Great White Sharks

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The Great White Shark, Carcharodon carcharias is a marquee predator made famous by movie and myth. This unique text brings together the latest information on both the ecology and the behavior of these remarkable animals. An international team of expert researchers separates fact from fiction on Great Whites and sharks in general.

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The Great White Shark, Carcharodon carcharias is a marquee predator made famous by movie and myth. This unique text brings together the latest information on both the ecology and the behavior of these remarkable animals. An international team of expert researchers separates fact from fiction on Great Whites and sharks in general.

The Great White Shark, Carcharodon carcharias is a marquee predator made famous by movie and myth. This unique text brings together the latest information on both the ecology and the behavior of these remarkable animals. An international team of expert researchers separates fact from fiction on Great Whites and sharks in general.

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Brings together the latest information on the ecology and behavior of great white sharks, covering anatomy, physiology, evolution, distribution, population dynamics, and interactions with humans. Subjects include predatory strategies, using tooth structure to determine evolutionary history, shark-inflicted wounds of sea otters, and residency patterns of sharks near the South Farallon Islands. Includes b&w photos. Based in part on papers from a May 1993 symposium. For researchers and sophisticated enthusiasts. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780124150300
  • Publisher: Elsevier Science & Technology Books
  • Publication date: 10/28/1996
  • Pages: 517
  • Product dimensions: 8.68 (w) x 11.19 (h) x 1.04 (d)

Table of Contents

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Acknowledgments
1 White Shark Research in the Past: A Perspective 3
2 A Plea for White Shark Conservation 5
3 Using Tooth Structure to Determine the Evolutionary History of the White Shark 9
4 The Fossil History of Carcharodon and Its Possible Ancestor, Cretolamna: A Study in Tooth Identification 19
5 Evolutionary Relationships of the White Shark: A Phylogeny of Lamniform Sharks Based on Dental Morphology 37
6 Systematics of the Lamnidae and the Origination Time of Carcharodon carcharias Inferred from the Comparative Analysis of Mitochondrial DNA Sequences 49
7 Size and Skeletal Anatomy of the Giant "Megatooth" Shark Carcharodon megalodon 55
8 Paleoecology of Fossil White Sharks 67
9 Using Allometry to Predict Body Mass from Linear Measurements of the White Shark 81
10 A Review of Length Validation Methods and Protocols to Measure Large White Sharks 91
11 Temperature, Swimming Depth, and Movements of a White Shark at the South Farallon Islands, California 111
12 The Brain and Cranial Nerves of the White Shark: An Evolutionary Perspective 121
13 Reproduction in the Male White Shark 131
14 Pregnant White Sharks and Full-Term Embryos from Japan 139
15 Observations on a Pregnant White Shark with a Review of Reproductive Biology 157
16 The Behavior of White Sharks and Their Pinniped Prey during Predatory Attacks 175
17 Diving Behavior of Elephant Seals: Implications for Predator Avoidance 193
18 Repetitive Aerial Jaw Gaping: A Thwart-Induced Behavior in White Sharks 207
19 White Shark Attacks on Inanimate Objects along the Pacific Coast of North America 217
20 Observations of White Shark Reactions to Unbaited Decoys 223
21 Shape Discrimination and Visual Predatory Tactics in White Sharks 229
22 Tail Slap and Breach: Agonistic Displays among White Sharks? 241
23 Behavior of the White Shark: An Emerging Picture 257
24 White Shark Predation on Four Pinniped Species in Central California Waters: Geographic and Temporal Patterns Inferred from Wounded Carcasses 263
25 Tidal Height and White Shark Predation at the South Farallon Islands, California 275
26 Environmental Factors Affecting the Occurrence and Behavior of White Sharks at the Farallon Islands, California 281
27 White Shark Predation and Scavenging on Cetaceans in the Eastern North Pacific Ocean 293
28 White Shark-Inflicted Wounds of Sea Otters in California, 1968-1992 309
29 Records of White Shark-Bitten Leatherback Sea Turtles along the Central California Coast 317
30 Distribution and Autecology of the White Shark in the Eastern North Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea 321
31 Occurrence of the White Shark along the Brazilian Coast 347
32 Catches of White Sharks in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, and Environmental Influences 351
33 Residency Patterns of White Sharks at the South Farallon Islands, California 365
34 Trends in White Shark Predation at the South Farallon Islands, 1968-1993 375
35 Population Dynamics of White Sharks in South Africa 381
36 First Estimates of Mortality and Population Size on the South African Coast 393
37 Population Dynamics of White Sharks in Spencer Gulf, South Australia 401
38 An Evaluation of Methodologies to Study the Population Biology of White Sharks 415
39 White Shark Attacks in the Eastern Pacific Ocean: An Update and Analysis 419
40 Unprovoked Attacks by White Sharks off the South African Coast 435
41 White Shark Attacks in Australian Waters 449
42 Worldwide Patterns of White Shark Attacks on Humans 457
43 Chemical Repellent Tests on White Sharks, with Comments on Repellent Delivery Methods 471
44 Comments on Means for Avoidance or Deterrence of White Shark Attacks on Humans 477
45 More Rare Than Dangerous: A Case Study of White Shark Conservation in California 481
References 493
Index 515
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