Shark-watching, whether from the shore, from boats or face-to-face on the sea floor, is one of the fastest-growing activities around the world -last year, more than a quarter of a million people had an intentional underwater encounter with a shark. This book provides all the information necessary to plan a shark-watching trip. The first part of ...
Shark-watching, whether from the shore, from boats or face-to-face on the sea floor, is one of the fastest-growing activities around the world -last year, more than a quarter of a million people had an intentional underwater encounter with a shark. This book provides all the information necessary to plan a shark-watching trip. The first part of the book explains the background to shark-watching and descibes how it can be done in an eco-friendly way. It summarises the natural history of sharks, gives the truth about shark attacks, explains how to take good photographs under water and provides detailed, illustrated portraits of the 24 most frequently encountered species. The remainder of the book - a Directory of the world's top shark-watching sites, illustrated with high-quality photographs -provides all the practical information needed to plan your shark-watching trips, from when to go, what facilities and weather to expect to what level of expertise is required. This book will be an essential guide - for those who are already addicted to shark-watching and for anyone tempted to try this exciting and adventurous activity for the first time
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Publishers Weekly, 2002-09-15 Following 2001's Summer of the Shark, when reports of attacks up and down the Eastern seaboard seemed weirdly frequent, this slim volume, a kind of Audubon guide to the deep, comes to clear the water. Zoologist Carwardine and research scientist Watterson compile a bevy of maps, drawings and information-rich essays in a single package for the shark-curious. (Or the shark-serious: to identify a silvertip shark, one presumably must swim quite near him.) Part reference book and part travel guide, the writing at times borders on the dryly academic, with sections devoted to topics such as "Origins and ancestors," and "Shark repellents and protection." The images are generally good, a combination of crisp underwater photography and well-rendered illustrations. A world directory of prime shark-watching locations takes up much of the rest of the page-count. For those so fascinated by the thought of the deep-sea killers that they actually want to confront one, this book will take them far towards achieving that goal. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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