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Dec 29 2017

Sharkpedia

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DK Publishing, 2017. ISBN 9781465463128
If there is one section of the library that is just as popular as 567.9, it is 597.3. And if there is one piece of music that still sends shivers up the spine of many it is this . . .
As the Australian summer and holiday season approaches, these creatures will be in the news as people venture into their territory and the debate about their continued existence will rage again.
So this safari with Professor John Bigelow Finnegan (aka Big Finn), a "round-the-globe expedition to study these mighty and mysterious creatures" visiting shark haunts and hideouts to study the habits and habitats of a variety of species will be a welcome addition to the collection. Using photos, diagrams, headings, accessible text and a clever variety of other devices this will appeal to all those who are fascinated by these creatures and who want to know more. As well as the usual facts and figures, it dispels myths, looks at current research and even introduces some of the stories, movies and television programs that feature sharks, painting a whole-well-rounded picture that demonstrates that these creatures not only have a right to their existence but play a critical part in the planet's ecology.
Done with the usual DK thoroughness and understanding of what young readers want and how they want it, this is perfect for both the experienced and novice shark-trackers.
Barbara Braxton

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