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Sharks: The Animal Answer Guide (The Animal Answer Guides


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Do sharks lay eggs or give birth to live young? Do sharks sleep? How long do they live? How likely are shark attacks? This book answers your questions about some of nature's most misunderstood animals.

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AcknowledgmentsIntroduction1. Introducing Sharks, Skates, Rays, and Chimaeras2. Form and Function of Sharks3. Shark Colors4. Shark Behavior5. Shark Ecology6. Reproduction and Development7. Foods and Feeding8. Sharks and Humans9. Shark Problems (from a human's viewpoint)10. Human Problems (from a shark's viewpoint)11. Sharks in Stories, Media, and Literature12. "Sharkology"Appendix A: Sharks, Skates, Rays, and Chimaeras of the WorldAppendix B: Organizations That Promote the Study and Conservation of SharksAppendix C: Websites That Provide Useful and Accurate Information on SharksBibliographyIndex

About the Author

Gene Helfman is a professor emeritus at the Odum School of Ecology's Program in Conservation Ecology and Sustainable Development, University of Georgia. He is co-author of Fishes: The Animal Answer Guide, also published by Johns Hopkins. George H. Burgess is coordinator of museum operations and director of the Florida Program for Shark Research at the Florida Museum of Natural History.


Whether you fear sharks or just have a curiosity about them, Sharks: The Animal Answer Guide will home school you about these fascinating creatures that have been around for millions of years... Get a copy, you'll be glad you did. -- Skip Clement * Fly Life Magazine.com *
Why do sharks attack people? How often do attacks really occur? Must we really contemplate a visit to the beach with terror? Such questions come to mind as shark season approaches. Fortunately, the answer to these and many other shark questions can be found in Sharks: The Animal Answer Guide. -- Whit Gibbons * Tuscaloosa News *
I most highly encourage that all interested not only purchase and read Sharks: The Animal Answer Guide themselves but that additional consideration be given to presenting a copy as a gift to anyone with an interest in sharks... Ignorance and error are indeed a darkness of the mind for which the easiest correction is the introduction of light. To that end, this book veritably glows. -- John E. Riutta * The Well-read Naturalist *
Sharks: The Animal Answer Guide is captivating without being too light, and includes all shark facts. The result is a lovely survey recommended for any interested in sharks. -- James A Cox * The Midwest Book Review *
Johns Hopkins University Press has produced many fantastic 'animal answer guide' books on a wide range of animals, including geckos, turtles, and porcupines. Now comes Sharks - and it may be the best of the bunch... [The] books is witty and clear, and should inspire a wide audience, young and old and laypersons and professionals... This is exactly the kind of book this reviewer would love to give to a child interested in studying sharks or marine biology. * Choice *
Underpinning a well-written and accurate book, what makes Sharks: The Animal Answer Guide so enjoyable was the palpable enthusiasm exhibited by both authors... Sharks: The Animal Answer Guide is written with a contagious passion that will undoubtedly inspire the public of our generation to learn about, protect, and conserve these magnificent denizens of the deep. -- J. Marcus Drymon * Bulletin of Marine Science *
If you know of an academic/scholarly colleague who harbours a long-standing interest in sharks, this book should be on your gift shortlist. It is so well-written and insightful (and inexpensive) that they will find hours of stimulating thought, including quite a few new ideas. * Springer Journal *

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