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Great White Shark: Myth and Reality

Art / PhotobookPopular Science
Great White Shark writes an exciting new chapter in shark research for popular science readers

By: Alexandrine Civard-Racinais(Author), Patrice Héraud(Illustrator), Maud Fontenoy(Preface By)

144 pages, 116 colour photos

Firefly Books

Paperback | Oct 2017 | #235665 | ISBN-13: 9781770859531
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NHBS Price: £14.95 $20/€17 approx
Hardback | Nov 2012 | #200283 | ISBN-13: 9781770851023
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About this book

Great White Shark covers all aspects of this great but sadly misunderstood ocean predator. There are three sections: Portrait of the Great White; Searching for the Great White; and Requiem for the Great White? Together they describe shark biology and behaviour (some of it previously unknown, such as hunting in groups) and describe how researchers and conservationists study and protect sharks.

The last section considers the plight of the shark and paints an accurate portrait of this remarkable creature. It also surveys the deadly dangers faced by great white sharks, such as finning and ocean garbage. More than 100 dramatic photographs of sharks fill the book.

Topics include:
- The role of the great white shark in marine ecosystems
- Complete survey of great white shark biology and behaviour
- Great white shark attacks
- Identifying and tagging sharks
- Shark protection around the world
- Range map and essential facts
- Protection legislation
- Further reading for adults and children, films and internet sites.

Four experts – underwater photographer Frédéric Buyle, oceanographer Catherine Vadon, marine zoologist Michael Scholl, and marine biologist Bernard Séret – reflect on the future of the species now living on borrowed time. Great White Shark is an exciting new chapter in shark research.

"This reference brings general readers and students up close and personal with the great white shark. Following one research team tracking great white sharks in Australia, the book provides about 100 high-quality color photos throughout, most taken in open water, outside of protective cages. The book gives background on shark anatomy and examines threats to their survival as a species, with discussion of the benefits and drawbacks of ecotourism [...] Appendices offer a chart summarizing shark protection legislation around the world, plus lists of books, documentary films, and websites for kids and adults."
– Reference and Research News on 01/12/2013


Worldwide Distribution of the Great White Shark
Identification Criteria

Portrait of the Great White

    Efficient Camouflage
    A Cartilaginous Skeleton
    A Body Designed for Speed
    A Warm-Blooded Fish?
    Non Fluctuat Nec Margitur: It Does Not Float Nor Does It Sink
    Great White, What Big Teeth you Have!
    Sophisticated Sensory Organs
    A Fish That Doesn't Lay Eggs
    10 Misconceptions About The Great White Shark
    Catherine Vadon's Perspective

Search For The Great White

    Port Lincoln, Doorway To Adventure
    Portrait of Rodney Fox
    A Species and Individuals
    The Photograph: An Identification Tool
    Tagging Is Not A Game
    Two Types of Radio Transmitter
    A Fish Named . . . Jammie
    Nicole's Odyssey

Requiem For The Great White?

    Great White Attacks: From Myth To Reality
    Frédéric Buyle's Perspective
    Man -- The Great White's Predator
    Putting An End To Finning
    Strappy: Victim of Human Activity
    Bernard Séret's Perspective
    Ecotourism: Is It Saving The Great White?
    Michael Scholl's Perspective

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Alexandrine Civard-Racinais is a popular-science writer actively involved in environmental issues. Patrice Heraud is a professional photographer and diving instructor. He has been researching great white sharks for more than 20 years. In 2007 he founded SOS Grand Blanc (SOS Great White), a foundation devoted to the protection of great white and other shark species. Maud Fontenoy is Spokesperson for UNESCO's Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission and the World Ocean Network.

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