Sharks are the top predators in many marine ecosystems. But tales of the killer instincts and fearsomely sharp senses of these hunters can obscure their full life histories. In fact, sharks are characterful, exhibit surprisingly complex behaviors, and lead secretive lives full of interest in every type of marine habitat. The Lives of Sharks is a fascinating and beautifully illustrated guide to these iconic marine creatures from two world-renowned experts. This book explores shark physiology, anatomy, behavior, ecology, and evolution, as well as conservation and the impact of human activity on shark populations. With stunning photographs and illustrations, as well as profiles of selected species, this is a comprehensive, authoritative, and inviting introduction to global shark life today.
Daniel C. Abel is a professor of marine science at Coastal Carolina University in Conway, South Carolina. His research focuses on the physiology and ecology of sharks and rays and he is the coauthor of several books, including Tooth and Claw: Top Predators of the World (Princeton). R. Dean Grubbs is the associate director of research at Florida State University’s Coastal and Marine Laboratory. He is a shark biologist and an international authority on shark fisheries and conservation.