Emperors of the Deep: Sharks--The Ocean's Most Mysterious, Most Misunderstood, and Most Important Guardians

Emperors of the Deep: Sharks--The Ocean's Most Mysterious, Most Misunderstood, and Most Important Guardians

by William McKeever


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In this remarkable groundbreaking book, a documentarian and conservationist, determined to dispel misplaced fear and correct common misconceptions, explores in-depth the secret lives of sharks—magnificent creatures who play an integral part in maintaining the health of the world’s oceans and ultimately the planet.

From the Jaws blockbusters to Shark Week, we are conditioned to see sharks as terrifying cold-blooded underwater predators. But as Safeguard the Seasfounder William McKeever reveals, sharks are evolutionary marvels essential to maintaining a balanced ecosystem. We can learn much from sharks, he argues, and our knowledge about them continues to grow. The first book to reveal in full the hidden lives of sharks, Emperors of the Deep examines four species—Mako, Tiger, Hammerhead, and Great White—as never before, and includes fascinating details such as:

  • Sharks are 50-million years older than trees;
  • Sharks have survived five extinction level events, including the one that killed off the dinosaurs;
  • Sharks have electroreception, a sixth-sense that lets them pick up on electric fields generated by living things;
  • Sharks can dive 4,000 feet below the surface;
  • Sharks account for only 6 human fatalities per year, while humans kill 100 million sharks per year.

McKeever goes back through time to probe the shark’s pre-historic secrets and how it has become the world’s most feared and most misunderstood predator, and takes us on a pulse-pounding tour around the world and deep under the water’s surface, from the frigid waters of the Arctic Circle to the coral reefs of the tropical Central Pacific, to see sharks up close in their natural habitat. He also interviews ecologists, conservationists, and world-renowned shark experts, including the founders of Greenpeace’s Rainbow Warrior, the head of the Massachusetts Shark Research Program, and the self-professed “last great shark hunter.”

At once a deep-dive into the misunderstood world of sharks and an urgent call to protect them, Emperors of the Deep celebrates this wild species that hold the key to unlocking the mysteries of the ocean—if we can prevent their extinction from climate change and human hunters.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062880321
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 06/25/2019
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 47,677
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

WILLIAM MCKEEVER is the founder of Ocean Guardian, a NGO dedicated to ocean conservation. He is the producer and director of the forthcoming feature-length documentary Man Bites Shark, which will premier in the spring. 

Table of Contents

Introduction Man Bites Shark 1

Chapter 1 Searching for Mary Lee 13

Chapter 2 Makos, the F-35 of Sharks 39

Chapter 3 The Mysterious Case of the Hammerhead 67

Chapter 4 Sharks as Social Animals 87

Chapter 5 The Quest for the Tiger Shark 99

Chapter 6 The Shark Attack Files 115

Chapter 7 The Sex Lives of Sharks 135

Chapter 8 Bearing Witness 151

Chapter 9 Human Trafficking at Sea 167

Chapter 10 Water, Water Everywhere and Not a Tiger in Sight 185

Chapter 11 The High Seas 213

Chapter 12 Shark Warriors 229

Chapter 13 Shark Alley 251

Chapter 14 Save the Shark 273

Acknowledgments 297

Notes 299

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