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The shark almanac
Allen, Thomas B.
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Publication Information:
New York : Lyons Press, 1999.
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274 pages : illustrations, (some color) ; 26 cm
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Includes index.
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QL638.9 .A438 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
QL638.9 .A438 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Explores the biology, history, and diversity of sharks, including their evolution, mythology, commercial uses, and continued survival.

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Booklist Review

Sharks are extremely popular animals, and, although there is a plethora of books about them, this new effort is a welcome addition to the assemblage. Sharks, one of the most ancient groups of animals, evolved long before the dinosaurs and survive virtually unchanged today. Almost 400 species of sharks, plus close to 600 species of their close relatives the skates and rays, live in the world's oceans, and the present work provides a very good introduction to these cartilaginous fishes. Two opening chapters furnish an overview of shark biology, anatomy, and behavior. The next two chapters describe around 100 representative shark species and an equal number of shark relatives. An exhaustive chapter on sharks attacking humans follows with excellent statistics and details on why sharks attack. One important chapter discusses the enormous decline (80 percent in some species) in sharks over the past decade, and what is being done to preserve them. Well illustrated with drawings and photographs, The Shark Almanac is a very thorough work, recommended for all libraries. --Nancy Bent

Library Journal Review

YA-In this comprehensive, authoritative overview, Allen demystifies this feared species in the hope that he can educate readers and strengthen conservation efforts on the animals' behalf. Shark populations are declining and, with humans as their greatest enemy, their survival is being threatened. Although the text is fairly academic, it is readable and should be considered for serious research. Introductory chapters on sharks in general are followed by discussions of specific sharks and their relatives, the skates and rays. Details on behavior, physical description of the species, distribution, and the danger to humans are included. The information on the science of shark attacks on humans, including how not to be a victim and the stories of specific attacks, will be especially popular with students. The work concludes with reviews of the medical research and the business interests involved in harvesting sharks. Numerous line drawings clarify adjacent text. There are a few black-and-white photographs scattered throughout, with full-color plates in the center of the book. An excellent resource.-Claudia Moore, W. T. Woodson High School, Fairfax, VA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.