Want to add some Shark Week to your reading list this summer? Check out our selection of books all about sharks and ocean life!
The popular image of sharks is of a dorsal fin cleaving the surface as it rushes to its next kill, but this is a limited caricature. There are over 500 species to choose from, most of whom are far more frightened of humans than vice versa. In this beautiful book, diving veteran John Bantin recounts many tales of his diving with several species of sharks and other marine animals over the last 4 decades. Accompanied by his own stunning photography, the captivating, spectacular and sometimes shocking encounters show the reader what it is like to get up close and personal to these bizarre and beautiful creatures. The sharks covered range from the great whale sharks to the small blacktip reef shark, in locations extending to all corners of the globe.
Al Venter has been free-diving (without cages) with sharks for 40 years and has had three of his friends killed by them. The international author known for his war writing now turns his efforts on highlighting their importance to the world’s ocean ecosytems. He regards the shark as one our greatest oceanic assets: remove the shark from the maritime environment and an ecological disaster will follow. For decades, the waters around South Africa have had more sharks – and a greater variety of these predators – than any other coastline in the world. There are several reasons, one being the annual sardine run up the east coast. The sharks draw many South Africans and others from around the world, among them Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio and King Abdullah of Jordan. Working with specialist divers and friends, as well as world-class photographers, Venter has created a book on sharks that is not only instructive but also breathtakingly beautiful and fascinating. Photographers who submitted work for publication include Fiona Ayerst, Morne Hardenberg and the diminutive shark warrior Lesley Rochat.
Shores, seas and oceans are home to thousands of animals: from the mightiest sharks to jewel-like reef fish and armored crabs. This book provides a guide to marine creatures, using an entry by entry approach. Each entry includes a table of information on scientific name, order and family, features, habitat, distribution, diet and breeding. By including fascinating examples from all of the world’s major marine families, Marine Life offers a truly comprehensive overview of marine dwellers from every sea and ocean and gives a sense of the incredible diversity of marine life.
The entries are grouped by order, then within each order by family (and, where necessary, within each family by subfamilies); each family section contains examples of the key species, which are illustrated with beautifully detailed, full-color artworks. For easy reference, each entry includes a table of information on scientific name, order and family, features, habitat, distribution, diet and breeding.
On 7 November 2003 a female 3.8-metre Great White shark was tagged near Dyer Island in South Africa. On 28 February 2004, her tag released itself 37km south of the Exmouth Gulf in Western Australia. The shark, which would later be named Nicole after Nicole Kidman, had swum an epic 11,000 km on her transocean journey, and prompted a rewrite of the life history of these powerful apex predators. Scientists were even more surprised when she was positively identified back in South Africa near Dyer Island in August 2004 – meaning she had covered 22,000 km in less than nine months, using pinpoint navigation both ways.
Many Great whites have since been tagged since and shown to have undertaken long migrations; but Nicole’s journey preceded later mass tagging efforts by 7-8 years.
This story incorporates a mix of science and actual events with conjecture as to what might have happened on the shark’s journey.
Sharks are among the most persecuted animals on earth and Nicole’s block-buster story will provide a vehicle for promoting awareness and putting perspective into the plight of sharks.
Ultimate Diving Adventures
Do you dream of plunging into the big blue to discover the most exceptional underwater experiences on the planet? Ultimate Diving Adventures is the best dive buddy imaginable as it guides you through the depths in search of 100 amazing underwater encounters.
There are classic dives and secret spots, dramatic wrecks and sites where the marine life has to be seen to be believed. Authors Len Deeley and Karen Gargani are experienced divers who have spent many years exploring and taking photographs of the world’s ultimate dive sites. With their expert guidance and stunning images you will learn where to swim with frog fish and pygmy sea horses as well as the best shark and whale dives.
Stunning images bring each dive site to life and lively writing helps transport the reader to a world beneath the waves. There is a wealth of enjoyment and inspiration for armchair divers as well as plenty of practical advice for those who want to take the plunge and experience these Ultimate Diving adventures for themselves.