“Sharks: A Golden Guide from St Martin’s Press” by Andrea Gibson, Illustrated by Robin Carter (St. Martin’s Press, 2003)

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Did you know that when you’re about to be bitten in half by a great white shark, its jaws actually extend out of its mouth for a better bite, while a protective coating covers its eyelids to prevent anything poking it in the eyes?  Sharks will probably be one of the most useful books that you will ever own if you like to go swimming a lot.  With the detailed description and colorful illustrations, you will be able to tell your mako shark bite from your tiger shark bite.

With a detailed introduction on how the giant dinosaur-sized sharks of the past evolved into the ones we know today – making it literally one of the oldest fish in the sea – as well as specifications on differentiating between sharks, the book is a useful tool for any would-be marine biologist.  And once you have this pocket-sized book you can show off to your friends about the Carcharaon carcharias you ran into the other day: they’ll have no idea what you’re talking about while you’ll know you mean at great white.

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Originally published on March 3rd, 2003 ©Alex C. Telander.

Originally published in the Long Beach Union.

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