In the ‘low news’ dull times of summer when the tabloids need to drum up stories to sell papers, possible Great White sightings always result in screaming headlines. What is the truth? Do Great Whites visit our shores? Are Great Whites a threat in British waters?
Richard Peirce, past chairman of both the Shark Trust and the Shark Conservation Society has kept records of claimed Great White shark sightings for 20 years. This book summarises his findings, answers the questions, and is a must-read for all those interested in this fascinating enigma.
Richard Peirce is best known as a shark conservationist. Trying to help ensure a future for this threatened group of animals has been his main focus for over twenty five years. He was chairman of the Shark Conservation Society and the Shark Trust for over ten years, and is the author of Sharks in British Seas, Sharks off Cornwall & Devon, Shark Attack Britain, The Long Swim and The UK Great White Shark Enigma. He presented the BBC Radio 4 series Shark Hunt, has appeared in countless documentaries, and made several films including, with Simon Spear, the award winners Sharks in British Seas and Porbeagles in Peril. His other books include local history books, and The Poacher’s Moon and Giant Steps which focus on rhinos and elephants. Richard and his wife, Jacqui, are confirmed nomads who have lived in Europe, Africa, and Arabia. They spend half the year in South Africa and their love of wildlife takes them onto or into the water or to the bush at every opportunity.