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Sharks and rays of the world
Perrine, Doug.
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Publication Information:
Stillwater, Minn. : Voyageur Press, 1999.
Physical Description:
132 pages : illustrations ; 27 cm x 25 cm
Examines the natural history and evolution of various species of sharks and rays, members of the same subclass, describing their physical characteristics, feeding, reproduction, human encounters, and more.
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QL638.9 .P437 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Doug Perrine examines the life history, reproduction, feeding, body form, and sensory adaptations of sharks and rays. After providing general descriptions, Perrine then profiles some of the more colorful and popular species, including the great white shark, manta ray, whale shark, and electric ray. Lavishly illustrated with stunning color photography. Previous hardcover edition: 0-89658-448-8.

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School Library Journal Review

Gr 8 Up-An in-depth look into the watery world of sharks and rays, cartilaginous fishes whose evolutionary history stretches back over millions of years. The detailed, readable text investigates the Chondrichthyans: their long evolution and specialization, a general natural history (physiology, reproduction, sensory adaptations, diet, etc.), and gives detailed information on large numbers of individual species. The mandatory chapter on shark attacks is included, as is one on the new sport of baited dives with sharks and rays for curious and adventuresome vacationers. A list of such dive sites (organized by species) is appended. Large, bright color photos of a fascinating array of sharks and rays in their infinite variety and natural habitats lend eye-catching value to the volume. If you already own Leighton R. Taylor's Sharks & Rays (Time-Life, 1997) you might think Perrine's work a mere duplication. It's not.-Patricia Manning, formerly at Eastchester Public Library, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

The strength of Perrine's handsome book is its 75 beautiful color photographs, which were taken under water. Although the text contains useful information about the behavior of the various kinds of sharks and rays, it is not comprehensive enough to serve as a student resource. However, for students who intend to dive in order to study such fishes in their habitats, this work will be instructive. Included is a list of 67 dive sites where certain species of elasmobranchs may be seen; most of them would require the use of scuba gear. In addition to observations on behavior, there are brief sections on evolution, conservation, and systematics. Recommended for beginning students who have a potential interest in doing underwater research. J. C. Briggs; University of Georgia

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 9
What are Sharks and Rays?p. 11
Origins and Ancestorsp. 17
Living in the Seap. 31
Data Inputp. 37
Counting Caloriesp. 47
Strategies for Survivalp. 57
Genetic Transport into the Futurep. 65
Human Attack!p. 73
Ordering the Ordersp. 81
Swimming with Sharksp. 123
Further Informationp. 131
Indexp. 132