Children's Literature - Carolyn Mott FordSharks have a fearsome reputation which was heightened by the movie "Jaws." In this, the latest book in the "Animals of the Oceans" series, that reputation is leavened by facts. There are many kinds of sharks and, although all are carnivores, some are harmless to humans. The various species are covered in this book and photographs from various sources are supplemented by diagrams of the animals by Caren Glazer. Some of the ideas that we have about sharks are debunked. However, it is true that they have an acute sense of smell and will sometimes get caught up in feeding frenzies. It is fascinating to read that sharks have from three to fifteen rows of teeth. New teeth form in the gums and roll forward, as needed, like a "conveyor belt of teeth." While warning that people should be cautious in waters where sharks dwell and should never provoke them, the author also points out that sharks should be protected as they play a role in maintaining the ocean's natural balance and are useful to man.
Describes the physical characteristics, habits, and natural environment of various species of perhaps the most feared creatures on earth.
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