248 pages, colour photos, illustrations
The shark has been our planet's dominant predator for millions of years. But in just fifty years all sharks have become threatened by human activity; victims of a deadly combination of overfishing, pollution and the destruction of their habitats. Although scientific knowledge of sharks is increasing rapidly, there is still much to learn about these complex and elusive animals - and for many species it may already be too late. Despite this, in the popular imagination sharks remain poorly understood and, all too often, despised.
"Shark: In peril in the Sea" comprehensively overturns our negative and damaging perception of sharks. Thoroughly researched and written in clear, jargon-free prose by a shark 'outsider', it tells you everything you need to know about these sophisticated guardians of our oceans.
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Shark: In peril in the Sea is David Owen's third natural history book with Allen + Unwin, following "Thylacine: The tragic tale of the Tasmanian Tiger", which won a Whitley award in 2003, and "Tasmanian Devil: A unique and threatened animal" (2006, co-written with David Pemberton). David is also a novelist: his new book in the Pufferfish crime series is "No Weather for a Burial" (Forty Degrees South, 2009). He lives in Hobart, Tasmania.