The Jaws of Death: Sharks as Predator, Man as Prey

The Jaws of Death: Sharks as Predator, Man as Prey


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781602390218
Publisher: Skyhorse
Publication date: 08/17/2007
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 5.90(d)

About the Author

Xavier Maniguet is best known as a survival specialist, but he is also a medical doctor, pilot, and parachutist, as well as the author of Survival: How to Prevail in Hostile Environments.

Table of Contents

1.Statistics Versus Myths
Total numbers15
Preconceived ideas17
2.An Historical Account
Devil sharks and god sharks23
From myth to symbol28
The reasons for fascination30
Sharks and the media32
A chapter of history35
3.An Extraordinary Machine
Devilish jaws45
A flawless set of teeth45
Sequences of a bite48
Feeding, appetite and digestion49
Exceptional sensory organs55
The lateral line60
The pit organs: "taste buds" on the back62
An extraordinary eyesight64
The visual system of the Great White Shark69
The ampullae of Lorenzini: a unique organ70
Hydrodynamics and performance74
An organism for hydrodynamism75
A predator with two gears81
Variations and adaptations81
4.Peculiarities and Curiosities
The "Great White Death"87
Innocent giants89
The Tiger Shark: the "hyena of the seas"91
Display swimming of the Grey Reef Shark92
Motivation for an attack98
The markings of the Oceanic White-tip: lure or identity badge?101
Attacking nuclear submarines102
The shark's companions103
5.Attacks: Instructive Dramas
Accursed places107
Shipwrecks: sites of unsuspected carnage115
Boats are not always safe from attack131
Determined attacks137
Remarkable attacks144
Courageous victims146
Heroic rescuers148
A painless torture153
Post-mortem of an attack155
Some impossible statistics159
Preventive measures against sharks163
Prevention through education164
Prevention through facilities171
Passive on-the-spot protection178
Aggressive on-the-spot protection183
6.Fact and Speculation
Captivity and adaptability189
The shark's brain191
Reproduction and maturation192
Social behaviour and ecology of sharks196
Theories of evolution and the shark198
7.1001 Uses of a Shark
The shark as police-informer201
The shark as alibi206
Ecology and the fishing industry209
The shark as a game fish214
Shark cuisine220
The shark memento221
The shark in pharmacy and in surgery223
The shark and the cinema223
The shark virility test224
8.The Other Jaws of Death
Piranhas: myth or reality?227
The Killer Whale229
Crocodiles: fearsome predators230
Elementary precautions235
Barracudas: innocent animals unjustly accused236

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Jaws of Death: Sharks as Predator, Man as Prey 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You people make me so angry with your chatting. This is suposed to be a book review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Its alot of mony to mony to buy this book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Vey informatonal and VERY BIG complicated hard 2 understand words!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is absolutely perfect for people who want to learn the truth about sharks as it sifts through all the factual and fictional information known about these mysterious creatures. Not limited to basic knowledge, this book will tell you everything you ever wanted to know about sharks...and didn't! I've looked a long time for something this factual and complete. If you're like me, here it is! You won't find a shark book more worth your money. It's definitely geared more for adults, though. I wouldn't recommend it for very young readers.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I must say that The Jaws of Death is one of the best books I have ever read on sharks. I may be only 15 years old, but people my age tend to get bored reading, and Maniguet kept my attention throughout the entire book. Not only does it have actual accounts of many, many shark attacks, but it has biological information on sharks' personalities, their bodies, etc. I'm not finished finding information on these amazing creatures, so I hope there is another book out there as good as this one!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
No one gives a s h i t what you think. Why does everyone think they can boss people around. You know what go f u c k your self. Then die. Bye!!!!!! Love ya
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Never readit
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
what is this about? :'(