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Demon Fish Travels Through the Hidden World of Sharks

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ISBN-10: 0307386805

ISBN-13: 9780307386809

Edition: N/A

Authors: Juliet Eilperin

List price: $19.00
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A group of traders huddles around a pile of dried shark fins on a gleaming white floor in Hong Kong. A Papua New Guinean elder shoves off in his hand-carved canoe, ready to summon a shark with ancient magic. A scientist finds a rare shark in Indonesia and forges a deal with villagers so it and other species can survive.In this eye-opening adventure that spans the globe, Juliet Eilperin investigates the fascinating ways different individuals and cultures relate to the ocean’s top predator. Along the way, she reminds us why, after millions of years, sharks remain among nature’s most awe-inspiring creatures.From Belize to South Africa, from Shanghai to Bimini, we see that sharks are still the object of an obsession that may eventually lead to their extinction. This is why movie stars and professional athletes go shark hunting in Miami and why shark’s fin soup remains a coveted status symbol in China. Yet we also see glimpses of how people and sharks can exist alongside one another: surfers tolerating their presence off Cape Town and ecotourists swimming with sharks that locals in the Yucatán no longer have to hunt.With a reporter’s instinct for a good story and a scientist’s curiosity, Eilperin offers us an up-close understanding of these extraordinary, mysterious creatures in the most entertaining and illuminating shark encounter you’re likely to find outside a steel cage.From the Hardcover edition.
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Book details

List price: $19.00
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 7/24/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 328
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

Introduction: Shark
The World-Famous Shark Caller
An Ancient Fish
A Demon Fish
Dried Seafood Street
The Shark Sleuths
Shark Trackers
Living with Sharks
Fish Fight
Gawking at Jaws
Conclusion: Shark Nirvana
Acknowledgments
Notes
Bibliography
Index