Sharks

Sharks

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By (author) Michael Bright

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  • Publisher: The Natural History Museum
  • Format: Paperback | 128 pages
  • Dimensions: 192mm x 253mm x 10mm | 450g
  • Publication date: 6 October 2011
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0565092898
  • ISBN 13: 9780565092894
  • Edition statement: Revised and reformatted ed with the latest research, new images and up-to-date text
  • Illustrations note: Over 100 colour photographs
  • Sales rank: 1,174,355

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Since people have been going to sea they have been in awe of sharks. Worshipped by ancient civilisations, reviled by seafarers and in more recent years, closely studied by marine biologists, sharks are the product of over 450 million years of evolution, honed to perfection as some of the sea's most sophisticated predators. Their formidable jaws and teeth seem to invoke in us an irrational fear that turns any shark attack into front-page news worldwide. Yet their powerful, streamlined bodies are also an inspiration to ship and submarine designers and their immune system may hold the key to fighting human diseases. Presenting the latest findings from international shark reserchers, Sharks is an engaging introduction to these near-perfect predators. It describes the broad range of living sharks, explores their biology and behaviour, and dispels the myths. Illustrated with over 100 of the best shark images from around the world, Sharks reveals these creatures to be far more than just mindless, killing machines. Revised and reformatted with the latest research, new images and up-to-date text, this is a comprehensive introduction to sharks and their biology and behaviour.

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Michael Bright recently retired as executive producer with the BBC Natural History Unit and is now a freelance author and scriptwriter. He was a recipient of the prestigious Prix Italia for the programme Men, Nations and Whales: will the bloody story ever end?, and is the author of over 90 books on natural history, natural sciences, conservation and the environment.