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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: McFarland (30 Mar. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786458895
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786458899
  • Product Dimensions: 17.5 x 1.5 x 24.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,302,408 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Alessandro De Maddalena is the curator of the Italian Great White Shark Data Bank and a founding member of the Mediterranean Shark Research Group. Considered one of the world’s best nature illustrators, De Maddalena has produced more than 700 illustrations of sharks and cetaceans and is the author of 17 books on sharks. Walter Heim, a mechanical engineer, started photographing sharks in 2001 and with his daughter Jessica has developed techniques to photograph mako and blue sharks at close range. His pictures have appeared in many books and wildlife magazines.

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By Ned Middleton HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 7 April 2012
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Whilst I have never seen a Great White Shark underwater, I have encountered many sharks and well remember my very first sighting in Fiji in 1979 - as though it were yesterday. As a professional underwater photo-journalist, I make it my business to know the best locations for whatever I may wish to photograph. Argentina for Killer Whales, Australia (Ningaloo) for the Whale Shark and Yap for Manta Ray - but only at the right time of year! If I were ever to consider photographing the Great White, I would probably head for either South Africa or Australia. Prior to reading this book, I would never have considered anywhere within the Mediterranean Sea.

When writing my third book in the mid-1990s about diving in Malta, I was told Great Whites were known to be breeding off one of the country’s remote islands called Filfla. The island is unoccupied and some distance offshore. Consequently, nobody bothers going the extra distance to dive there. Nevertheless, the rumours were rife - although there were far more people who dismissed the suggestion as nonsense. Over time, I formed the opinion there were no Great Whites in the Mediterranean - except, perhaps, for the occasional rogue visitor.

Quite clearly I was very wrong.

With four pages of impressive acknowledgements (all in small print), it is easy to appreciate how this really is a comprehensive study of the subject of the presence of the Great White Shark in the Mediterranean Sea. The co-authors commence with a study of the creature itself and, by so doing, skilfully set the scene for both the subject itself and what is to follow.
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Brilliant book for those like me who are interested the history of the great white shark sightings in the Med. Having worked researching white sharks in South Africa for over a decade the Med is my next area of interest for research. The book is very well researched with many photo's of unfortunate captures.
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This is the first time I have sent something back to Amazon for a refund.
Firstly, let me point out that it's not the books content I am angry about, it is the fact that I paid £45 thinking it would be a nice coffee table book that I would treasure. The book itself arrived with a layer of what looked like water damage on the cover. The pages were yellowed and the paper quality was awful, like something from a kids colouring book. The paper cover was flimsy and the whole book was thin and totally underwhelming.
I was so disappointed as I am a huge shark fan (especially great whites) and try to collect all GWS related books. I just couldn't justify spending £45 on a paper book that looked like it came from the bargin bin. I have no idea why the author let it be published in this format. I can't imagine anyone would receive this book and be happy. I had to pay over a tenner to send it back from Spain as well. Very disappointed.
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HASH(0x9714b480) out of 5 stars Such evidence is compelling! 7 April 2012
By Ned Middleton - Published on Amazon.com
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Whilst I have never seen a Great White Shark underwater, I have encountered many sharks and well remember my very first sighting in Fiji in 1979 - as though it were yesterday. As a professional underwater photo-journalist, I make it my business to know the best locations for whatever I may wish to photograph. Argentina for Killer Whales, Australia (Ningaloo) for the Whale Shark and Yap for Manta Ray - but only at the right time of year! If I were ever to consider photographing the Great White, I would probably head for either South Africa or Australia. Prior to reading this book, I would never have considered anywhere within the Mediterranean Sea.

When writing my third book in the mid-1990s about diving in Malta, I was told Great Whites were known to be breeding off one of the country's remote islands called Filfla. The island is unoccupied and some distance offshore. Consequently, nobody bothers going the extra distance to dive there. Nevertheless, the rumours were rife - although there were far more people who dismissed the suggestion as nonsense. Over time, I formed the opinion there were no Great Whites in the Mediterranean - except, perhaps, for the occasional rogue visitor.

Quite clearly I was very wrong.

With four pages of impressive acknowledgements (all in small print), it is easy to appreciate how this really is a comprehensive study of the subject of the presence of the Great White Shark in the Mediterranean Sea. The co-authors commence with a study of the creature itself and, by so doing, skilfully set the scene for both the subject itself and what is to follow. Further chapters are then devoted to; Records from the Mediterranean (with known sightings listed by country), Summary Tables and An Analysis of the Presence of the Great White in the Mediterranean. In short, we have a thorough work laid out as the reader would hope with all facts and figures clearly provided.

The selection of black and white images found spaced throughout the book are quite fascinating. In addition to early engravings and ancient artwork there are also several pictures of jaws of various sizes from different museums - with details of when and where they originated (as early as 1640 and 1707 in some instances!). Far more compelling, however, are the 60 photographs of this creature (mostly dead) from the entire length and breadth of the Mediterranean dating from as early as 1822 right through to 2011. More than anything else, these images clearly show this particular shark is found throughout this particular sea (north, south, east and west) and is not just an occasional visitor. Such evidence is compelling.

With plans to rewrite my underwater guide to Malta well advanced, perhaps I don't have to go to South Africa after all!!!

NM
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x97149fb4) out of 5 stars At Last, the truth about Med Whites!!! 6 April 2012
By George - Published on Amazon.com
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So many years of anticipation of a book of this kind. And there it is.
This work is amazing, it shows the truth about Great Whites in Med (although there are more speciments from Greek waters...)and the author has done an amazing job for such a difficult tusk.
The book is serious and honest to the reader with many photos of our beloved creature.

For the real Squalo lovers out there and the Mediterranean residents like me, it is a pleasant surprise!!!
I hope more people in the future to take action for this Shark to be protected. This book is a motivation for this nevertheless!

Buy it now!!

thank you mr Alessandro
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x97ed7f54) out of 5 stars Complete and Thorough 18 Aug. 2014
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The authors provide a careful and complete review of all recorded great white shark sightings in the Mediterranean Sea. The writing is not sprightly, but the text is clear and written with scientific dispassion. There is a great deal of information for the interested layman. For example, the largest uncontested size (the shark is preserved in a museum) for the great white is a little over nineteen feet. Nevertheless, based on reliable sightings, the authors believe the animal's maximum length is at least twenty-two feet. This book is an excellent choice for anyone with a strong interest in the subject.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9751b90c) out of 5 stars a must have ! 28 Mar. 2012
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If you want read everything about the great white on mediterranean, don't miss this book ! is a work of dedication from shark expert Dott. Alessandro De Maddalena.
The book is a great research about this great fish, is full of data of great white sharks collected through the years from Italian Great White Shark Data Bank,
which De Maddalena is the curator; also there are exclusive pictures from captured and collected specimens, is a book for shark experts students and fans of sharks.
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