Book Review: Sharks of the Shallows

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Sharks of the Shallows is a hardback coffee table book that features information and images of the sharks found in the waters of The Bahamas and Florida. Whilst the book has been written by Jeffrey Carrier, the images within are credited to three photographers Andy Murch, Jillian Morris and Duncan Brake.

The first thing you notice is the quality of the print production, with thick pages, well-spaced text and quality images throughout.

The book starts with a general introduction to sharks and their relatives. This chapter covers the biology of sharks and how they have evolved their incredible senses and the threats that they face in the world today. The pages contain a great deal of information about shark conservation too. The book is suitable for anyone interested in sharks, from kids just starting their education to shark-obsessed adults like myself!

The second part of the book covers some of the specific shark species in more detail. Some of the species in the book are rare or occasional visitors to these waters, and others can be easily found. For each, there is an information box giving the common and Latin names, along with a description and information about distribution, reproduction, feeding, behaviour and conservation. Each chapter has a wealth of images to go with the information, showing the sharks in their natural habitat.

These chapters cover a large number of shark species, just showing how important the waters in this area are to shark conservation. Twenty-Two species are covered individually in the second section of the book, from the huge species such as Whalesharks and Basking Sharks to the common, and smaller, nurse sharks that can be found on nearly every dive in this region. The third section of the book covers skates and rays, again with stunning images to accompany the information about each of the species included.

Sharks of the Shallows is the first book dedicated to the sharks of this region. It is full of interesting facts about sharks in general, and more specific details, such as the reason for the bizarre shape of the hammerhead sharks. There is so much information in this book, accompanied by well thought-out and stunning images, that this is a publication that any shark lover will want on their shelves.

Sharks of the Shallows: Coastal Species in Florida and the Bahamas

  • Jeffrey C. Carrier
  • Photographs by Andy Murch, Jillian Morris, and Duncan Brake
  • Hardback, 212 pages 239 colour plates
  • ISBN: 9781421422947 £26.00

You can buy the book here…

Nick and Caroline Robertson-Brown

Nick and Caroline Robertson-Brown

Nick and Caroline Robertson-Brown are a husband and wife team of underwater photographers. Both have degrees in environmental biology from Manchester University, with Caroline also having a masters in animal behaviour. Nick is a fellow of the Royal Photographic Society in underwater wildlife photography and he also has a masters in teaching. They are passionate about marine conservation and hope that their images can inspire people to look after the world's seas and oceans. Their Manchester-based company, Frogfish Photography, offers a wide range of services and advice. They offer tuition with their own tailor made course - the Complete Underwater Photography Award. The modules of the course have been written to complement the corresponding chapters in Nick's own book: Underwater Photography Art and Techniques. They also offer equipment sales and underwater photography trips in the UK and abroad. For more information visit www.frogfishphotography.com.

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