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Sharks in Question.

Some Questions and Answers on Sharks

"Sharks in Question," by Victor G. Springer and Joy P. Gold, has been published by the Smithsonian Institution Press, 470 L'Enfant Plaza, Suite 7100, Washington, DC 20560. Subtitled "The Smithsonian answer book," it provides authoritative data on the biology and lives of many important species of sharks. Springer is a curator in the National Museum of Natural History's Division of Fisheries and Gold is an information specialist in the NMNH Department of Vertebrate Zoology, and they have combined to produce a handy reference on the many questions asked by the public about sharks, drawing on recent scientific research.

The book is divided into five parts, with Part I presenting a broad array of shark facts," including how and why they swim, whether they sleep, their color, speed, sounds, size, lifespan, reproduction, prey detection, intelligence, food and feeding, and much more. Part 2 briefly reviews the "supersharks," the great white, whale shark, hammerheads, bull shark, blue shark, shortfin mako, basking shark, thresher shark, tiger shark, and the blacktip, gray, and whitetip sharks.

Part 3 is devoted to shark attack-show serious the threat is, which species are dangerous, where and how attacks occur, and how to avoid or repel attacks. Part 4 discusses the utilization of sharks, how to become a shark specialist, and what more we can learn about them, while Part 5 provides appended material on shark classification, common and scientific names, and lengths of selected sharks. Indexed, the 187-page paperbound volume is a useful reference on shark lore that can help answer most of the questions a general audience would have. Cost is $39.95 (cloth) and $15.95 (paper).
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Publication:Marine Fisheries Review
Article Type:Book Review
Date:Mar 22, 1989
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