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Offers information, legends, and true accounts of giant aquatic creatures and their interactions with humans, including sharks, whales, saltwater crocodiles, giant squid, and possible lake and sea monsters
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Grade 4-6?It's difficult to discern the boundary between fact and fiction in this series entry. Did a 45-foot turtle really threaten three fishermen off the coast of Nova Scotia in 1956? There's an illustration that seems to confirm the sighting, but the text describing it and many such encounters is peppered with phrases like "...some people...regarded the stories as nonsense." In addition, the incidents are so frightening that anyone who reads the book and sees the lurid illustrations might never go near the water again. Most of the full-color and black-and-white drawings, reproductions, and photographs are fascinating in the way illustrations in medical texts of horrible, disfiguring conditions are?especially the photo of the gaping wounds diver Rodney Fox sustained in a white shark attack, and the one of the scars left after they were stitched closed. Tales of sharks attacking little wooden boats and shipwreck survivors and of saltwater crocodiles storing bodies among "...underwater roots until the flesh rots enough to be easily separated" are incredibly gruesome and portray these predators as forces of evil. This book is so relentless in its sensationalism and so counter to the current view of the necessity of predators in the food chain that its usefulness is doubtful.?Frances E. Millhouser, Chantilly Regional Library, VA
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Book Description Heinemann-Raintree. Hardcover. Condition: Good. A copy that has been read, but remains in clean condition. All pages are intact, and the cover is intact. The spine may show signs of wear. Pages can include limited notes and highlighting, and the copy can include previous owner inscriptions. At ThriftBooks, our motto is: Read More, Spend Less. Seller Inventory # G1568473672I3N00