The Jaws of Death: Sharks As Predator, Man As Prey

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Biggest of all fish and the best-equipped for hunting, sharks live in every ocean. They are threatened by no natural predator except the killer whale. Built like torpedoes, they possess an extraordinary physiology that includes eight incredibly developed sensory organs and a set of jaws whose extensibility, power, and teeth are unrivaled in the animal kingdom. Their tenacity for staying alive is impressive. Gaffed, shot, harpooned, and ripped open, they are still capable of moving about and tearing apart their ...
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Biggest of all fish and the best-equipped for hunting, sharks live in every ocean. They are threatened by no natural predator except the killer whale. Built like torpedoes, they possess an extraordinary physiology that includes eight incredibly developed sensory organs and a set of jaws whose extensibility, power, and teeth are unrivaled in the animal kingdom. Their tenacity for staying alive is impressive. Gaffed, shot, harpooned, and ripped open, they are still capable of moving about and tearing apart their victims. And they have existed unchanged for 350 million years.Little wonder why sharks are the stuff of movies, books, and nightmares. Little wonder that through the fear that surrounds them, fact has been confused with fiction.The Jaws of Death is a book that documents the truth about sharks and - through the examination of case histories - about gruesome shark attacks on man. Also read about how sharks are essential to the equilibrium of the marine biotope and how sharks are the only animals that have undergone virtually no evolutionary changes in millions of years. Learn about the fascinating history and physiology of sharks, and discover the many uses of sharks in science and medicine.Other species are included as well: Is the viciousness of the piranha myth or reality? And what of the killer whale and crocodiles? And are barracudas innocent animals unjustly accused - or are they, too, jaws of death? (6 X 9, 352 pages, color photos, maps, illustrations, diagrams)
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  • ISBN-13: 9781585743193
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/1/1901
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.99 (h) x 0.91 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface 9
Acknowledgements 11
Introduction 13
1. Statistics Versus Myths
Total numbers 15
Preconceived ideas 17
2. An Historical Account
Devil sharks and god sharks 23
From myth to symbol 28
The reasons for fascination 30
Sharks and the media 32
A chapter of history 35
3. An Extraordinary Machine
Devilish jaws 45
A flawless set of teeth 45
Sequences of a bite 48
Feeding, appetite and digestion 49
Exceptional sensory organs 55
Hearing 56
Smell 57
The lateral line 60
The pit organs: "taste buds" on the back 62
An extraordinary eyesight 64
The visual system of the Great White Shark 69
The ampullae of Lorenzini: a unique organ 70
Hydrodynamics and performance 74
An organism for hydrodynamism 75
A predator with two gears 81
Variations and adaptations 81
Respiration 83
4. Peculiarities and Curiosities
The "Great White Death" 87
Innocent giants 89
The Tiger Shark: the "hyena of the seas" 91
Display swimming of the Grey Reef Shark 92
Motivation for an attack 98
The markings of the Oceanic White-tip: lure or identity badge? 101
Attacking nuclear submarines 102
The shark's companions 103
5. Attacks: Instructive Dramas
Accursed places 107
Shipwrecks: sites of unsuspected carnage 115
Boats are not always safe from attack 131
Determined attacks 137
Remarkable attacks 144
Courageous victims 146
Heroic rescuers 148
A painless torture 153
Post-mortem of an attack 155
Some impossible statistics 159
Preventive measures against sharks 163
Prevention through education 164
Prevention through facilities 171
Passive on-the-spot protection 178
Aggressive on-the-spot protection 183
Conclusion 186
6. Fact and Speculation
Captivity and adaptability 189
The shark's brain 191
Reproduction and maturation 192
Reproduction 192
Maturation 196
Social behaviour and ecology of sharks 196
Theories of evolution and the shark 198
7. 1001 Uses of a Shark
The shark as police-informer 201
The shark as alibi 206
Ecology and the fishing industry 209
The shark as a game fish 214
Shark cuisine 220
The shark memento 221
Sharkskin 222
The shark in pharmacy and in surgery 223
The shark and the cinema 223
The shark virility test 224
8. The Other Jaws of Death
Piranhas: myth or reality? 227
The Killer Whale 229
Crocodiles: fearsome predators 230
Elementary precautions 235
Barracudas: innocent animals unjustly accused 236
9. Directory 239
Glossary 315
Bibliography 317
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 1, 2005

    Interesting and Incredible!

    This book is absolutely perfect for people who want to learn the truth about sharks as it sifts through all the factual and fictional information known about these mysterious creatures. Not limited to basic knowledge, this book will tell you everything you ever wanted to know about sharks...and didn't! I've looked a long time for something this factual and complete. If you're like me, here it is! You won't find a shark book more worth your money. It's definitely geared more for adults, though. I wouldn't recommend it for very young readers.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 31, 2001

    The Jaws of Death

    I must say that The Jaws of Death is one of the best books I have ever read on sharks. I may be only 15 years old, but people my age tend to get bored reading, and Maniguet kept my attention throughout the entire book. Not only does it have actual accounts of many, many shark attacks, but it has biological information on sharks' personalities, their bodies, etc. I'm not finished finding information on these amazing creatures, so I hope there is another book out there as good as this one!

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