Face to Face with Sharks

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It is man’s greatest fear—being eaten alive. And diving down here in the depths, the streamlined shark holds every advantage. How close do you want to get?

Acclaimed underwater photographer David Doubilet takes you deep into their dangerous realm. Yet he points out that it is we who are the killers! Our fear and ignorance puts this diverse family of fish in great danger. Let David teach you about sharks’ complex nature, and about how you can ...

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Overview

It is man’s greatest fear—being eaten alive. And diving down here in the depths, the streamlined shark holds every advantage. How close do you want to get?

Acclaimed underwater photographer David Doubilet takes you deep into their dangerous realm. Yet he points out that it is we who are the killers! Our fear and ignorance puts this diverse family of fish in great danger. Let David teach you about sharks’ complex nature, and about how you can help to save the shark.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Judy Crowder
David Doubilet first saw and photographed a shark when he was thirteen, and the fish was bigger than he was. Jennifer Hays first encountered a shark when she watched a fisherman with a hammerhead. Since then, the two authors knew they wanted to study and photograph these ocean predators. Now working for National Geographic, these two authors have put together a visually stunning book packed with remarkable pictures plus well-written text about these amazing fish. They answer most commonly asked questions: what about those hundreds of shark teeth; are sharks truly dangerous to humans or are humans the greater danger, and how to avoid a shark attack, among others. Then the text goes further to include shark physiology, reproduction, and predator-prey interactions, as well as the huge diversity of these ocean dwellers: size, live birth or eggs, shape, habitat, and so on. Most interesting is the first-hand description of their day photographing great whites from inside a steel cage. What sets this apart from most shark books is the number of pages spent on shark conservation. Humans kill 100 million sharks a year, from harvesting the fins only and leaving the sharks to die, to catching them as bycatch in long-line fishing, to selling threatened or endangered species in Asian fish markets. The book includes suggestions to young readers about how they can help. Also featured are pages of "Facts at a Glance," a glossary, lists of books and web sites, plus an index. Reviewer: Judy Crowder
Kirkus Reviews
The gaping mouth of a great white shark on the cover reveals the nature and strength of this latest entry in National Geographic's Face to Face series: striking color photographs of sharks of all kinds. The authors, experienced underwater photographers, describe some of their personal close encounters, offer an overview of sharks in general, family variation and issues in shark conservation. Well-reproduced images range from an attacking great white (shown through the bars of the photographer's protective cage) to a newborn lemon-shark pup still attached to its mother and schools of sharks in the Bahamas and the Caribbean. Cutlines identify species and location for the sharks (and, occasionally, their prey) pictured. Sidebars add information: how to avoid shark attacks, sharks' toothy skin, their camouflage. Like others in this series, the end matter includes sections on how readers can help, ways they might learn more and two pages of facts at a glance including a map that serves as a second index. More sensation than information, this is sure to appeal. (glossary, further resources, index, notes) (Nonfiction. 7-10)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781426304040
  • Publisher: National Geographic Society
  • Publication date: 2/10/2009
  • Series: Face to Face with Animals Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 478,513
  • Age range: 6 - 9 Years
  • Lexile: 940L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 10.10 (w) x 10.20 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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