The Shark-Watcher's Handbook: A Guide to Sharks and Where to See Them

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Hundreds of thousands of people have an intentional encounter with sharks every year, and shark-watching has become a multi-million dollar business. The ultimate shark-watcher's guide, this comprehensive and groundbreaking book is essential reading for any marine enthusiast who wants to navigate the waters of those who consort with sharks. The Shark-Watcher's Handbook covers everything you need to know about sharks and shark-watching: the history, techniques, risks, and controversies; a thorough overview of shark...
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Overview

Hundreds of thousands of people have an intentional encounter with sharks every year, and shark-watching has become a multi-million dollar business. The ultimate shark-watcher's guide, this comprehensive and groundbreaking book is essential reading for any marine enthusiast who wants to navigate the waters of those who consort with sharks. The Shark-Watcher's Handbook covers everything you need to know about sharks and shark-watching: the history, techniques, risks, and controversies; a thorough overview of shark natural history and biology; the many threats facing sharks and how snorkellers and divers can help; and even how to get good shark photographs safely. There is also an extensive, fully illustrated directory of the twenty-four species most commonly encountered by shark-watchers. Each entry includes important information on natural history, classification, diet, reproduction, behavior, and range; and there are special sections on identification, the potential danger to divers, and good places for a close encounter.

The book includes the first detailed directory of more than 250 of the world's shark-watching hotspots, with a detailed description of each site and information on everything from the species most likely to be seen and the best time of year to visit to contact details for further information and travel notes. Whether you're a professional diver, someone contemplating your first close encounter with a shark, or the sort of person who prefers to view these extraordinary animals in the pages of a book, The Shark-Watcher's Handbook is an attractive, invaluable, and utterly fascinating guide to the underwater world of sharks.

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Publishers Weekly
Following 2001's Summer of the Shark, when reports of attacks up and down the Eastern seaboard seemed weirdly frequent, this slim volume, a kind of Audubon guide to the deep, comes to clear the water. Zoologist Carwardine and research scientist Watterson compile a bevy of maps, drawings and information-rich essays in a single package for the shark-curious. (Or the shark-serious: to identify a silvertip shark, one presumably must swim quite near him.) Part reference book and part travel guide, the writing at times borders on the dryly academic, with sections devoted to topics such as "Origins and ancestors," and "Shark repellents and protection." The images are generally good, a combination of crisp underwater photography and well-rendered illustrations. A world directory of prime shark-watching locations takes up much of the rest of the page-count. For those so fascinated by the thought of the deep-sea killers that they actually want to confront one, this book will take them far towards achieving that goal. (Oct.) Copyright 2003 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780691096384
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Publication date: 7/22/2002
  • Pages: 232
  • Product dimensions: 6.42 (w) x 9.48 (h) x 0.97 (d)

Meet the Author

Mark Carwardine is a zoologist, writer, photographer, and broadcaster. He is the author of "Last Chance to See" and "The Guinness Book of Animal Records". Ken Watterson is a research scientist and Churchill Fellow, and founder of the Basking Shark Society.
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Table of Contents

1 Shark Diving 10
2 How Dangerous are Sharks? 24
3 Shark Photography 40
4 The World of Sharks 51
5 Shark Conservation 80
6 Shark Directory 89
7 Directory of Shark-watching Sites 142
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