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The Jaws of Death: Shark as Predator, Man as Prey [Paperback]

Xavier Maniguet , David Christie
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6 Oct 2003

The definitive study of shark biology, behaviour and attack, containing graphic photographs of shark attack injuries and up-to-date scientific insight into the world of the sea’s most deadly predators.

Sharks were once revered as man's guardian at sea. Now they are more often the stuff of nightmares and films. This extraordinary book documents the truth about sharks and – through real and graphically illustrated case histories – about shark attacks on man. Yet Xavier Maniguet still believes that 'it is for man to adapt himself to the shark, and not the reverse.'

Biggest of all fish and the best equipped for hunting, sharks are found in every ocean and threatened by no natural predator except the Killer Whale. Built like torpedoes, they have eight fantastically developed senses and their powerful jaws and teeth are unrivalled in the animal kingdom. The shark has an impressive ability to stay alive: shot, harpooned, ripped open, they are still capable of thrashing about and tearing apart their victims. And they have existed unchanged for 350 million years.

Illustrated throughout with diagrams, line drawings and graphic photographs, The Jaws of Death examines:
• The shark's history and biology
• The victims of attacks and heroic rescues
• 1001 uses of a shark – including how sharks have helped police detect serious crimes
• Illustrated section on the 31 species likely to attack man, and where they are found
• The other jaws of death, such as the Crocodile and Barracuda.

The definitive study of shark biology, behaviour and attack, Xavier Maniguet reveals the truth about these magnificent animals. But beware: the stories and photographs contained in this book could shock the sensitive reader.


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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Collins; New edition edition (6 Oct 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007156901
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007156900
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 13 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 625,800 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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‘The water boiled up furiously around him and he swam rapidly for the bank, leaving a reddish wake behind him. Almost immediately afterwards his brother screamed and disappeared beneath the surface.’

The Jaws of Death tells teh extraordinary truth about sharks and -- through real and graphically illustrated case histories -- about shark attacks on man. Biggest of all fish and the best equipped for hunting, sharks are found in every ocean and threatened by no natural predator except the Killer Whale. Built like torpedoes, their powerful jaws and teeth are unrivalled in the animal kinghdom. The shark has an impressive ability to stay alive: shot, harpooned, ripped ope, they are still capable of thrashing about and tearing apart their victims. ANd they have existed unchanged for 350 million years.

Through the stories of shark attack victims and heroic rescues, Xavier Maniguet dispels the myths about these magnificent predators. Containing an illustrated section on the 31 species likely to attack man, and where they are found, The Jaws of Death offers a fascinating insight into shark biology, behaviour and attack, and why man must learn to adapt to the shark.

About the Author

Xavier Maniguet is well known as a survival specialist. He is also a doctor of medicine, pilot and parachutist. He has dived in every sea in the world and has conducted detailed studies of sharks and shark behaviour.


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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
After having been advised by a collegue to buy this book, I can faithfully say its one of the most interesting and inspiring books I have ever read. Having been fascinated by sharks most of my life, I found this book an excellent portrayal of a creature so wrongly judged by so many. I must emphasize that throughout the book I never felt discouraged by what I was reading, as I had been briefed that the sealed section was quite horrific... I can agree the photos are not the nicest I have seen but they are informative and without them the book would have been missing that little extra bit of edge. In my opinion the best bit of the book had to be the constructive dramas, through these pages, I was able to learn of more attacks than I had previously researched and also get more answers to attacks I had queired. On the whole I feel this book should not be missed and to my fellow shark enthusiasts I hope you agree on my feelings towards the book...
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Paperback
I really can't recommend this book strongly enough to anyone who holds a fascination into the mechanics and motivation behind attacks by sharks on human beings.
If like me you consider sharks to be one of the most amazing wonders of evolution, and not just man-eating machines, then this book is for you.
If you do indeed believe that sharks simply exist to make our oceans, their home, unsafe for humans, then perhaps this title may help dispel that myth.
The title goes into great detail behind shark attacks including the creature's physiology and physical 'make-up', and includes many first hand accounts and photographs from real attacks.
Suitable for anyone, whatever their interest in sharks, there isn't much else to say really - other than buy it now!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not for the faint hearted 15 May 2013
By natbite
Format:Hardcover
Informative for all shark lovers, or people with an interest in sharks.
Yes the pictures are a needless gore fest. Quite shocking.
It has really surprising information I had not read before, I always assumed sharks have poor eyesight and see in only black & white.
Don't just buy to see the gory pictures. Much more to this book than that
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