Zebra Shark

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It's easy to see how the zebra shark got its name. Its long, slender body is covered in stripes. Look inside to learn more about this amazing shark.

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 ...

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Overview

It's easy to see how the zebra shark got its name. Its long, slender body is covered in stripes. Look inside to learn more about this amazing shark.

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.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Judy Crowder
Even without its telltale stripes and spots (thus its name) the zebra shark is a real standout. Why? This book, part of Capstone Press' "Shark Zone" series, includes all sorts of characteristics that make this fish special. First, size: they grow to an average of six feet, but some grow as long as twenty-three feet. Zebra sharks like warmer waters of the Indian and western Pacific oceans. Their coloring helps camouflage them on the sea floor, where they hunt or rest. Zebra sharks are well equipped at hunting their prey since their long, slim bodies enable them to slip into cracks and crevices hunting mollusks, shrimp, crabs and small fish. Barbells (whiskery feelers on the sides of its mouth) help these sharks find prey, while up to thirty-four teeth in each jaw dispatch its prey easily. This book, with its colorful photo illustrations and clean, clear text, does a good job of pointing out the characteristics peculiar to zebra sharks. Most interesting is the fact that zebra sharks prop themselves up on their pectoral fins on the sea floor, so that water can easily flow into its mouth and over gills, helping it to breathe. The author points out that, while zebra sharks are not considered dangerous to humans (they will bite if scared, however) humans are the biggest danger to these reef hunters, since fishermen catch them for food (and shark fin soup) as well as sport. Young readers should know a lot about zebra sharks after reading the book, which contains a glossary, index, a list of books to read plus a child-appropriate web site. Reviewer: Judy Crowder
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781429654166
  • Publisher: Capstone Press
  • Publication date: 12/1/2010
  • Series: Shark Zone Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: NC740L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 7.14 (w) x 9.26 (h) x 0.32 (d)

Meet the Author


Jody Sullivan Rake has written many children’s books for Capstone Press. As a science writer in the SeaWorld San Diego Education Department for 10 years, she wrote numerous booklets and other educational pieces. Her degree in zoology, experience at SeaWorld, and love of animals drives her passion for writing animal books.

Jody lives in San Diego, California, with her husband, daughter, and two cats. She loves to hike, ski, run, cook, and eat. She also loves books and movies.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Zebra of the Sea 4

Chapter 2 Spot the Hunter 8

Chapter 3 At Home in the Shallows 20

Chapter 4 Zebra Sharks and People 24

Glossary 30

Read More 31

Internet Sites 31

Index 32

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