“A valuable addition to public and academic libraries.”—Susan Klimley, Columbia University Libraries
“Dramatically and specifically illustrated with color photographs and line drawings, this book reveals scientifically factual answers to questions commonly asked about these fascinating and fearsome creatures. The book concludes with information on how to become a shark specialist.”—School Library Journal
“Traditionally, most books on sharks have been organized family by family, making it difficult for the general reader to get an overall picture of what is known of shark habits and behavior. This book presents research and information in a more readable, accessible fashion, as answers to common questions: What do sharks eat? How fast can sharks swim? Where do sharks live? References to the appropriate scientific literature follow each explanation, and a complete bibliography is provided. The photographs are unusually good, including clear pictures of embryo sharks and species rarely seen. A valuable addition to public and academic libraries.”—Library Journal
First published by the Smithsonian Institution, this work answers the most frequently asked questions about sharks. The book is in a question and answer format, and provides knowledge for a general audience as well as students of marine biology. The book provides a comprehensive review of the biology of sharks in three broad divisions. The first division is a general overview of shark biology and evolutionary history. The second division is on "supersharks"; those sharks interesting in terms of life history, size or temperament. The last division covers the interactions between sharks and humans, and looks at the risk of shark attack. It provides a brief survey of the commercial uses of sharks.