Sharks

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Many people see sharks as vicious killers that prowl the sea, waiting to prey on humans. It is true that sharks have attacked people, but every year, humans cause much more harm to sharks than the other way around. As a result, endangered and threatened shark species may soon disappear forever. The Endangered! series describes these endangered fish, discusses what is going on, and what people can do to help before it is too late.
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Overview

Many people see sharks as vicious killers that prowl the sea, waiting to prey on humans. It is true that sharks have attacked people, but every year, humans cause much more harm to sharks than the other way around. As a result, endangered and threatened shark species may soon disappear forever. The Endangered! series describes these endangered fish, discusses what is going on, and what people can do to help before it is too late.
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Children's Literature - Peg Glisson
While many view sharks are vicious killers, in fact only four subspecies are responsible for most unprovoked attacks on humans, and all four have decreasing populations and might soon disappear. More than 200 subspecies are threatened or endangered, with 75 on the verge of extinction. During the twentieth century, technology (sonar, long fishing lines, mechanical reels, and nets) has allowed man to kill or capture more and more sharks and other fish, with the subsequent result that many are being killed faster than they can reproduce. This entry in the Marshall Cavendish "Endangered!" series provides information on shark habitats, their life cycle, diet, and bodies, as well as clearly stating the issues leading to their lessening numbers—over-fishing of other fish, which lessens their food supply, catching them for food and other body parts, hunting for sport, and accidentally catching them in fishing gear. Growing awareness of over 200 shark species listed as at least vulnerable has led to conservation efforts by private organizations as well as governments. A glossary, sharp, close-up photographs, and an occasional sidebar help readers glean more information. Age-appropriate books and websites will be useful for those wanting to know more. Current and informative, this will appeal both to browsers and those doing research. Reviewer: Peg Glisson
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761429883
  • Publisher: Cavendish Square Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/28/2008
  • Series: Endangered! Series
  • Pages: 48
  • Age range: 8 - 11 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.70 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Predators Become Prey 5

Chapter 2 Life as a Shark 15

Chapter 3 Shark Bodies 25

Chapter 4 Saving the Sharks 33

Shark Species in Danger 42

Glossary 44

Find Out More 46

Index 48

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