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Global Perspectives on the Biology and Life History of the White Shark

  • Compiles the latest findings from leading White Shark research teams on 4 continents
  • Covers the latest electronic tagging technologies, methods and results
  • Reveals new data on the reproductive biology of White Sharks
  • Discusses policy directions for managers and researchers
  • Imparts novel metabolic findings from captive studies
  • Provides comprehensive new findings on the juvenile life history stage
  • Details the world's first multi-year tracking of adult White Sharks
  • Includes more than 200 illustrations, many in full color

By: Michael L Domeier(Editor)

543 pages, 240 colour & b/w photos and illustrations, 58 tables

CRC Press

Hardback | Feb 2012 | #195076 | ISBN-13: 9781439848401
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About this book

Inspired by the International White Shark Symposium in 2010, Global Perspectives on the Biology and Life History of the White Shark incorporates the most important contemporary research findings into a single peer-reviewed book. This beautifully illustrated reference represents a historic change in the context of white shark (Carcharodon carcharias) research. Once considered one of the most poorly understood and difficult sharks to study, this timely book recognizes a new sophisticated focus on the white shark, raising its status from obscurity to enlightenment. Global Perspectives on the Biology and Life History of the White Shark celebrates the white shark as the most studied shark in the sea.

Within the chapters one can find new insights into a vast range of topics, such as behaviour, physiology, migration patterns, habitat preferences, daily activity patterns, molecular genetics, reproductive biology and new research methods. Global Perspectives on the Biology and Life History of the White Shark also delves into population monitoring and policy options for managers and researchers.


Section I: Biology, Behavior, and Physiology
- Captive Feeding and Growth of Young-of-the-Year White Sharks (Carcharodon carcharias) at the Monterey Bay Aquarium
- Oxygen Consumption Rate of Young-of-the-Year White Sharks (Carcharodon carcharias) during Transport to the Monterey Bay Aquarium
- Size-Based Analysis of Diet and Trophic Position of the White Shark (Carcharodon carcharias) in South African Waters
- White Sharks and Cephalopod Prey: Indicators of Habitat Use?
- Heavy Metals, Trace Elements, and Organochlorine Contaminants in Muscle and Liver Tissue of Juvenile White Sharks (Carcharodon carcharias) from the Southern California Bight
- Boat-Strike Wound Healing in Carcharodon carcharias
- A Summary of Observations on the Maximum Size Attained by the White Shark, Carcharodon carcharias
- Investigatory Behavior toward Surface Objects and Nonconsumptive Strikes on Seabirds by White Sharks (Carcharodon carcharias) at Seal Island, South Africa (1997-2010)
- Comparisons between White Shark-Pinniped Interactions at Seal Island (South Africa) with Other Sites in California

Section II: Migratory Patterns and Habitat Use
- Fine-Scale Habitat Use by White Sharks at Guadalupe Island, Mexico
- Sex-Specific Migration Patterns and Sexual Segregation of Adult White Sharks, Carcharodon carcharias, in the Northeastern Pacific
- The Northeastern Pacific White Shark Shared Offshore Foraging Area (SOFA): A First Examination and Description from Ship Observations and Remote Sensing
- Connectivity among White Shark Coastal Aggregation Areas in the Northeastern Pacific
- Historic Fishery Interactions with White Sharks in the Southern California Bight
- Incidental Catch and Ecological Observations of Juvenile White Sharks (Carcharodon carcharias) in Baja California, Mexico, and Its Conservation Implications
- A New Life-History Hypothesis for White Sharks (Carcharodon carcharias) in the Northeastern Pacific
- Habitat Use and Spatial Dynamics of Juvenile White Sharks, Carcharodon carcharias, in Eastern Australia
- Identifying Juvenile White Shark Behavior from Electronic Tag Data
- Beach Areas Preferred by Juvenile White Shark, Carcharodon carcharias, in Eastern Australia from Long-Term Catch-per-Unit-Effort and Movement Data
- Seasonal Sexual and Size Segregation of White Sharks, Carcharodon carcharias, at the Neptune Islands, South Australia
- Regional Population Connectivity, Oceanic Habitat, and Return Migration Revealed by Satellite Tagging of White Sharks (Carcharodon carcharias) at New Zealand Aggregation Sites
- The Third Dimension: Vertical Habitat Use by White Sharks (Carcharodon carcharias) in New Zealand and in Oceanic and Tropical Waters of the Southwest Pacific Ocean
- New Caledonia (South Pacific) as a Potential Tropical Wintering Ground for the White Shark, Carcharodon carcharias

Section III: Population Monitoring, Policy, and Review
- Application of Molecular Genetics for Conservation of the Great White Shark, Carcharodon carcharias, L. 1758
- Use of Photo Identification to Describe a White Shark Aggregation at Guadalupe Island, Mexico
- Problems with Photo Identification as a Method of Estimating Abundance of White Sharks (Carcharodon carcharias): An Example from Guadalupe Island, Mexico
- Implications of Increasing Pinniped Populations on the Diet and Abundance of White Sharks off the Coast of Massachusetts
- Back to the Wild: Release of Juvenile White Sharks from the Monterey Bay Aquarium
- Shark Spotters: A Pioneering Shark-Safety Program in Cape Town, South Africa
- The Use of a Nonlethal Technique to Assess the Reproductive Biology of the White Shark, Carcharodon carcharias
- Responding to the Risk of White Shark Attack: Updated Statistics, Prevention, Control Methods, and Recommendations
- A Review of Research on the White Shark, Carcharodon carcharias (Linnaeus), in Southern Africa

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Michael L. Domeier, Ph.D., is the founding President of the Marine Conservation Science Institute, a Southern California nonprofit organization dedicated to bridging the gap between research and conservation. Dr. Domeier earned his B.S. in marine biology from the Florida Institute of Technology in 1987, followed by a Ph.D. in marine biology and fisheries from the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science in 1992. He has made important contributions to a wide variety of specialized fields, including coral reef fish ecology, pelagic fish ecology, and the advancement of electronic tagging technology and methods. He was the Organizing Chair of the Fourth International Billfish Symposium held in 2004 and he also chaired the 2009 International White Shark Symposium. His pioneering white shark research at Guadalupe Island, Mexico, distinguishes him among the world's foremost white shark experts.

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