Sharks

Michael Bright

Presenting the latest findings from international shark researchers, this is an engaging introduction to these near-perfect predators.

ISBN:
978 0 565 09289 4
Format:
Paperback
Price:
£12.99
Published:
October 2011
Size:
253 x 192 mm
Extent:
128 pp
Illustrations:
Colour throughout
Publisher:
Natural History Museum

Details

Illustrated with over 100 spectacular shark images from around the world, Sharks describes the broad range of living sharks, explores their biology and behaviour, and dispels the myths. 

Fully revised and reformatted with the latest research, new images and up-to-date text, the book reveals these creatures to be far more than just mindless, killing machines. 

Since people have been going to sea they have been in awe of sharks. Worshipped by ancient civilisations, reviled by seafarers and, in more recent years, closely studied by marine biologists, sharks are the product of over 450 million years of evolution, honed to perfection as some of the sea’s most sophisticated predators.

Their formidable jaws and teeth seem to invoke in us an irrational fear that turns any shark attack into front-page news worldwide. Yet their powerful, streamlined bodies are also an inspiration to ship and submarine designers and their immune system may hold the key to fighting human diseases.

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Author

Michael Bright recently retired as executive producer with the BBC Natural History Unit, based in Bristol, and is now a freelance author and scriptwriter. 

He has been a producer in many parts of the BBC, including departments responsible for science, arts, general documentaries, current affairs and natural history programmes, both on radio and television, and was a recipient of the prestigious Prix Italia for the programme Men, Nations and Whales: will the bloody story ever end?

He is a graduate of the University of London and author of over 90 books on natural history, natural sciences, conservation and the environment. Sharks have been of special interest, and he has produced numerous publications on the subject.

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