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Book Review – A Pocket Guide to Sharks of the World

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A Pocket Guide to Sharks of the World is the only field guide to identify, illustrate, and describe every known shark species. Its compact format makes it handy for many situations, including recognizing living species, fishery catches, or parts sold at markets. This expanded second edition presents lavish images, details on newly discovered species, and updated text throughout. The book contains useful sections on identifying shark teeth and the shark fins most commonly encountered in the fin trade, and takes a look at shark biology, ecology, and conservation. 

Features:

  • An updated guide to all of the world’s sharks
  • Each species is illustrated and described
  • Handy, compact format with concise text
  • Useful sections on the identification of shark teeth and fins

I reviewed the big brother of this book (Sharks of the World: A Complete Guide) recently and was really impressed with the content, images, illustrations and quality of this big hardback guide to sharks. The pocket guide is just as well put together and is hugely impressive in how much information is packed into this pocket-size version.

Every one of the 536 known species of shark is represented in the book, with both descriptions and illustrations. I particularly liked the fin guide and the key to identifying sharks, which I know will be a great help out in the field when I am next diving with these magnificent animals.

Whilst this book is packed with essential information, it is also small enough to travel with, stick in your dive bag, and have to hand in any circumstance. The pocket size book does not mean a reduction in quality either, so the beautiful illustrations, as well as all the scientific detail are all still included.

I would highly recommend owning both the Complete Guide and the Pocket Guide, to any shark lover. But this pocket guide is perfect for those on a budget, for those wanting something they will have to hand when out and about, as well as to just marvel at the shear diversity of sharks and to learn more about how to identify them. I know it will be in my bag on every trip!


A Pocket Guide to Sharks of the World

David A. Ebert, Marc Dando, and Sarah Fowler

Paperback | £14.99 | 9780691218748 | 288 pages | 5 x 7.75 in

550 color illus., 100 line drawings


About the Authors

David A. Ebert is program director of the Pacific Shark Research Center and a research faculty member at Moss Landing Marine Laboratories. Twitter @lostsharksguy Instagram @lostsharkguy

Marc Dando is a scientific illustrator and publisher whose books include Guide to the Manta and Devil Rays of the World and A Pocket Guide to Sharks of the World (both Princeton). Twitter @dando_marc

Sarah Fowler is cofounder of the Shark Trust and the European Elasmobranch Association and a member of the IUCN Shark Specialist Group.

Nick and Caroline (Frogfish Photography) are a married couple of conservation driven underwater photo-journalists and authors. Both have honours degrees from Manchester University, in Environmental Biology and Biology respectively, with Nick being a Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society, a former high school science teacher with a DipEd in Teaching Studies. Caroline has an MSc in Animal Behaviour specializing in Caribbean Ecology. They are multiple award-winning photographers and along with 4 published books, feature regularly in the diving, wildlife and international press They are the Underwater Photography and Deputy Editors at Scubaverse and Dive Travel Adventures. Winners of the Caribbean Tourism Organization Photo-journalist of the Year for a feature on Shark Diving in The Bahamas, and they have been placed in every year they have entered. Nick and Caroline regularly use their free time to visit schools, both in the UK and on their travels, to discuss the important issues of marine conservation, sharks and plastic pollution. They are ambassadors for Sharks4Kids and founders of SeaStraw. They are Dive Ambassadors for The Islands of The Bahamas and are supported by Mares, Paralenz, Nauticam and Olympus. To find out more visit www.frogfishphotography.com

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Jeff chats to… Staci-lee Sherwood about how light pollution in Florida is harming sea turtle hatchlings (Watch Video)

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In this exclusive Zoom interview, Jeff Goodman, Scubaverse Editor-at-Large, chats to Staci-lee Sherwood, Founder & Former Director of S.T.A.R.S – Sea Turtle Awareness Rescue Stranding – about Florida’s latest assault on sea turtles and why the global community should be concerned.

You can read more about this issue in a blog written by Staci-lee on Scubaverse here.

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In this exclusive Zoom interview, Jeff Goodman, Scubaverse Editor-at-Large, chats to Paul Naylor about his new book Great British Marine Animals (4th Edition). You can read Jeff’s review of the book here.

Paul is a marine biologist and underwater photographer with a passion for showing people what beautiful and fascinating animals live around the British coast, through articles, talks, films, social media and TV, as well as his latest book.

The creatures’ intriguing behaviour and colourful life stories are the particular focus of his still photography and video, both for scientific research and engaging audiences.

Paul works with conservation organisations and the media to raise the profile of our wonderful marine life and the importance of caring for our seas.

Find out more about Paul and his work at www.marinephoto.co.uk


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