Ever since the hit film Jaws, the terrifying image of the shark as a mindless killing machine has firmly imprinted itself on many of us. But with their large brains and extraordinarily keen sensory perception, sharks have a more sophisticated physiology than previously thought. Take a "dive" into shark-infested waters to watch and understand their behavior patterns. Very adaptive, they act in accordance with the demands of feeding and reproduction. The breeds range from the tiny (6 inches) Squaliolus laticaudus to the famed White Shark, who can measure 39 feet. Many live primarily on fish, though they will attack unfortunate humans who cross their path, as a number of stories recounted here prove. Incredible photographs offer a glimpse into the shark's wide jaws and toothy mouth, and of an incredible variety of species, including the handsome zebra shark, sand tiger, and nurse shark. An informative view of a much misunderstood creature.
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Rodney Steel was formerly Assistant Scientific Officer of the Department of Palaeontology at the British Museum. He is now a science editor with the Central Office of Information in London. He is also a member of the Society of Vertebrate Palaeontology.From Library Journal:
Well illustrated with photographs and line drawings, Sharks of the World is an attractive package of information on shark classification, anatomy, evolution, reproduction, and behavior. Written for the nonspecialist, this book is easily readable, save for a few sections where technical terminology is not defined in either the text or the brief glossary. Shark attack descriptions are a bit overwritten and repeat accounts found in many other "animal versus man" books. Although nicely done, this book does not cover its topic as well as the excellent Sharks by Sanford A. Moss ( LJ 3/1/85). For popular and YA collections. Frank Reiser, Biology Dept., Nassau Community Coll., Garden City,
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Book Description Facts on File, 1985. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110816010862