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Title:
Sharks
Author:
Stevens, J. D. (John Donald), 1947-
Edition:
Second edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Checkmark Books, 1999.
Physical Description:
240 pages : illustrations (some color), color maps ; 32 cm
Language:
English
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ISBN:
9780816039906
Format :
Book

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This edition presents readers with a survey of sharks, their habits, and their habitats, complemented by 300 photographs. Details include shark biology, behaviour and ecology, the practical role of sharks in the marine environment, prevention of shark attacks, and shark conservation.


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Sharks represents a compendium of effort from more than 20 specialists working in academia, fisheries management, natural history, and the visual arts. This new edition (1st ed., CH, Nov'87) is amply illustrated with maps, figures, and more than 230 photographs. Although this volume introduces the reader to aspects of shark evolution, biology, behavior, and ecology, the emphasis is on human-shark interactions, which contrary to popular lore have decidedly favored the bipedal side of the relationship. Nonetheless, nearly a third of the book is devoted to shark attacks. This focus on danger results in considerable overlap as contributors address, each from their own geographic perspective, a phenomenon in which only a limited number of species are known to be involved worldwide. The volume does provide an introduction to the world of sharks that is both informative and visually stunning. Features include a guide to supplementary resources, a checklist of living species, and a section for divers that details where, when, and how to observe these animals in their natural environment. Recommended for general audiences and lower-division undergraduates. S. G. Tolley; Florida Gulf Coast University