Synopses & Reviews
Dispeling myths about shark attacks and offering facts about shark conservation and the history of shark-human interaction, this guide comprehensively overturns negative and damaging perceptions of sharks
Thoroughly researched and written in clear, jargon-free prose by a shark "outsider," it reveals everything about these sophisticated guardians of the oceans. The shark has been the planet's dominant predator for millions of years. But in just 50 years all sharks have become threatened by human activity; victims of a deadly combination of overfishing, pollution, and the destruction of their habitats. Although scientific knowledge of sharks is increasing rapidly, there is still much to learn about these complex and elusive animalsand for many species it may already be too late. Despite this, in the popular imagination sharks remain poorly understood and, all too often, despised. This book stands up for sharksbig or small, scary or harmless.
"Written in the conversational yet informative tone of the good naturalist-lecturer . . . this will be the go-to book on Tasmanian devils for the foreseeable future." —Booklist on Tasmanian Devil
"A superbly readable account of this bizarre marsupial." —New York Sun on Tasmanian Devil
"The first ever shark enthusiasts almanac. . . . there is something here for everyone, whether you are a naturalist, fish nut, diver, fisherman or simply someone who stands on the seashore and looks out to sea and puzzles over the wonderful creatures found there." —Dr. Chris Harvey-Clark, shark conservationist, University of British Columbia
"Superbly researched and written . . . painstakingly, scientifically accurate. . . . However, it extends well beyond science and weaves an informative path through the role sharks have played in indigenous and European cultures . . . will provide something of interest for everyone." —Island
About the Author
David Owen is the coauthor of Tasmanian Devil and the author of Tasmanian Tiger.