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Whether you fear sharks or just have a curiosity about them, Sharks: The Animal Answer Guide will home school you about these fascinating creatures that have been around for millions of years... Get a copy, you'll be glad you did.

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Why do sharks attack people? How often do attacks really occur? Must we really contemplate a visit to the beach with terror? Such questions come to mind as shark season approaches. Fortunately, the answer to these and many other shark questions can be found in Sharks: The Animal Answer Guide.

(Whit Gibbons Tuscaloosa News)

A wonderfully written and informative book that will be sure to excite and stimulate a new generation of shark biologists for years to come.

(Philip Motta, University of South Florida)

A delightful, engaging, easy-to-read book introducing the cartilaginous fishes and covering their diversity, life histories, and special adaptations, with many fabulous illustrations. The chapters on 'sharks and humans' and 'sharkology' are balanced and refreshing. Helfman and Burgess have certainly done justice to this diverse, interesting, and intriguing group of fishes.

(Gregor M. Cailliet, Professor Emeritus, Moss Landing Marine Laboratories, and Director, Pacific Shark Research Center)

This book is sheer delight to read. The answers to every shark question imaginable are presented in wonderful depth. It’s a great book for anyone interested in a factual and broadly informative guide to all things "sharky." I highly recommend it.

(Adam P. Summers, Friday Harbor Laboratories, University of Washington)

I most highly encourage that all interested not only purchase and read Sharks: The Animal Answer Guide themselves but that additional consideration be given to presenting a copy as a gift to anyone with an interest in sharks... Ignorance and error are indeed a darkness of the mind for which the easiest correction is the introduction of light. To that end, this book veritably glows.

(John E. Riutta The Well-read Naturalist)

Sharks: The Animal Answer Guide is captivating without being too light, and includes all shark facts. The result is a lovely survey recommended for any interested in sharks.

(James A Cox The Midwest Book Review)

Johns Hopkins University Press has produced many fantastic 'animal answer guide' books on a wide range of animals, including geckos, turtles, and porcupines. Now comes Sharks -- and it may be the best of the bunch... [The] books is witty and clear, and should inspire a wide audience, young and old and laypersons and professionals... This is exactly the kind of book this reviewer would love to give to a child interested in studying sharks or marine biology.


Underpinning a well-written and accurate book, what makes Sharks: The Animal Answer Guide so enjoyable was the palpable enthusiasm exhibited by both authors... Sharks: The Animal Answer Guide is written with a contagious passion that will undoubtedly inspire the public of our generation to learn about, protect, and conserve these magnificent denizens of the deep.

(J. Marcus Drymon Bulletin of Marine Science)

About the Author

Gene Helfman is a professor emeritus at the Odum School of Ecology's Program in Conservation Ecology and Sustainable Development, University of Georgia. He is co-author of Fishes: The Animal Answer Guide, also published by Johns Hopkins. George H. Burgess is coordinator of museum operations and director of the Florida Program for Shark Research at the Florida Museum of Natural History.

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A One Stop Scientific Resource 20 April 2014
By Talvi - Published on
Format: Paperback
Sharks: The Animal Answer Guide is a thoroughly presented, exhaustively researched, one-stop information guide for any question a person may ever have about sharks. This isn't a light and airy book for kids that talks down to them about the animal with bright images and graphics; rather, this is intended as a reference and resource for all ages to seriously address the shark species and have at fingertips everything that is currently known about the animal. The book is text heavy interspersed with B&W images as needed.

The book is broken down by type of question. Section 1 one answers general questions about sharks, skates, rays, and chimaeras. Section 2 is full of questions about form and functions of sharks. Section 3 is about shark colors. Section 4 is for shark behavior questions. Section 5 is about ecology. Section 6 is reproduction and development. Section 7 is about shark food and feeding. Section 8 is about sharks and their interactions with humans. Section 9 is about shark problems. And section 10 is about human problems in how they deal with sharks.

The authors clearly have a great love for the animal and that comes through in the exhaustively researched knowledge of sharks. This is a great book for the budding marine biologist or older child either afraid of or fascinated by sharks to help them understand the animal and take it out of the realm of superstition or legend. As well, I enjoyed sharing several of the questions with my daughter to get her thinking about sea animals and to understand the species. This is also a great book for anyone fascinated by sharks and wanting to know more as well.

The afterward by the authors really explain the motivation to write the book as well as its usefulness: "Together, we have reflected on how great it would have been to have found a book such as this one when our fascination with sharks was new."

My kudos to the authors for a fascinating reference book long overdue. Received as an ARC from the publisher.
For those of us who grew up with Jaws as our introduction to sharks, this book will make you want to go out in the water again! 24 Sept. 2014
By stephanie - Published on
Format: Paperback
For those of us who grew up with Jaws as our introduction to sharks, this book will make you want to go out in the water again. It's full of colorful, pedestrian friendly scientific elements for the armchair naturalist, scientist or inquisitive mind of any age. Some fascinating random facts will show how sharks influenced competitive swimsuit design, what wetsuits are least attractive to sharks, and how to improve your keel design next time you design the next Americ'a Cup. Sorry New Zealand - you didn't get the Cup this year, but you still have some amazing sharks in your waters! And Dr. Gene will guide you through every part of this amazing creature.
Stephanie Buffum, MURP/MPA,MOM
Executive Director, Friends of the San Juans, located in the Salish Sea, USA
A must have for all shark lovers and ocean enthusiasts 19 Jun. 2015
By Dr. Joseph K. Gaydos, Chief Scientist, The SeaDoc Society - Published on
Format: Paperback
As a scientist, I was thrilled to see that Helfman and Burgess' book Sharks: The Animal Answer Guide, was packed full of the most current data on sharks and their relatives. As an avid reader and communicator on ocean issues, I was equally thrilled to find that the book was not only easy to read, but fun to read as well. I've already sent copies to all of my shark-loving friends and will continue to share the book widely. I couldn't recommend it more highly.
Five Stars 20 Nov. 2014
By Beeghly Library Acquisitions - Published on
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Great book, timely delivery.
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