Shark Trouble: True Stories About Sharks and the Sea

Shark Trouble: True Stories About Sharks and the Sea

by Peter Benchley
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Shark Trouble: True Stories About Sharks and the Sea by Peter Benchley

Master storyteller Peter Benchley combines high adventure with practical information in Shark Trouble, a book that is at once a thriller and a valuable guide to being safe in, on, under, and around the sea. The bestselling author of Jaws, The Deep, and other works draws on more than three decades of experience to share information about sharks and other marine animals.

“Shark attacks on human beings generate a tremendous amount of media coverage,” Benchley writes, “partly because they occur so rarely, but mostly, I think, because people are, and always have been, simultaneously intrigued and terrified by sharks. Sharks come from a wing of the dark castle where our nightmares live—deep water beyond our sight and understanding—and so they stimulate our fears and fantasies and imaginations.”

Benchley describes the many types of sharks (including the ones that pose a genuine threat to man), what is and isn’t known about shark behavior, the odds against an attack and how to reduce them even further—all reinforced with the lessons he has learned, the mistakes he has made, and the personal perils he has encountered while producing television documentaries, bestselling novels, and articles about the sea and its inhabitants. He tells how to swim safely in the ocean, how to read the tides and currents, what behavior to avoid, and how to survive when danger suddenly strikes. He discusses how to tell children about sharks and the sea and how to develop, in young and old alike, a healthy respect for the ocean.

As Benchley says, “The ocean is the only alien and potentially hostile environment on the planet into which we tend to venture without thinking about the animals that live there, how they behave, how they support themselves, and how they perceive us. I know of no one who would set off into the jungles of Malaysia armed only with a bathing suit, a tube of suntan cream, and a book, and yet that’s precisely how we approach the oceans.”

No longer. Not after you’ve read Shark Trouble.

From the Hardcover edition.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781588362070
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/04/2002
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 578,137
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

After graduating from Harvard, Peter Benchley worked as a reporter for The Washington Post, then as an editor at Newsweek and a speechwriter in the White House. His novel Jaws was published in 1974, followed by The Deep, The Island, The Girl of the Sea of Cortez, Q Clearance, Rummies, and Beast, among others. He has written screenplays for three of his novels, and his articles and essays have appeared in such publications as National Geographic and The New York Times. He has written, narrated, and appeared in dozens of television documentaries. He is a member of the national council of Environmental Defense and is a spokesman for its Oceans Program.

From the Hardcover edition.

Date of Birth:

May 8, 1940

Date of Death:

February 12, 2006

Place of Birth:

New York, New York

Place of Death:

Princeton, New Jersey


Phillips Exeter Academy; B.A. in English, Harvard University, 1961

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Shark Trouble: True Stories About Sharks and the Sea 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
the_girl_with_a_voice More than 1 year ago
Anybody else find it deliously ironic that the author of JAWS( resonably blamed for generating the intense fear, phobia, and, in some cases, sheer hate of sharks) has written a book promoting them. I understand that he loved sharks before JAWS and probaly didnt realize it would cause so much damage to their reputation... that is alot of guilt. I am sure he wrote this book for many reasons but i cant help but think one of these is damage control... any ways this book is great and so is his other book "Shark Tales"
Guest More than 1 year ago
A great book about sharks, how to swim safely in the ocean and with sharks, and diving experences the Peter Bentley has had.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sharks are scary,but i love the book its very amazing and you should read it to!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A realy good book for nook
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love to read about sharks, but what i love the most is to read the "truth" about sharks. Not all the time you can sit back and read about sharks without finding some fiction about them. Personally i would blame books like the infamous "JAWS" for the disastrous killing of sharks (of all types and sizes), and we need more books like "SHARK TROUBLE" to open the minds of those who believe in everything they hear and see. I am a certified diver and in my very first dive i saw a couple of Bull sharks, it was one of my most beautiful experiences to see them so calm and minding their own business. It was just b.e.a.u.t.i.f.u.l., and i am glad i saw them. Really recomend this book, you won't be dissapointed, and you will learn all you need to know about sharks.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just finished reading this book and I thought that it was like the best book that I ever read. He made everything so interesting and he got me interested in Sharks and the ocean again. I was mildly interested in them when I was little and he renewed that interest. Now I am next to being obsessed with the subject. I hope he writes another book like this because that can't be all of the stories that have happened to him!:) So that was my opinion! Super...wonderful, great.
Anthony Clendenen More than 1 year ago
Shark finning and/or killing they r pretty much same thing and i think that ppl should like shaarks mmore dont be predujice towards sharks learn about them b4 u judge them and form your own opinion on sharks sharks are running out of time only u can save them i support this book and author
Guest More than 1 year ago
Peter benchley gives us the real scoop on The Summer of The Shark. He clears up all the media hype and gives us the truth about sharks. Although Sharks, and the sea in general, should be treated with a healthy respect, there is no reason not to enloy it, and he teaches you just that. Great summer read, I loved it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Save the sharks!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Its good for a book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Jodi Johnston More than 1 year ago
In school we had to do a newspaper arcticl and i did mine on sharks and how we need to save them! I mean when i go to collage in gonna be a marine biologist and iv been studieing sharks for about seven yrs now plz help to save or sharks!!!!!!!!!!!!!