The Shark-Watcher's Handbook: A Guide to Sharks and Where to See Them

The Shark-Watcher's Handbook: A Guide to Sharks and Where to See Them

by Mark Carwardine, Ken Watterson

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Overview

"Every diver should have a copy of this book. It's the most comprehensive and best-researched guide to diving and snorkeling with sharks—providing everything you need to know in order to experience some of the most awe-inspiring and breathtaking underwater encounters anywhere in the world."—Graeme Gourlay, Editor in Chief, Dive

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780691096377
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 04/05/2004
Pages: 232
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Mark Carwardine is a zoologist, writer, photographer, and broadcaster. He is the author of Last Chance to See and The Guinness Book of Animal Records. Ken Watterson is a research scientist and Churchill Fellow, and founder of the Basking Shark Society.

Table of Contents

1Shark Diving
Chumming and baiting10
Is shark diving acceptable ecotourism or unacceptable and dangerous exploitation?11
Planning a shark dive18
2How Dangerous are Sharks?
The International Shark Attack File24
How many people are attacked?24
Why do sharks attack?25
Where do sharks attack?27
Shark attacks on divers29
Dangerous sharks30
Reducing the risk31
Shark repellents and protection34
Learning from an 'inevitable' attack36
Shark attacks in perspective37
3Shark Photography
Cameras40
Lenses42
Film44
Exposure44
Artificial flash45
Backscatter46
Get close ... and then get even closer47
Composition47
Safety48
4The World of Sharks
Origins and ancestors51
Classification of sharks54
The perfect body58
Sensing the environment60
The ultimate predator65
Making more sharks69
Shark research73
5Shark Conservation
Shark finning80
Shark skin, meat, liver oil, cartilage and other products85
How divers can help87
6Shark Directory
Shark identification89
Naming the parts of a shark91
Sand tiger shark92
Thresher sharks94
Basking shark96
Shortfin mako shark98
Great white shark100
Scalloped hammerhead shark102
Great hammerhead shark104
Caribbean reef shark106
Oceanic whitetip shark108
Silky shark110
Dusky shark112
Galapagos shark114
Grey reef shark116
Silvertip shark118
Blacktip reef shark120
Bull shark122
Bronze whaler shark124
Lemon shark126
Tiger shark128
Whitetip reef shark130
Blue shark132
Whale shark134
Nurse shark136
Zebra shark138
7Directory of Shark-watching Sites
Maps142
Introduction154
North America and Mexico155
Central and South America175
The Bahamas and the Caribbean187
Europe202
East and Southern Africa205
North Africa and the Middle East214
Asia221
Mauritius234
The Seychelles235
The Maldives238
Australasia248
Pacific Islands268

What People are Saying About This

Graeme Gourlay

Every diver should have a copy of this book. It's the most comprehensive and best-researched guide to diving and snorkeling with sharks—providing everything you need to know in order to experience some of the most awe-inspiring and breathtaking underwater encounters anywhere in the world.
Graeme Gourlay, Editor in Chief, "Dive"

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