Great White Shark

Great White Shark

Myth and Reality

Book - 2012
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Looks at a research team's tracking of great white sharks, offering information the behavior of white sharks, the dangers they face, and myths about them.

Firefly Books Ltd

A comprehensive new look at the great white shark.

The 1975 film Jaws tragically and erroneously marked the great white shark as a savage man-eating monster. Three decades later conservationists are still trying to dispel that myth.

Great White Shark returns the creature to its proper place: that of a wild and powerful predator to be respected. It follows one research team as it tracks tagged great whites, revealing previously unknown behaviors, such as hunting in groups, changing our understanding of this remarkable animal. It also surveys the deadly dangers faced by great white sharks, such as finning and ocean garbage.

More than 100 dramatic photographs fill the book's pages. Topics include:

  • Range map and essential facts
  • The role of the great white shark in marine ecosystems
  • 10 myths about great white sharks
  • Exceptional sensory organs
  • Great white shark attacks
  • Identifying individuals
  • Transmitter tagging
  • Photographing from a shark cage
  • Shark protection around the world.

Special features provide a wealth of factual information and new insight. Two tagged sharks had their own stories to tell: one traveled a stunning 6,800 transglobal miles in just four months; a caged diver saves another from an agonizing death caused by plastic strapping. Four experts--a photographer, ocean biologist, oceanographer and the founder of the White Shark Trust--reflect on the future of the species now living on borrowed time.

Great White Shark writes an exciting new chapter in shark research for popular science readers.

Book News
This reference brings general readers and students up close and personal with the great white shark. Following one research team tracking great white sharks in Australia, the book provides about 100 high-quality color photos throughout, most taken in open water, outside of protective cages. The book gives background on shark anatomy and examines threats to their survival as a species, with discussion of the benefits and drawbacks of ecotourism. The research team is described saving sharks from manmade hazards and pushing the boundaries to understand shark behavior. Appendices offer a chart summarizing shark protection legislation around the world, plus lists of books, documentary films, and websites for kids and adults. Civard-Racinais is a science writer. Héraud is a professional photographer and diving instructor. Annotation ©2013 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: Richmond Hill, Ont. : Firefly Books, 2012
Description: 143 p. : col. ill. ; 26 cm
ISBN: 9781770851023
Branch Call Number: 597.33 Civ
Additional Contributors: Héraud, Patrice.


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Aug 09, 2015

Really interesting!

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