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Book Review – Sharks of the World: A Complete Guide

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SHARKS OF THE WORLD: A Complete Guide by David A. Ebert, Marc Dando, and Sarah Fowler is the essential illustrated guide for anyone interested in these magnificent creatures. Fully revised and updated, it covers 536 of the world’s shark species and is packed with colour illustrations, colour photos and informative diagrams.

Features:

  • Covers 536 shark species from around the world
  • Features updated species accounts, illustrations and maps
  • Gives an illustrated overview of shark biology, ecology and conservation
  • Includes fin identification guides
  • Provides a colour distribution map for every species

This book is a must for any shark-lover to have on their shelves. The amount of information within is mind-boggling. It includes chapters on shark anatomy, evolution, behaviour and conservation as well as thousands of beautiful illustrations and images.

I have already spent many happy hours delving into the chapters on each shark family, looking up the species that I have seen whilst diving, and spent more contemplating just how many species there are in our ocean and the incredible diversity they show.

One of the things I love about this book are the maps to show each shark’s range and the details which would help anyone identify what they may have seen. The book is easy to navigate too, so you can find a specific shark species easily, or you can browse in wonder; picking and choosing the sharks at random to discover more about their biology, range and identifying features.

If you are a bit of a book geek like me, then you will really appreciate the quality of the print, paper and binding of this hardback book. It is a thing of beauty before you even start looking at the images and content. The love for all things shark practically oozes out from its pages.

I would say that this book should be on every shark-lover’s wish list, whether you are a budding marine biologist or a shark-mad diver. Sharks of the World will inspire you to increase your knowledge about sharks; it will boost your passion and commitment to conserve sharks and their marine habitats; and perhaps, like me, it will encourage you to spend even more time in the water with them to understand them and enjoy them – after all, I have only seen around 30 of the 536 described in this book – so there are plenty more sharks in the sea for me to discover!


Sharks of the World

David A. Ebert, Marc Dando, and Sarah Fowler

Hardback | £42.00 | 9780691205991 | 608 pages | 8.5 x 9 in.

2000+ colour illus., photos, maps, and diagrams

Publisher: Princeton University Press

Publication date: 22 June 2021


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

Marine Life & Conservation

Save Our Seas Foundation announce Ocean Storytelling Photography Grant

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Stories spark the imagination and nurture ideas. They are, without doubt, our most powerful form of communicating and connecting, both with each other and with the world around us.
The Save Our Seas Foundation (SOSF) have a strong history of supporting marine conservation and education projects and believe that to truly translate knowledge into effective, meaningful change we must communicate through engaging stories. An inspiring or compelling story can spur positive action in ways that no presentation of facts can.

SOSF are delighted to introduce their new emerging Ocean Storyteller Grants, which will focus on photography in its inaugural year. The photography grant is led by our own director of storytelling and National Geographic photographer Thomas Peschak, in collaboration with Kathy Moran and Jennifer Samuel from National Geographic.

While they are looking specifically for photographers who can tell conservation stories about our oceans, the call is not limited to underwater photography. Applicants should think broadly – story topics can range from the animals themselves to fisheries or the communities whose lives are intertwined with marine life. Four successful grantees will each receive a fully funded assignment to shoot a conservation photo story on location (including day rate and travel), under the direct mentorship of the Ocean Storytelling Grant team.

To learn more about the grant and application process click here.

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Marine Life & Conservation

Dive Project Cornwall and PADI partner to educate the next generation of Ocean Torchbearers

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Dive Project Cornwall’s vision is simple – eliminate plastic pollution and protect the marine environment to save all life in our oceans for future generations to enjoy and cherish. 

“We are delighted to be working with PADI as a key partner to deliver Dive Project Cornwall, a new not-for-profit community interest organsiation,” says Andy Forster, Project Director of Dive Project Cornwall. “For a long time, I have considered it should be the right of every child to walk on a beach and feel the sand between their toes. Dive Project Cornwall aims to give young people that experience and take it one step further: giving them sight of the amazing underwater world. 

Through their own appreciation of the wonders of the marine environment, we inspire thought as to how we will look after our beaches and oceans and preserve them for future generations to enjoy. The success of this lies in educating hundreds of thousands of young people today, and we are delighted to be able to launch a comprehensive introduction to the ocean and marine conservation for young people and adults alike, in the form of Dive Project Cornwall.”

The plight of our world’s oceans is well documented, and through its global network of torchbearers, PADI® is committed to playing a prominent role in taking action to heal the planet, shining a light on what’s possible, and leading communities towards a sustainable future. The collaboration between PADI and Dive Project Cornwall brings this shared ocean conservation mission to life. 

Dive Project Cornwall will educate hundreds of thousands of young people by delivering an education programme directly into schools across the UK, raising the awareness of the importance of the planet’s marine environment and its vital role in our very existence.

At the heart of Dive Project Cornwall is a competition for 400 lucky teenagers to win the experience of a lifetime; a 6-day, life-changing trip to Cornwall where they will learn to scuba dive, enjoy outdoor adventures, take up beach-related activities and attend presentations from leading marine industry experts. The aim is for these teenagers to become PADI Open Water Divers and PADI Torchbearers – ocean influencers who positively engage, inspire and motivate the next generation to save our planet.

PADI is delighted to partner with Dive Project Cornwall to provide the 400 winning students with PADI Open Water Diver eLearning. PADI Dive Centres in Cornwall will work with the students to complete their in-water training and PADI certification. Scuba diving opens up the underwater world for young people and helps them to develop an understanding and appreciation for it, inspiring them to want to explore and protect it.

“Saving the ocean requires all of us to act together, and it’s crucial that we engage the younger generation in this work. Partnering with Dive Project Cornwall enables PADI to deliver such an important project, educating young people in the UK on the far-reaching impact that local action can have,” said Rich Somerset, Territory Director, PADI EMEA.

Dive Project Cornwall are currently looking for sponsors, media partners and collaborating charities to build the project to formal launch across the UK in January 2022. To find out more and get involved visit www.diveprojectcornwall.co.uk or email Andy Forster andy@diveprojectcornwall.co.uk

“We look forward to working with PADI and all of our sponsors (those already on board and those to come) to positively engage, inspire and motivate the next generation to save our planet,” says Forster.

For more info visit www.diveprojectcornwall.co.uk or www.padi.com

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