Shark Almanac : A Fully Illustrated Natural History of Sharks, Skates and Rays
A look at a magnificent and misunderstood creature. Sharks have a reputation of being the most feared creatures of the sea, and in this study, we learn the myths and facts of these fascinating animals - and that they aren't as deadly as they seem. Of the more than 850 shark species, 80 percent either would not hurt people, or would rarely encounter them. Thomas Allen takes us through the evolution of the shark, its folklore, and its commercial uses, and gives us a detailed look at shark attacks - where they happen, why, and how to protect yourself from them. He describes over 100 shark species - their behaviour, appearance, size and distribution - and provides scientific illustrations. There is information on scientific research (including studies on shark cartilage in cancer research), current population findings, and continuing conservation efforts. The volume is illustrated with colour photographs of familiar and unusual sharks, fact-filled sidebars, and appendices.
- Paperback | 274 pages
- 203.7 x 251.5 x 18.5mm | 721.22g
- 01 May 2003
- ROWMAN & LITTLEFIELD
- The Lyons Press
- Guilford, United States
- First ed.
- colour & b&w photographs, illustrations
About Thomas B. Allen
Thomas B. Allen was formerly on the staff of National Geographic magazine, to which he continues to contribute. He also authored the highly acclaimed Shadows in the Sea. He lives in Bethesda, Maryland.