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Sharks of the Shallows

Coastal Species in Florida and the Bahamas

Jeffrey C. Carrier
photographs by Andy Murch, Jillian Morris, and Duncan Brake

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Thrilling underwater photographs enrich this unique guide to the shallow-water sharks of Florida and the Bahamas.

Agile, sleek, and precise, sharks display many qualities we can admire and appreciate. These marvels of evolution have adapted to thrive in every major aquatic realm on the planet, from frigid Arctic waters through temperate but stormy seas and on into the tropics. However, few places on Earth are home to the amazing diversity of shark species that beautify the shallow waters of Florida and the Bahamas. In this first-ever book dedicated to the sharks of this region, biologist…

Thrilling underwater photographs enrich this unique guide to the shallow-water sharks of Florida and the Bahamas.

Agile, sleek, and precise, sharks display many qualities we can admire and appreciate. These marvels of evolution have adapted to thrive in every major aquatic realm on the planet, from frigid Arctic waters through temperate but stormy seas and on into the tropics. However, few places on Earth are home to the amazing diversity of shark species that beautify the shallow waters of Florida and the Bahamas. In this first-ever book dedicated to the sharks of this region, biologist Jeffrey C. Carrier reveals the captivating lives of these large marine predators and describes how they have survived for over 400 million years.

Guiding readers through basic biology, key attributes, and identification tips, the book explores what makes sharks such successful apex predators. Carrier explains fascinating phenomena, including the reason for the bizarre shape of the hammerhead, how a bull shark is able to swim hundreds of miles up freshwater rivers, what lies behind sharks’ remarkable capability to learn and remember, and why many scientists believe that they are equipped with the most sophisticated sensory systems in the animal kingdom.

With the stunning full-color underwater photography of Andy Murch, Jillian Morris, and Duncan Brake, Sharks of the Shallows brings boaters, fishers, divers, and shark lovers directly alongside these unfairly maligned creatures. And not a moment too soon! Sharks are experiencing stresses unlike any in their long history, and are struggling to survive in a changing ocean. They will continue to grace our coastlines only if we care enough to understand them.

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There is so much information in this book, accompanied by well thought-out and stunning images, that this is a publication that any shark lover will want on their shelves.

The introductory material is one of the best overviews of shark natural history and the issues facing sharks I have read... the book is also scientifically rigorous and highly readable without ever being sensational. As with all Johns Hopkins University Press books, the photographs are top notch and the design is beautiful enough to sit on your coffee table.

The introductory material is one of the best overviews of shark natural history and the issues facing sharks I have read. Written by shark researcher Jeffrey Carrier, the book is also scientifically rigorous and highly readable without ever being sensational.

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Available
Trim Size
8.5
x
11
Pages
212
ISBN
9781421422947
Illustration Description
239 color plates
Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
PART ONE
PART TWO
Atlantic Sharpnose Shark
Basking Shark
Blacknose Shark
Blacktip Shark
Bonnethead Shark
Bull Shark
Caribbean Reef Shark
Dusky Shark
Finetooth Shark
Great White Shark
Hammerh

Preface
Acknowledgments
PART ONE
PART TWO
Atlantic Sharpnose Shark
Basking Shark
Blacknose Shark
Blacktip Shark
Bonnethead Shark
Bull Shark
Caribbean Reef Shark
Dusky Shark
Finetooth Shark
Great White Shark
Hammerhead Sharks
Lemon Shark
Mako Shark
Nurse Shark
Oceanic Whitetip Shark
Sandbar Shark
Sandtiger Shark
Silky Shark
Smoothhound Sharks
Spinner Shark
Tiger Shark
Whale Shark
PART THREE
Atlantic Stingray and Southern Stingray
Clearnose Skate
Cownose Ray
Mantas and Mobulid Rays
Roughtail Stingray
Sawfish
Spotted Eagle Ray
Yellow Stingray
Appendix
References
Index

Author Bios
Featured Contributor

Jeffrey C. Carrier, Ph.D.

Jeffrey C. Carrier is professor emeritus of biology at Albion College and an adjunct research scientist with Mote Marine Laboratory. He is the senior coeditor of Biology of Sharks and Their Relatives and Sharks and Their Relatives II: Biodiversity, Adaptive Physiology, and Conservation.
Featured Contributor

Andy Murch

Andy Murch, the founder of Big Fish Expeditions, is a shark conservationist and photographer.
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Jillian Morris

Jillian Morris, the founder of Sharks4Kids, is a shark conservationist, photographer, and videographer.
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Duncan Brake

Duncan Brake, the founder of Oceanicallstars, is a photographer and Emmy-nominated cinematographer.
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