Whale Shark

Whale Shark

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The whale shark is the largest fish in the ocean. From nose to tail, its body is a long as a school, bus, Look inside to learn more about this gentle giant.

Silent hunters lurk in the deep, dark waters of the ocean. They have razor sharp teeth and powerful jaws. The sight of their dorsal fins strikes fear in hearts of swimmers and surfers. But is there more to

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The whale shark is the largest fish in the ocean. From nose to tail, its body is a long as a school, bus, Look inside to learn more about this gentle giant.

Silent hunters lurk in the deep, dark waters of the ocean. They have razor sharp teeth and powerful jaws. The sight of their dorsal fins strikes fear in hearts of swimmers and surfers. But is there more to these amazing predators than raw, ferocious power? You're about to find out. Get ready to enter the Shark Zone.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Judy Crowder
Nothing could have prepared whoever discovered this amazing ocean-dweller for the first time: an enormous, spotted and striped creature swimming through the waves. Surely it's it a whale? No, a whale shark, a shark so big that early observers thought they had seen a whale. How can you tell the difference? First, the tail is a giveaway, since it moves from side to side, and whale tails move up and down. Also this creature is not a mammal, as whales are, but a fish—the biggest in the world's oceans. Although this giant has three hundred rows of tiny, sharp teeth, it is no danger to humans, because this shark is a filter feeder, eating plankton, plus squid mackerel, anchovies and sardines. While some fishermen follow whale sharks to find large fish, with which these sharks sometimes swim, other humans are a danger to the threatened whale shark population, hunting them for their liver oil, meat and skin. This book, part of the "Shark Zone" series, is packed with information about whale sharks: migration, hunting behavior, predator-prey interaction, and so on. Color photo illustrations, along with boxed "shark facts" on most pages, glossary of featured vocabulary words, list of books to read, recommended web site and index all combine to make this book and series a welcome addition to any library. Reviewer: Judy Crowder
School Library Journal

K-Gr 2

This set features easy-to-read, repetitive text aimed at new readers. One or two sentences per page introduce the most basic facts about sharks, briefly covering physical features, birth and growth, and food. Full-page photographs show the fish in their undersea environment. The texts are occasionally too vague to be useful, and some of the visuals are fairly routine. Other photos, however, give helpful visual references to verbal descriptions, such as the tiny teeth of the whale shark. Though not perfect, the series fills a need for high-interest nonfiction materials at the easiest reading levels.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781429654142
Publisher:
Capstone Press
Publication date:
12/01/2010
Series:
Shark Zone Series
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
7.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.30(d)
Lexile:
NC730L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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Meet the Author

Jody Sullivan Rake specializes in writing about any and all animals. After earning a zoology degree from San Francisco State University, she became an educator and science writer at SeaWorld in San Diego. She still lives in San Diego.

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