Get submerged in the amazing world of sharks! Your expert host, award-winning marine biologist Dr David Shiffman, will show you how – and why – we should protect these mysterious, misunderstood guardians of the ocean.
Sharks are some of the most fascinating, most ecologically important, most threatened, and most misunderstood animals on Earth. More often feared than revered, their role as predators of the deep have earned them a reputation as a major threat to humans. But the truth is that sharks are not a danger to us – they're in danger from us.
In Why Sharks Matter, marine conservation biologist Dr. David Shiffman explains why it's crucial that we overcome our misconceptions and rise above cinematic jump scares to embrace sharks as the imperilled, amazing, elegant, and critically important creatures they really are. Sharing his own fascinating experiences working with sharks, Shiffman tells us
- why healthy shark populations are a must for supporting ocean ecosystems – and the coastal economies that depend on them
- why we're in danger of losing many shark species forever
- what scientists, conservationists, and readers can do to help save these iconic predators
- why so much of what you've heard about sharks and how to save them is wrong
Exploring the core tenets of shark conservation science and policy, Shiffman synthesizes decades of scientific research and policymaking, weaving it into a narrative full of humour and adventure. Touching on everything from Shark Week to shark fin soup, overfishing to marine sanctuaries, Shiffman reveals why sharks are in trouble, why we should care, and how we can save them. Perfect for shark enthusiasts, Why Sharks Matter is an approachable, informative guide to the world of shark conservation and the passionate, fascinating, brilliant people who work to understand and protect our oceans. This fun read will have you looking at sharks with a fresh perspective and an understanding that the survival of sharks is crucial to the survival of another apex predator – ourselves.
Chapter 1. Shark basics, and fun facts to keep you reading
Chapter 2. Sharks are not a threat to humans
Chapter 3. The ecological significance of sharks
Chapter 4. What are the threats to sharks, and how threatened are they?
Chapter 5. How can we protect sharks?
Chapter 6. Target-Based Shark conservation and management policies
Chapter 7. Limit-based shark conservation and management policies
Chapter 8. What are scientists doing to help threatened sharks?
Chapter 9. What are environmentalists doing to help?
Chapter 10. How can you help sharks? (And what to consider NOT doing.)
David Shiffman (Silver Spring, MD) is a marine conservation biologist at Arizona State University. His work has appeared in the Washington Post, National Geographic, and Scientific American, and he writes a monthly column in Scuba Diving Magazine. He can be found on Twitter where he's always happy to answer questions about sharks.
"Providing a wealth of information about a vitally important group of animals, this topical and accessible book will attract a broad audience."
– Jeffrey C. Carrier, Albion College, author of Sharks of the Shallows: Coastal Species in Florida and the Bahamas