Shark: A Photographer's Story

Shark: A Photographer's Story

by Jeremy Stafford Deitsch, Sierra Club Staff
     
 

Sharks ... evil and primitive creatures charging from the depths to attack their prey with savage ferocity, or beautiful and efficient predators? It is difficult to separate the popular myths from the truth about sharks because, quite simply, there are still considerable gaps in our knowledge of how they live.

In Shark: A Photographer's Story, Jeremy

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Sharks ... evil and primitive creatures charging from the depths to attack their prey with savage ferocity, or beautiful and efficient predators? It is difficult to separate the popular myths from the truth about sharks because, quite simply, there are still considerable gaps in our knowledge of how they live.

In Shark: A Photographer's Story, Jeremy Stafford-Deitsch helps to fill some of these gaps. He presents here the results of three years' dedicated effort to record the appearance and natural behavior of as many different shark species as possible. To photograph sharks in their natural environment he journeyed from the coral atolls of the Red Sea and the South Pacific, to the vast open ocean off Hawaii and the Californian coast, and then on to Florida and the warm tropical waters of the Bahamas.

His story is an exciting blend of travel narrative and natural history, and we share the full range of his feelings as he encounters his quarry ... exhilaration as a massive, rarely photographed whale shark passes slowly overhead like a spaceship, and sudden horror at the realization that the frenzied gestures of a grey reef shark are the final stages of a serious threat display. He swims with oceanic whitetips escorting a school of pilot whales, joins a huge group of shoaling hammerheads, and photographs feeding great whites at extremely close quarters.

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ISBN-13:
9780871567765
Publisher:
Random House, Incorporated
Publication date:
09/12/1987
Pages:
200

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