The Shark-Watcher's Handbook

The Shark-Watcher's Handbook : A Guide to Sharks and Where to See Them

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Hundreds of thousands of people have an intentional encounter with sharks every year, and shark-watching has become a multi-million dollar business. The ultimate shark-watcher's guide, this comprehensive and ground-breaking book is essential reading for any marine enthusiast who wants to navigate the waters of those who consort with sharks. "The Shark-Watcher's Handbook" covers everything you need to know about sharks and shark watching: the history, techniques, risks and controversies; a thorough overview of shark natural history and biology; the many threats facing sharks and how snorkelers and divers can help; and even how to get good shark photographs, safely. There is also an extensive, fully illustrated directory of the twenty-four species most commonly encountered by shark watchers. Each entry includes important information on natural history, classification, diet, reproduction, behavior and range; and there are special sections on identification, the potential danger to divers and good places for a close encounter.
The book includes the first detailed directory of more than 250 of the world's shark-watching hotspots, with a detailed description of each site and information on everything from the species most likely to be seen and the best time of year to visit to contact details for further information and travel notes. Whether you're a professional diver, someone contemplating your first close encounter with a shark, or the sort of person who prefers to view these extraordinary animals in the pages of a book, "The Shark-Watcher's Handbook" is an attractive, invaluable, and utterly fascinating guide to the underwater world of sharks.
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  • Paperback | 232 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 18.54mm | 624g
  • New Jersey, United States
  • English
  • 60 color photos. 25 color illus. Many color maps.
  • 0691096376
  • 9780691096377
  • 818,581

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"Every diver should have a copy of this book. It's the most comprehensive and best-researched guide to diving and snorkeling with sharks--providing everything you need to know in order to experience some of the most awe-inspiring and breathtaking underwater encounters anywhere in the world."--Graeme Gourlay, Editor in Chief, "Dive"
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Table of contents

1 Shark Diving Chummingand baiting 10 Is shark diving acceptable ecotourism or unacceptable and dangerous exploitation? 11 Planning a shark dive 18 2. How Dangerous are Sharks? The International Shark Attack File 24 How many people are attacked? 24 Why do sharks attack? 25 Where do sharks attack? 27 Shark attacks on divers 29 Dangerous sharks 30 Reducingthe risk 31 Shark repellents and protection 34 Learningfrom an 'inevitable' attack 36 Shark attacks in perspective 37 3. Shark Photography Cameras 40 Lenses 42 Film 44 Exposure 44 Artificial flash 45 Backscatter 46 Get close... and then get even closer 47 Composition 47 Safety 48 4. The World of Sharks Origins and ancestors 51 Classification of sharks 54 The perfect body 58 Sensing the environment 60 The ultimate predator 65 Making more sharks 69 Shark research 73 5. Shark Conservation Shark finning 80 Shark skin, meat, liver oil, cartilage and other products 85 How divers can help 87 6. Shark Directory Shark identification 89 Naming the parts of a shark 91 Sand tiger shark 92 Thresher sharks 94 Baskingshark 96 Shortfin mako shark 98 Great white shark l00 Scalloped hammerhead shark 102 Great hammerhead shark 104 Caribbean reef shark 106 Oceanic whitetip shark 108 Silky shark 110 Dusky shark 112 Galapagos shark 114 Grey reef shark 116 Silvertip shark 118 Blacktip reef shark 120 Bull shark 122 Bronze whaler shark 124 Lemon shark 126 Tiger shark 128 Whitetipreef shark 130 Blue shark 132 Whale shark 134 Nurse shark 136 Zebra shark 138 7. Directory of Shark-watching Sites Maps 142-53 Introduction 154 North America and Mexico 155 Central and South America 175 The Bahamas and the Caribbean 187 Europe 202 East and Southern Africa 205 North Africa and the Middle East 214 Asia 221 Mauritius 234 The Seychelles 235 The Maldives 238 Australasia 248 Pacific Islands 268
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"Every diver should have a copy of this book. It's the most comprehensive and best-researched guide to diving and snorkeling with sharks--providing everything you need to know in order to experience some of the most awe-inspiring and breathtaking underwater encounters anywhere in the world."--Graeme Gourlay, Editor in Chief, Dive
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About Mark Carwardine

Mark Carwardine is a zoologist, writer, photographer, and broadcaster. He is the author of "Last Chance to See" and "The Guinness Book of Animal Records". Ken Watterson is a research scientist and Churchill Fellow, and founder of the Basking Shark Society.
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