding however, the shark involved in this series of attacks is generally believed to have been a Bull shark.
I believe it is true that the great hunt spurred by the attacks may have produced a Great White off shore somewhere (one that may or may not have had partial human remains in its belly) but Bulls were also caught, and the M.O. fits that of a Bull shark -- especially the inland travel up the Matawan river and the relentless feeding pattern.
Great White attacks on humans rarely ever go beyond exploratory bites... 'nibbles', if you will. And while these are bad enough, they do not typically constitute the kind of predation that is said to have happened there in 1916. People aren't meaty enough for these sharks. Bulls, on the other hand, are the sharks most commonly known to attack humans in shallow water, and most likely to come back for more.

Doesn't anybody watch "Shark Week" on the Discovery channel each summer? Just wondering.
Thanks, * Glenn
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ajbsoccergirl, August 2, 2007 (view all comments by ajbsoccergirl)
this is a good book and i loveed it, i didnt buy it i got it from a friend. i would love to read it any other time again!-ajbsoccergirl
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Capuzzo, Michael
Broadway Books
Capuzzo, Mike
New York
Marine Life
United States - State & Local
Shark attacks
United States - State & Local - General
Animals - Fish
General Nature
history;sharks;new jersey;non-fiction;shark attacks;animals;american history;american;1910s;nature;disasters;nautical;usa;ocean;disaster;america
Edition Number:
1st trade pbk. ed.
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
no. 801
Publication Date:
May 2002
Grade Level:
8.04x5.22x.74 in. .55 lbs.

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Product details 336 pages Broadway Books - English 9780767904148 Reviews:
"Review" by , "[The] book's strength lies in its lively reconstruction of the age and its consciousness....The encounters between people and sharks make for some tense and gruesome reading, and the rest of the book is equally page-turning..."
"Review" by , "Capuzzo laces this suspenseful story with interesting social history....Factual information about shark physiology and behavior heightens the tension....[A] riveting thriller that does not lessen its grip until the final page."
"Review" by , "[G]ripping and occasionally grisly....More than a literary Jaws, Close to Shore captures the decline of Victorian-era innocence as the 20th century brutally bared its teeth."
"Review" by , "The most perfect beach book ever. Better than Jaws — an amazing story, terrific writing, and the Gilded Age setting is fascinating. I loved it."
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"Synopsis" by , Includes bibliographical references (p. [309]-317).
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