497 pages, 8 plates with colour photos and colour illustrations; b/w illustrations, b/w distribution maps
This is the biggest-ever selection of first-hand accounts and news reports of shark attacks, both recent and historical. It shows how sharks are masters of the ocean and how we enter their domain at our own risk. Think you're safe in the Med? Read about the Great Whites that thrive near holiday beaches. Think you're safe in large groups? Read about the sinking of the USS Indianapolis in 1945 when hundreds of sailors floated for days in shark-infested waters, being picked off one-by-one. Think you're safe at home? Read about the 69-year-old man, taking his regular evening swim, jumping off his backyard dock straight into the mouth of a bull shark. Many more extraordinary and gruesome accounts, including the shark-boat skipper who slit open the belly of a 360-kg tiger shark only to have a human head, pelvis, and arm come tumbling out, provide horrific and moving tales of shark encounters. The courage of survivors and those who have risked their lives to save shark attack victims is truly inspirational. Where can you find sharks? Features on different shark species with illustrations, fact boxes and maps show where they lurk around the world. Also included are a selection of full-colour photographs and special sections on the life cycle of a shark, how to avoid a shark attack and how to survive one.
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Alex MacCormick is the author of The Mammoth Book of Maneaters. She lives in Languedoc, in the south of France. Rod Green has worked as an editor and author for the past thirty years, writing or contributing to a diverse collection of books on topics ranging from Jaguar Racing Cars and the building of the Titanic to Santa Claus and Edgar Allan Poe. He lives in Surrey, England