Surviving the Shark: How a Brutal Great White Attack Turned a Surfer into a Dedicated Defender of Sharks

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In Surviving the Shark, Jonathan Kathrein describes his incredible shark attack experience. The book covers all aspects of Kathrein’s survival, beginning with the eerie moments just before the attack, when something smashes into Kathrein’s hand as he paddles on his board, waiting for a wave off Stinson Beach in northern California. Realizing it is probably shark, and possibly a great white, Kathrein tries to paddle away, furiously trying to make it toward shore, where he sees some of his friends on the beach. But...

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Overview

In Surviving the Shark, Jonathan Kathrein describes his incredible shark attack experience. The book covers all aspects of Kathrein’s survival, beginning with the eerie moments just before the attack, when something smashes into Kathrein’s hand as he paddles on his board, waiting for a wave off Stinson Beach in northern California. Realizing it is probably shark, and possibly a great white, Kathrein tries to paddle away, furiously trying to make it toward shore, where he sees some of his friends on the beach. But it is too late, as the great white returns, slams into him, then grabs his leg and pulls him underwater, thrashing him back and forth, trying to rip his leg off. How Kathrein is able to escape and make his way to shore, despite his horrific wounds, is nothing short of amazing. But that’s just the beginning, as he now faces months of physical and mental rehabilitation, all the while dealing with the constant media attention that the attack has generated. Gradually, with the help of his family and friends, Kathrein makes a recovery. Today, Kathrein gives lectures on shark conservation, as well as on such topics as avoiding shark attacks when you’re in the water. In this book, he not only writes of his ordeal, but also delves into shark behavior, and explains his desire to spread shark awareness. There is also an underlying theme of tremendous familial love and Kathrein’s extreme fervor for life.

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Los Angeles Times
“A gripping account. . . .If you want people to notice you at the beach, but you don't have a fitness trainer's body, take this book along with you. Heads will turn.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781616086800
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing
  • Publication date: 7/1/2012
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 704,824
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.08 (h) x 0.87 (d)

Meet the Author

Jonathan Kathrein grew up outside San Francisco with his mother, father, and two younger brothers. He always enjoyed surfing,
especially at the site of his attack, Stinson Beach. He was only sixteen when he was attacked, yet he demonstrated great poise and maturity. During and after recovery, Kathrein remains a driving force in shark attack prevention and shark awareness. He leads lectures and founded the nonprofit Future Leaders for Peace, which aims to share his shark experience. Also, in 2009 he collaborated with his mother, Margaret Kathrein, on Far From Shore, which is a retelling of the event from her perspective. They live in San Rafael,
California.

David McGuire is the director and founder of Sea Stewards and a Research Associate at the California Academy of Sciences.

Wallace J. Nichols, PhD is a Research Associate at the California Academy of Sciences and the founder of Bluemind: The Mind &Ocean Initiative.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments and Credits ix

Introduction xi

Journey to the Coast 1

Stinson Beach 17

Race to the Ocean 31

The Art of Surfing 41

A Blur of Speed and Power 49

Chaos Strikes 55

Out of the Jaws? 61

Repair at the Hospital 73

Media Frenzy 91

Recovery and Healing 97

Life After the Shark 117

Learning About Sharks 129

Shark Science 141

Shark Behavior and Shark-Human Interactions 157

Can We Save the Great White Shark? 183

Afterword 193

How to Avoid a Shark Attack 195

Ocean Conservation Resources 197

About the Authors 199

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    Posted August 12, 2014

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    Posted June 26, 2014

    Good book but

    Not worth $14

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 19, 2014

    Laura

    My little bro really enjoyed this book. He luvs sharks and he wouldnt do the same thing. He also likes the 1st commenters comment.

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    Posted December 15, 2013

    Sucks

    Do not read this book sucks read 39clues

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