Shark Trouble

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Master storyteller Peter Benchley combines high adventure with practical information in Shark Trouble, a book that is at once a thriller and a valuable guide to being safe in, on, under, and around the sea. The bestselling author of Jaws, The Deep, and other works draws on more than three decades of experience to share information about sharks and other marine animals.

“Shark attacks on human beings generate a tremendous amount of media coverage,” Benchley writes, “partly because they occur so rarely, but mostly,...

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Overview

Master storyteller Peter Benchley combines high adventure with practical information in Shark Trouble, a book that is at once a thriller and a valuable guide to being safe in, on, under, and around the sea. The bestselling author of Jaws, The Deep, and other works draws on more than three decades of experience to share information about sharks and other marine animals.

“Shark attacks on human beings generate a tremendous amount of media coverage,” Benchley writes, “partly because they occur so rarely, but mostly, I think, because people are, and always have been, simultaneously intrigued and terrified by sharks. Sharks come from a wing of the dark castle where our nightmares live—deep water beyond our sight and understanding—and so they stimulate our fears and fantasies and imaginations.”

Benchley describes the many types of sharks (including the ones that pose a genuine threat to man), what is and isn’t known about shark behavior, the odds against an attack and how to reduce them even further—all reinforced with the lessons he has learned, the mistakes he has made, and the personal perils he has encountered while producing television documentaries, bestselling novels, and articles about the sea and its inhabitants. He tells how to swim safely in the ocean, how to read the tides and currents, what behavior to avoid, and how to survive when danger suddenly strikes. He discusses how to tell children about sharks and the sea and how to develop, in young and old alike, a healthy respect for the ocean.

As Benchley says, “The ocean is the only alien and potentially hostile environment on the planet into which we tend to venture without thinking about the animals that live there, how they behave, how they support themselves, and how they perceive us. I know of no one who would set off into the jungles of Malaysia armed only with a bathing suit, a tube of suntan cream, and a book, and yet that’s precisely how we approach the oceans.”

No longer. Not after you’ve read Shark Trouble.

From the Hardcover edition.

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Editorial Reviews

From Barnes & Noble
That's right: Jaws author Peter Benchley has written a nonfiction book about sharks! Apprehensive that not even his terrifying novel has convinced us to be safe in the water, Benchley splices together real-life shark attack stories and practical advice about how to stay safe in the surf. Not neglecting other sea monsters, Benchley explains how to avoid encounters and how to handle them if they do occur.
From the Publisher
Praise for Peter Benchley

“Benchley is a master.” —Chicago Tribune

“Benchley’s a fine, smooth writer, taut of technique,
inventive of language.” —The Washington Post, about Beast

“Benchley’s pacing is irresistible. His descriptions of complex action, machinery and marine life are as colorful and vivid as a tropical reef before pollution set in.”
—The New York Times, about White Shark

From the Hardcover edition.

KLIATT
In this offspring of Benchley's 1974 novel, Jaws, he states he would not have written that book knowing what he now knows about sharks. This book is full of personal experience and anecdotal evidence to impress upon his readers the wonder and mystery of the undersea world. Advice about how to swim in the ocean and how to prevent unwanted encounters with the dangerous creatures of the deep is interspersed with accounts of close encounters with these very creatures occurring on his diving excursions for The American Sportsman television show and National Geographic writing assignments. It sets the record straight with supporting statistics about the media-hyped shark attacks in the summer of 2001. This would be a valuable tool to get junior high and high school boys involved in a little more demanding reading on a subject they find interesting. There are 16 pages of b/w photographs, mainly of sharks and the filming of the movie, Jaws. Benchley dispels a large number of myths commonly believed about sharks and advocates for their preservation. The book includes a short story about a fishing village that illustrates the ocean ecosystem and how it relates to humans who depend on it for their livelihood. It includes information on moray eels, killer whales, barracudas, rays, squid, and other sea creatures to "avoid" and "respect." Fast, informative and entertaining reading. KLIATT Codes: JSA;Recommended for junior and senior high school students, advanced students, and adults. 2002, Random House, 186p. illus.,
— Ann Hart
Library Journal
Last summer, the media fueled a shark attack scare when in fact the number of incidents was below average. This year seems primed to be the "Summer of the Shark Book," in which authors interested in the predatory fish capitalize on last summer's hype just in time for this summer's beach crowd. Shark is an anthology of excerpts from previously published books and articles, including Peter Benchley's Jaws, Eugenie Clark's Lady with a Spear, Ernest Hemingway's The Old Man and the Sea, and Jean-Michel Cousteau's Cousteau's Great White Shark. The only apparent common thread is that the selections feature people being attacked by sharks or sharks being attacked by people. The fact that this is part of the "Adrenaline Book" series is a good clue as to the nature of this volume. Benchley's Shark Trouble is intended more as an argument against the hype than more fuel for it. The author's introduction emphasizes how much has been learned since he wrote Jaws in 1974 and that sharks, including the most fearsome ones, are in much more danger from humans than humans from sharks. A chapter called "The Summer of Hype" sets the record straight on last year's media hysteria. Other chapters discuss the real dangers of swimming in the ocean (e.g., tides, rips, and other currents) and how to avoid getting caught. Some personal shark anecdotes add excitement as well. Benchley's solid and informative book is recommended for public and school libraries, especially where there is an interest in the ocean and scuba diving. Shark is not recommended; libraries would do better to purchase the publications that it highlights, plus a few other classic shark books, such as Thomas H. Lineaweaver's The Natural History of the Shark. [John A. Musick and Beverly McMillan's The Shark Chronicles: A Scientist Tracks the Consummate Predator is coming in September from Holt. Ed.] Margaret A. Rioux, MBL/WHOI Lib., Woods Hole Oceanographic Inst., MA Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
From Benchley (White Shark), a compendium of shark facts, tales, and personal encounters that feels as insightful and trustworthy as anything ever uttered in Jaws. Benchley has done as much as anyone to give sharks a dose of menace, so it's only fitting that he should put together this account in hopes of shedding light on shark behavior while also giving suggestions about how to minimize chances of trouble—or, if desired, maximize chances of seeing. Benchley explains that every time you enter the ocean, you are entering shark territory and may be regarded as fair game—though, in fact, sharks are happier shredding a seal or sea lion, whose return on energy expended in attacking and eating are much greater (humans are too bony and protein deficient). The author catalogues sensible do's and don'ts—don't swim near seal and sea lion colonies; don't swim at dawn, dusk, or night, when sharks move into the shallows; don't swim alone or in turbid water; don't wear shiny jewelry or make erratic movements. Many of Benchley's personal stories are drawn from scuba dives, and there's plenty of advice about how to dive safely—being good, for example, at recognizing territorial displays. Curios-sharks with the face of a pig, others that can fit in the palm of your hand-make these creatures appear as strange and vulnerable as the rest of us, while at the same time (would it be Benchley otherwise?) scary creatures abound, from sea wasps and sea snakes, marauding groupers and bluefish, on to man-eating sharks: great eating-machines, more ferocious than any Bengal tiger. Consider the dazzling speed of the mako: "a gray ghost in the distance one second, right in front of you the next, gone the next, back again the next." If you're looking for an antidote to being spooked by Jaws, there's information here to provide it. But there's just as much to spook you anew.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780812966336
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 6/10/2003
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 965,090
  • Product dimensions: 5.15 (w) x 8.01 (h) x 0.47 (d)

Meet the Author

After graduating from Harvard, Peter Benchley worked as a reporter for The Washington Post, then as an editor at Newsweek and a speechwriter in the White House. His novel Jaws was published in 1974, followed by The Deep, The Island, The Girl of the Sea of Cortez, Q Clearance, Rummies, and Beast, among others. He has written screenplays for three of his novels, and his articles and essays have appeared in such publications as National Geographic and The New York Times. He has written, narrated, and appeared in dozens of television documentaries. He is a member of the national council of Environmental Defense and is a spokesman for its Oceans Program.

From the Hardcover edition.

Biography

With the 1974 publication of Jaws, the story of a man-, woman-, and child-eating shark that terrorizes a seaside community, Peter Benchley left an indelible imprint on the collective American psyche. Who would ever want to go into the water again?

But there's little the reading public likes better than a good scare (remember Ira Levin's Rosemary's Baby? Or how about Thomas Harris's The Silence of the Lambs?), and with Jaws, his first novel, Benchley got all the elements just right: There was a predator; there was plenty of suspense; and, oh yes, plenty of gore, too. The book, a perfect summer beach read, was wildly successful and spent 40 weeks on The New York Times bestseller list. Benchley admitted that the book had little basis in scientific fact (at the time, almost nobody had any firsthand experience with great whites), but as a former newspaper reporter, he had impeccable instincts for a good yarn. He followed Jaws with two more terrifying deep-sea adventure novels, The Deep and The Island.

In 1982, Benchley published The Girl of the Sea of Cortez, a lovely, idyllic, and notably scare-free novel that received mixed reviews. "This reader yearned for more conflict," wrote a critic for the Los Angeles Times Book Review, "more 'and then what happened?' After a few more forays into traditional fiction, the author returned to his forté in bestselling thrillers like Beast, White Shark, and Creature.

Aware in his later years of the fragility of the species, Benchley became a staunch defender of the great white shark, penning several works of nonfiction about these endangered predators and actively advocating for ocean conservation. He died on Feburary 11, 2006, from pulmonary fibrosis, but his legacy continues with the Peter Benchley Shark Conservation Award, given annually for outstanding contributions to shark conservation.

Good To Know

Benchley was a speechwriter for Lyndon Johnson during the first two years of his administration (1967-69).

In 1999, Benchley turned his attention to writing and developing a short-lived syndicated series about plane crash survivors in the jungle, Amazon, starring Carol Alt and C. Thomas Howell.

Benchley's novels have inspired several movies and teleplays, and the author had a hand in some of them -- sometimes as an actor. He was a TV interviewer in Jaws, played bit parts in other films, and appeared onscreen as an interviewee in E!'s True Hollywood Story about the making of Jaws.

Benchley was the grandson of Robert Benchley, the famous humorist and member of the Algonquin Round Table.

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    1. Date of Birth:
      May 8, 1940
    2. Place of Birth:
      New York, New York
    1. Date of Death:
      February 12, 2006
    2. Place of Death:
      Princeton, New Jersey
    1. Education:
      Phillips Exeter Academy; B.A. in English, Harvard University, 1961

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1
South Australia, 1974
Swimming with Nightmares

Let's start with a story about sharks: Dangerous Reef, in the Neptunes Islands, 1974.

Blinded by blood, nauseated by the taste of fish guts, whale oil, and putrid horse flesh, I gripped the aluminum bars of the shark cage to steady myself against the violent, erratic jolts as the cage was tossed by the choppy sea. A couple of feet above, the surface was a prism that scattered rays of gray from the overcast sky; below, the bottom was a dim plain of sand sparsely covered with strands of waving grass.

The water was cold, a spill from the chill Southern Ocean that traversed the bottom of the world, and my core body heat was dropping; it could no longer warm the seepage penetrating my neoprene wetsuit. I shivered, and my teeth chattered against the rubber mouthpiece of my regulator.

Happy now? I thought to myself. Ten thousand miles you flew, for the privilege of freezing to death in a sea of stinking chum.

I envisioned the people on the boat above, warmed by sunlight and cups of steaming tea, cozy in their woolen sweaters: my wife, Wendy; the film crew from ABC-TV's American Sportsman; the boat crew and their leader, Rodney Fox, the world's most celebrated shark-attack survivor.

I thought of the animal I was there to see: the great white shark, largest of all the carnivorous fish in the sea. Rarely had it been seen under water; rarer still were motion pictures of great whites in the wild.

And I thought of why I was bobbing alone in a flimsy cage in the frigid sea: I had written a novel about that shark, and had called it Jaws, and when it had unexpectedly become a popular success, a television producer had challenged me to go diving with the monster of my imagination. How could I say no?

Now, though, I wondered how I could have said yes.

Visibility was poor--ten feet? Twenty? It was impossible to gauge because nothing moved against the walls of blue gloom surrounding me. I turned, slowly, trying to see in all directions at once, peering over, under, beside the clouds of blood that billowed vividly against the blue green water.

I had expected to find silence under water, but my breath roared, like wind in a tunnel, as I inhaled through my regulator, and my exhales gurgled noisily, like bubbles being blown through a straw in a drink. Waves slapped against the loose-fitting top hatch of the cage, the welded joints creaked with every torque and twist, and when the rope that tethered the cage to the boat drew taut, there was a thudding, straining noise and the clank of the steel ring scraping against its anchor plate.

Then I saw movement. Something was moving against the blue. Something dark. It was there and gone and there again, not moving laterally, as I'd thought it would, not circling, but coming straight at me, slowly, deliberately, unhurried, emerging from the mist.

I stopped breathing--not intentionally but reflexively, as if by suspending my breath I could suspend all animation--and I heard my pulse hammering in my ears. I wasn't afraid, exactly; I had been afraid, before, on the boat, but by now I had passed through fear into a realm of excitement and something like shocked disbelief.

There it is! Feel the pressure in the water as the body moves through it. The size of it! My God, the size!

The animal kept coming, and now I could see all of it: the pointed snout, the steel gray upper body in stark contrast with the ghostly white undercarriage, the symmetry of the pectoral fins, the awful knife blade of the dorsal fin, the powerful, deliberate back-and-forth of the scythelike tail fin that propelled the enormous body toward me, steadily, inexorably, as if it had no need for speed, for it knew it could not be stopped.

It did not slow, did not hesitate. Its black eyes registered neither interest nor excitement. As it drew within a few feet of me, it opened its mouth and I saw, first, the lower jaw crowded with jagged, needle-pointed teeth, and then--as the upper jaw detached from the skull and dropped downward--the huge, triangular cutting teeth, each side serrated like a saw blade.

The great white's mouth opened wider and wider, until it seemed it would engulf the entire cage, and me within it. Transfixed, I stared into the huge pink-and-white cavern that narrowed into a black hole, the gullet. I could see rows and rows of spare teeth buried in the gum tissue, each tooth a holstered weapon waiting to be summoned forward to replace a tooth lost in battle. Far back on each side of the massive head, gill flaps fluttered open and shut, admitting flickering rays of light.

A millisecond before the mouth would have collided with the cage, the great white bit down, rammed forward by a sudden thrust of its powerful tail. The upper teeth struck first, four inches from my face, scraping noisily--horribly--against the aluminum bars. Then the lower teeth gnashed quickly, as if seeking something solid in which to sink.

I shrank back, stumbling, as if through molasses, until I could cringe in relative safety in a far corner of the cage.

My brain shouted, You...you of all people, ought to know: HUMAN BEINGS DO NOT BELONG IN THE WATER WITH GREAT WHITE SHARKS!

The shark withdrew, then quickly bit the cage again, and again, and not till the third or fourth bite did I realize that there was something desultory about the attack. It seemed less an assault than an exploration, a testing. A tasting.

Then the shark turned, showing its flank, and by instinct I crept forward and extended my hand between the bars to feel its skin. Hard, it felt, and solid, a torpedo of muscle, sleek and polished like steel. I let my fingers trail along with the movement of the animal. But when I rubbed the other way, against the grain, I felt the legendary sandpaper texture, the harsh abrasiveness of the skin's construction: millions upon millions of minuscule toothlike particles, the dermal denticles.

The shark was moving away, upward; it had found a hunk of quartered horse, probably ten pounds, possibly twenty, dangling in the chum. The shark's mouth opened and--in a split-second mechanical replay of the bite on the cage--it swallowed the chunk of horse whole. Its gullet bulged once as the meat and bone passed through on its way to the gut.

Tantalized now, the shark turned again in search of something more to eat. It bit randomly, gaping and snapping as if hoping that the next bite, or the next, would prove fruitful.

I saw a length of rope drift into its gaping mouth: the lifeline, I realized, the only connection between the cage and the boat.

Drift out again. Don't get caught. Not in the mouth. Please.

The great white's mouth closed and opened, closed and opened; the shark shook its head, trying to rid itself of the rope. But the rope was stuck.

In a fraction of a second, I saw that the rope had snagged between two--perhaps three or four--of the shark's teeth.

At that instant, neurons and synapses in the shark's small, primitive brain must have connected and sent a message of alarm, of entrapment, for suddenly the shark seemed to panic. Instinct commandeered its tremendous strength and great weight--at least a ton, I knew, spread over the animal's fourteen-foot length--and detonated an explosion of frenzied thrashing.

The shark's tail whipped one way and its head the other; its body slammed against the cage, against the boat, between the cage and the boat. I was upside down, then on my side, then bashed against the side of the boat. There was no up and no down for me, only a burst of bubbles amid a cloud of blood and shreds of flesh from the chum and the butchered horse.

What are they doing up there? Don't they see what's going on down here? Why doesn't somebody do something?

For a second I saw the shark's head and the rope that had disappeared into its mouth--and that's the last thing I remember seeing for a long, long time. For when the shark's tail bashed the cage again, the cage slid down four or five feet and swung into the darkness beneath the boat.

I knew what would happen next; I had heard of it happening once before: the shark's teeth would sever the rope. My survival would depend on precisely where the rope was severed. If the shark found itself free of the cage, it would flee, leaving the cage to drift away and, perhaps, sink. Someone from the boat would get a line to me. Eventually.

But if the rope stayed caught in the shark's mouth, the animal might drag the cage to the bottom, fifty feet away, and beat it to pieces. If I were to have a chance of surviving, I would have to find the rope, grab it, and cut it, all while being tumbled about like dice in a cup.

I reached for the knife in the rubber sheath strapped to my leg.

This isn't really happening. It can't be! I'm just a writer! I write fiction!

It was happening, though, and somewhere in the chaos of my beleaguered brain I appreciated the irony.

How many other writers, I wondered, have had the privilege of writing the story that foretells their own grisly demise?

From the Hardcover edition.

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Table of Contents

Preface: Aliens in the Sea
1 South Australia, 1974: Swimming with Nightmares 3
2 2001: The Summer of Hype 9
3 Sharks: How Little We Know 16
4 South Australia, 1974: Part II 22
5 Jaws 32
6 South Australia, 1974: Part III 42
7 Six Dangerous Sharks 51
The Great White 51
Tiger Sharks 54
Bull Sharks 56
Oceanic Whitetips 57
Makos and Blue Sharks 65
Any Shark Can Ruin Your Day 67
8 Swimming Safely in the Sea 69
Ocean Water Is Always Moving 72
You Cannot Swim Against a Strong Current 73
Undertow 74
Runout or Sea Puss 74
Rip 76
Drownproofing: A Survival Technique 80
9 How to Avoid Shark Attack 83
10 What to Do When Good Dives Go Bad 90
11 You Say You Want to Dive with Sharks? 100
12 Teach Your Children Well: Some Sharks Facts and a Story 109
The Day All the Sharks Died 114
13 Dangerous to Man? Moray Eels, Killer Whales, Barracudas, and Other Creatures We Fear 127
Moray Eels 128
Killer Whales (Orcas) 136
Poisonous Animals 141
Barracudas 144
Rays 147
Squid - Giant and Otherwise 154
14 Even More Creatures to Avoid ... and Respect 164
15 Okay, So What Can We Do? 177
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Interviews & Essays

Peter Benchley Goes on the Attack for Sharks

Jaws author Peter Benchley speaks up for a misunderstood beast in Shark Trouble. Science & Nature editor Laura Wood shares her email conversation with the author.

Barnes & Noble.com: As you can imagine, I have read an untold number of nonfiction science books, and I can say that your novel-writing skills certainly made the subject come alive. Was writing this nonfiction book a different kind of experience for you, or are the same principles at work?

Peter Benchley: It was both at once. When I was telling the stories about experiences I've had, things that have happened to me, encounters with sharks, I found myself constructing the tales as if they were part of a novel: emphasizing the suspense, directing the peaks and valleys so as to maintain reader interest, et cetera. At the same time, however, I had to restrain my fictional impulse, so as not to warp the truth. My training in journalism helped a lot. I recalled many of the basic lessons I learned at Newsweek and The Washington Post years ago and have kept fresh by writing for National Geographic magazine, among others: Write tightly, write clearly, write a lead that involves the reader, and stick to the facts.

B&N.com: As you point out, sharks fascinate people because they are one of a handful of large predators left on the planet. As terrifying as they might be, the sad fact today is that we are much more of a threat to them than they are to us. From your book it seems like you came around to a conservation point of view after the success of Jaws, when you were the "talent" for various underwater documentaries.

PB: When I was writing Jaws (30 years ago! ye gods!), my -- and the world's -- environmental sensibility had barely been born. Earth Day was only a year old. Most people still believed that the oceans were eternal and invincible, immune to anything man could possibly do to them. And very few people knew anything about sharks, especially great white sharks. There was so little literature on them, and so few people had any experience with them, that, for research, I relied heavily on the superb 1971 documentary film Blue Water, White Death and the book that accompanied it, Peter Matthiessen's Blue Meridian.

The success of Jaws led to invitations to do television shows, especially for ABC's legendary American Sportsman series, and those shows gave me the opportunity to learn enormous amounts about the oceans and their inhabitants. The more I came to know, the more sensitized I became to the problems in the seas. I was able to work at the side of great scientists and ocean conservationists like Dr. Sylvia Earle and Dr. Eugenie Clark (the celebrated "shark lady"). We became friends and, to this day, we work together on conservation projects. I quickly grew to regard sharks and the sea with great respect rather than fear, and that respect, in turn, let me to immerse myself in conservation issues. Today I'm on the National Board of Environmental Defense and am a spokesman for other marine-oriented organizations.

B&N.com: I liked the way you described the public's attitude toward the ocean. As you said, no one would wander into the Amazon with nothing but a bathing suit and suntan lotion, yet the ocean is really a wilderness. For the most part, are the people you talk with ready to change their attitudes?

PB: I've always been amazed at how little guidance the public is given about ocean safety. The Red Cross, of course, has always offered water-safety programs, but relatively few people (compared to the number who venture into the sea, that is) take advantage of them. This is due partly, I think, to our resistance to recognizing the sea as the great and untamed wilderness it is. The sea is right there, in our backyard, and it doesn't occur to us that there could be any peril in plunging into it. One of the most astonishing facts I came across while doing research for Shark Trouble is that more than 80 percent of all living things on earth live in the sea. And they all, naturally, have to eat.

A primary reason I wrote the book was to incorporate as much helpful information as I could in one accessible place, so that people who want to know about anything from drown-proofing to shark attacks can find basic knowledge, at least, in a single source. A lot of people who have heard about the book have shared your reaction: "Why haven't I heard this stuff before?"

B&N.com: Earth without wild animals would lack something vital. However, if humans are going to share the planet with any wild animals then we must understand that they have their own agendas and act accordingly. Then there is the gray area where wild animals have learned that we will provide them with something they want -- a pact that must not be broken. Your story about your son and the moray eel was a sad commentary on how we put these animals into a situation where a misunderstanding is inevitable and they will be the losers. Do you see this becoming even more of a problem in the near future?

PB: Yes. As more and more people interact with marine animals, misunderstandings will be inevitable. Any time a human has intentional contact with a wild animal -- be it a lion, a bear, a dolphin or a shark -- he or she is taking a calculated risk. The more you know, of course, the better your calculations can be, but there will always be mistakes.

B&N.com: It seems like the bottom line is that the author of Jaws has become a shark hugger (metaphorically, of course)?

PB: Never, ever, try to hug a shark. It's okay to hug a tree, because trees haven't been known to bite, but a shark...? Very poor idea.

What I definitely have become (to the best of my ability) is a shark protector, a shark advocate, a shark appreciator, and above all, a shark respecter. Sharks have an extremely important place in the natural order; they've been around, practically unchanged, for 30 or 40 million years, and we're just beginning to learn how complex and wonderful they are. I know so much more about sharks than I did when I wrote Jaws that I couldn't possibly write the same story today.

B&N.com: Is there anything else you would like to add?

PB: I hope that Shark Trouble will entertain readers, of course, but I hope, too, that it will give them some helpful information. Finally, I hope it will dispel many of the myths about sharks -- some of which, I know, Jaws helped perpetuate.

Perhaps the most surprising single thing about Jaws to me is that it has had such a long life. These days, I receive about 1,000 letters a year from youngsters who weren't alive when the book was published or the movie released, and none of them ever writes about how scary the story is or how dangerous sharks are. They all think sharks are awesome, neat, cool, and fascinating. They all want to know more about sharks.

For a writer -- for this writer, anyway -- there's nothing more gratifying.

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  • Posted July 5, 2011

    Irony...

    Anybody else find it deliously ironic that the author of JAWS( resonably blamed for generating the intense fear, phobia, and, in some cases, sheer hate of sharks) has written a book promoting them. I understand that he loved sharks before JAWS and probaly didnt realize it would cause so much damage to their reputation... that is alot of guilt. I am sure he wrote this book for many reasons but i cant help but think one of these is damage control... any ways this book is great and so is his other book "Shark Tales"

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 2, 2011

    Save the sharks pplz

    Shark finning and/or killing they r pretty much same thing and i think that ppl should like shaarks mmore dont be predujice towards sharks learn about them b4 u judge them and form your own opinion on sharks sharks are running out of time only u can save them i support this book and author

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 3, 2002

    Sharks

    A great book about sharks, how to swim safely in the ocean and with sharks, and diving experences the Peter Bentley has had.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2013

    Sharks

    Sharks are scary,but i love the book its very amazing and you should read it to!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2013

    Grate

    A realy good book for nook

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 25, 2002

    GREAT BOOK IF YOU ARE INTO SHARKS AND IF YOU ARENT!

    I love to read about sharks, but what i love the most is to read the "truth" about sharks. Not all the time you can sit back and read about sharks without finding some fiction about them. Personally i would blame books like the infamous "JAWS" for the disastrous killing of sharks (of all types and sizes), and we need more books like "SHARK TROUBLE" to open the minds of those who believe in everything they hear and see. I am a certified diver and in my very first dive i saw a couple of Bull sharks, it was one of my most beautiful experiences to see them so calm and minding their own business. It was just b.e.a.u.t.i.f.u.l., and i am glad i saw them. Really recomend this book, you won't be dissapointed, and you will learn all you need to know about sharks.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 24, 2002

    The Best Book Ever

    I just finished reading this book and I thought that it was like the best book that I ever read. He made everything so interesting and he got me interested in Sharks and the ocean again. I was mildly interested in them when I was little and he renewed that interest. Now I am next to being obsessed with the subject. I hope he writes another book like this because that can't be all of the stories that have happened to him!:) So that was my opinion! Super...wonderful, great.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2002

    The Truth About Sharks.....

    Peter benchley gives us the real scoop on The Summer of The Shark. He clears up all the media hype and gives us the truth about sharks. Although Sharks, and the sea in general, should be treated with a healthy respect, there is no reason not to enloy it, and he teaches you just that. Great summer read, I loved it!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2011

    Havent read yet cant wait to try save r sharks!!!!!!!!!

    In school we had to do a newspaper arcticl and i did mine on sharks and how we need to save them! I mean when i go to collage in gonna be a marine biologist and iv been studieing sharks for about seven yrs now plz help to save or sharks!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 6, 2004

    Unbelievable

    Even if he made them up these stories are great! My husband, who loves the ocean, fishing, diving, read this book last year and recommends it to everyone.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2004

    I laughed, I cried, I loved it

    This book made me feel an entire range of emotions and I couldn't put it down. With each story told I went into it with more and more interest. 'Jaws' scared me, but 'Shark Trouble' made me feel more at ease with the ocean and all of its amazing inhabitants.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2014

    EXTREMELY INTERESTING NON-FICTION! Benchley and his family are a

    EXTREMELY INTERESTING NON-FICTION! Benchley and his family are all certified divers. Not only does he give information about sharks, but also detailed descriptions of encounters with them while diving. He also describes encounters with a manta ray, orcas, great barracuda, etc. There is also information about how to survive ocean hazards such as riptides and undertows, and periodically little trivial physics facts are included. Did you know that if you bleed while down deep in the ocean, your blood appears black, that an animal may appear 30% larger underwater because the water can act as a lense, that some squid have claws in their suckers, that the dorsal fin of an orca may be 5 or 6' high, that great white pups are 4 or 5' long when born? I learned all this from PB's fascinating book. It is easy and light enough reading for a child but interesting for anyone. He has a humorous writing style.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2013

    H

    Save the sharks!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 27, 2013

    Great

    Its good for a book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 13, 2011

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