Great White Shark: Myth and Reality
Great White Shark: Myth and Reality
Great White Shark: Myth and Reality Great White Shark: Myth and Reality 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 10/16"
Language code 1: eng
Publication Date: 20120913
Copyright Year: 2012
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Great White Shark: Myth and Reality

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.


Alexandrine Civard-Racinais is a popular-science writer actively involved in environmental issues.

Patrice Héraud is a professional photographer and diving instructor. He has been researching great white sharks for more than 20 years. In 2007 he founded SOS Grand Blanc (SOS Great White), a foundation devoted to the protection of great white and other shark species.

Maud Fontenoy is Spokesperson for UNESCO's Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission and the World Ocean Network.



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

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