Great White Shark: Myth and Reality
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Publisher: Firefly Books

Author Statement: Alexandrine Civard-Racinais ; Photographs by Patrice Héraud ; Preface by Maud Fontenoy
Audience: Trade
Specs: 116 full color photographs, map, tables, resources, index
Pages: 144
Trim Size: 7 1/2" X 10" X 7/16"
Language code 1: eng
Publication Date: 20171205
Copyright Year: 2012
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Great White Shark: Myth and Reality

A comprehensive new look at the great white shark.

Great White Shark covers all aspects of this great but sadly misunderstood ocean predator. There are three sections: Portrait of the Great White; Searching for the Great White; and Requiem for the Great White? Together they describe shark biology and behavior (some of it previously unknown, such as hunting in groups) and describe how researchers and conservationists study and protect sharks.

The last section considers the plight of the shark and paints an accurate portrait of this remarkable creature. It also surveys the deadly dangers faced by great white sharks, such as finning and ocean garbage. More than 100 dramatic photographs of sharks fill the book.

Topics include:

  • The role of the great white shark in marine ecosystems
  • Complete survey of great white shark biology and behavior
  • Great white shark attacks
  • Identifying and tagging sharks
  • Shark protection around the world
  • Range map and essential facts
  • Protection legislation
  • Further reading for adults and children, films and internet sites.
  • Four experts -- underwater photographer Frédéric Buyle, oceanographer Catherine Vadon, marine zoologist Michael Scholl, and marine biologist Bernard Séret -- reflect on the future of the species now living on borrowed time.

    Great White Shark is an exciting new chapter in shark research.

    Bio:

    Alexandrine Civard-Racinais is an author and journalist specializing in science. Patrice Héraud is an award-winning underwater photographer, documentary filmmaker, and author. He has specialized in the great white shark since 1990, and in 2003 he created SOS Grand Blanc, dedicated to a population tagging program for large white Australian sharks.

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    Contents

    Foreword
    Preface
    Worldwide Distribution of the Great White Shark
    Identification Criteria

    Portrait of the Great White

    • Efficient Camouflage
    • A Cartilaginous Skeleton
    • A Body Designed for Speed
    • A Warm-Blooded Fish?
    • Non Fluctuat Nec Margitur: It Does Not Float Nor Does It Sink
    • Great White, What Big Teeth you Have!
    • Sophisticated Sensory Organs
    • A Fish That Doesn't Lay Eggs
    • 10 Misconceptions About The Great White Shark
    • Catherine Vadon's Perspective
    Search For The Great White
    • Port Lincoln, Doorway To Adventure
    • Portrait of Rodney Fox
    • A Species and Individuals
    • The Photograph: An Identification Tool
    • Tagging Is Not A Game
    • Two Types of Radio Transmitter
    • A Fish Named . . . Jammie
    • Nicole's Odyssey
    Requiem For The Great White?
    • Great White Attacks: From Myth To Reality
    • Frédéric Buyle's Perspective
    • Man -- The Great White's Predator
    • Putting An End To Finning
    • Strappy: Victim of Human Activity
    • Bernard Séret's Perspective
    • Ecotourism: Is It Saving The Great White?
    • Michael Scholl's Perspective

    Appendix
    To Learn More
    Acknowledgments
    Index