Sharks

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Michael Bright

This comprehensive introduction to sharks and their biology and behaviour is illustrated with over 100 of the best shark photographs from around the world.

ISBN:
978 0 565 09159 0
Format:
Paperback
Price:
£9.95
Published:
February 2002
Size:
235 x 210 mm
Extent:
112 pp
Illustrations:
Colour throughout
Publisher:
Natural History Museum

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Sharks have been worshipped by ancient civilizations, reviled by seafarers, consumed by gourmets and studied by marine biologists. Their powerful, streamlined bodies inspire ship and submarine designers and their immune system may help in fighting diseases. Yet, it is their formidable jaws and teeth that invoke fear that turns any shark attack into frontpage news.

Michael Bright's exploration of the latest findings from research groups worldwide reveals sharks to be much more than just mindless killing machines. It shows how sharks are the product of over 450 million years of evolution, honed to perfection as some of the sea's most sophisticated predators. Spectacular photographs help turn a creature that scared us into one that inspires.

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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, including the recently published The Pride. Sharks have been a special interest, with numerous publications on the subject.

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"It presents a vivid overview of these fascinating and often misrepresented animals. With chapters covering shark biology, behaviour and ancestry, as well as sections on individual groups, Sharks shows how 450 million years of evolution have created the sea's most sophisticated and awe inspiring predators. Spectacular colour photography, including the work of award winning photographer Tom Campbell and easy-to-follow diagrams make Sharks a comprehensive and up-to-date reference for anyone with a keen interest in these intriguing animals. It will be particularly useful for school project work."

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