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Books about Sharks

Learn more about these amazing predators of the sea.

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#1 Shark Attacks: Myths, Misunderstandings and Human Fear

In Shark Attacks: Myths, Misunderstandings and Human Fear, author and shark researcher Blake Chapman deftly explores the tension between risk and human fear and the need to conserve sharks and protect the important ecological roles they play in our marine environments. A marine biologist, Chapman presents scientific information about shark biology, movement patterns, and feeding behavior. She discusses the role of fear in the way we think about sharks and the influence of the media on public perceptions.

#2 SuperShark: And Other Creatures of the Deep

A jaw-dropping visual voyage of fun facts discovery exploring the deep waters of the sea and the mysterious creatures that live in it.

Uncover our oceans' secrets in this kid's book with a remarkable array of 80 sharks as well as other fascinating sea creatures that lurk in her depths! This comprehensive encyclopedia for children covers a diverse range of ocean inhabitants in mesmerising detail.

#3 The Ultimate Book of Sharks

Dive into the wild world of sharks! Get up close to learn the truth behind these fantastic, ferocious fish with famed National Geographic photographer and explorer Brian Skerry.

Join this amazing underwater adventure to track the sharks of the world, from the teeniest dogfish to the ever feared great white. This ultimate book features every species of shark on the planet, with awesome photos, fascinating facts, the latest science, and firsthand stories of real-life encounters with these incredible creatures. Learn how sharks live, how they eat, the challenges they face, and whether or not you are actually on the menu!

#4 Sharks and Other Deadly Ocean Creatures: Visual Encyclopedia

This comprehensive visual encyclopedia takes you deep into the world's waters to meet the deadliest ocean predators - without you even getting wet!

Do you know which creature has tentacles longer than a bus? Or what was the largest shark that ever lived? Where does the tiger shark get its name? Which fish has the deadliest venom? And which fish has the strongest bite of anything on Earth? Sharks and Other Deadly Ocean Creatures answers all these questions and many, many more.

#7 National Geographic – Shark

For decades, acclaimed National Geographic underwater photographer Brian Skerry has braved ocean depths and the jaws of predatory giants to capture the most remarkable photographs of sharks around the world. In this collection of the best of those pictures, Skerry draws on his growing personal respect for these animals to share intimate stories of their impact.

#8 Emperors of the Deep

Sharks are ruthlessly efficient predators, the apex of 450 million years of evolution. They are older than trees, have survived five extinction events and are essential to maintaining balanced ocean ecosystems, but how much do we really know about their lives?

The first book to reveal the hidden world of sharks, Emperors of the Deep draws upon the latest scientific research to examine four species in detail – mako, tiger, hammerhead and great white – as never before.

#9 Sharks: The Ocean’s Mightiest Predator

Our seas and oceans are home to one of the fiercest hunters of the water. With over 400 species of sharks, from stingrays to the great white to the tiger shark to the dwarf lantern, it is no wonder that these ferocious creatures have captured our imaginations. Predators of the deep, their ancient biology have kept them at the top of the oceanic food chain.

#12 Eyewitness Shark

How dangerous is a great white shark? How common are shark attacks and how can you avoid them? How big can a whale shark get?

In Eyewitness Shark, discover lots of weird and wonderful facts about these fascinating creatures, where they live, why they are hunted, and what is done to preserve them. Did you know, for example, that the first sharks existed before the dinosaurs? And that sharks have a sixth sense that helps them locate prey?

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