Shark: Travels Through a Hidden World Paperback – 20 Jun 2013
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A salutary and eye-opening take on the world of the shark. A creature that predates the dinosaurs, its species present in every ocean and sea, deserves such a wide-ranging book --Philip Hoare, author of Leviathan, winner of the BBC Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction
A dream come true ... The natural history is pretty amazing --The London Review of Books
Juliet Eilperin has followed the story of sharks, and their uneasy relationship to man, across the globe; her intriguing, even-handed account is an eye-opener --Daily Telegraph
About the Author
Juliet Eilperin is the environmental correspondent for the Washington Post where she writes about science, policy and politics on subjects ranging from climate change to oceans. She lives with her family in Washington, D.C.
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When it comes to sharks, the golden age of scientific discovery has just begun she implores, and it's very difficult to disagree with her; she employs a scholarly, well-balanced approach to the topics she discusses (shark fin soup, Mark the Shark and the marine equivalent of trophy hunting, the impacts of commercial fishing, etc) avoiding the cardinal sin of bias in a largely science-oriented publication. Though there is a lot of name-dropping, it is evident page to page that Eilperin has gone to pain-staking lengths to prove the credibility of her writing, and it pays off. This is not, however, to the detriment of the emotional weight her words carry; most shark species have declined by 90% since the beginning of the 20th century due to a calculated "witch-hunt" by people motivated by assumptions largely based on myth and media sensationalism. A South African newspaper put it best: "Even though sharks are a minor cause of mortality for humans, this phenomenon receives an inordinate amount of media coverage and interest, probably due to humans' psychological abhorrence at being eaten alive.Read more ›