Shark (Reaktion Books - Animal)

A glossy hunter of the seas, the shark has struck worry into the hearts of fellows because the days of the 1st fishermen. Dean Crawford now explores right here the lengthy courting among shark and guy, revealing that at the back of the fearsome cartoon is a fancy animal that merits a considerate reconsideration.

With a lineage stretching again over a hundred million years, the shark has advanced into 350 diverse species, from the nice white to the pike-bearing goblin to the tiny cookie-cutter. Crawford compiles the following a desirable narrative that analyzes how and why the animal looms huge in our cultural psyche. whereas sharks have performed a well-known half in faith and mythology, they're as a rule perceived as lethal predators—in such movies as Jaws and Dr. No—or as symbols of usual violence, as in Hemingway’s Islands within the Stream. Shark ultimately argues, in spite of the fact that, that our ill-informed emotional responses, spurred through such representations, have inspired the wholesale slaughter of sharks—and our lack of awareness endangers the very lifestyles of the shark today.

Both a party in their deadly good looks and plea for his or her conservation, Shark urges us to shed our fears and have fun with the beauty of this majestic animal.

Show description

Quick preview of Shark (Reaktion Books - Animal) PDF

Best Nature books

British Tits (Collins New Naturalist)

, 304 pages together with bibliography and index at rear, 19 pages of black & white photographic plates, with diagrams and illustrations within the textual content

Dragonflies (Collins New Naturalist)

Dragonflies are one of the such a lot historical of dwelling creatures - few insect teams fascinate as a lot or are extra instantly recognisable. during this seminal new paintings, Philip Corbet and Stephen Brooks learn the behaviour, ecology and distribution of dragonflies in Britain and eire, putting emphasis at the bugs' habitats and on measures had to preserve them.

The Kingdom of Plants: The Diversity of Plants in Kew Gardens. Foreword by David Attenborough

This booklet accompanies the landmark tv sequence state of vegetation 3D: With David Attenborough. within the final 500 million years, crops have undertaken an epic trip that has not just spanned the a while yet has altered the very makeup of the planet. It was once a trip that started in a dismal and barren international, and has culminated in a planet that's draped in wealthy shades, and overflowing with a range of mystifying orchids, exploding seed pods and snapping carnivorous vegetation.

Deep Country

Deep kingdom is Neil Ansell's account of 5 years spent by myself in a hillside cottage in Wales. 'I lived on my own during this cottage for 5 years, summer time and iciness, with out shipping, no telephone. this can be the tale of these 5 years, the place I lived and the way I lived. it's the tale of what it capacity to reside in a spot so distant that you could be no longer see one other soul for weeks on finish.

Extra resources for Shark (Reaktion Books - Animal)

Show sample text content

An important shark maybe’,8 which has additionally been the reader’s apprehension and dramatic wish: the larger, the higher; and a really harmful species with a telltale rounded dorsal or white abdominal or tiger stripes, even higher. The Belizean divemaster corrects him: ‘Don’ be announcing shark in the event you don’ see one,’9 and the reader additionally feels the rectitude of this correction. Don’t cry shark, don’t cry wolf, don’t displace your anonymous terrors on a fish, relatively for those who haven’t even noticeable it. Stone’s personality is lower than the impression of a narcotic not just while he feels the rapture but additionally while his worry speeds up into panic, an imagined knowledge of the shark because the agent of his destiny. He thrills both in terror and in ecstasy. even though Edgar Allan Poe used to be neither a seafarer nor a realist author, the sharks depicted within the Narrative of A. Gordon Pym aren't magnified or misrepresented. They accompany the send as sharks will, if in basic terms as the send is trailing the oil from lifeless turtles and different foodstuffs. they maintain the boys from bathing within the ocean. They upload to the final distress and dread of the surviving crewmen brief on water and struggling with warmth. even if the send founders, tossing the boys into the ocean with the massive sharks, they don't assault. hence Poe the fabulist turns into the realist in any case. Shark depictions in movies aren't in simple terms sensational yet almost always foolish. Spielberg’s Moby-Dick monster is likely one of the such a lot exact, with the Jaws sequels and Jaws imitations ranging good less than the unique in either construction values and regard for what we all know approximately sharks. Spielberg’s mechanical monster not less than seems like a white shark (even if its caudal fin by no means breaks the surface). The Jaws construction additionally took the time and bother to movie genuine white sharks at harmful Reef, off South Australia, with the aid of well known shark specialists and underwater photographers Ron and Valerie Taylor. Marine scientists and divers – fairly a person with wisdom of shark behaviour – doubt the basis of the rogue shark, however the script’s exaggerations appear average in comparison to the absurdities of the Jaws sequels. Jaws 2 is a much less convincing account of a similar occasions: related police leader, related position, related shark. Jaws 3d deals now not one yet white sharks that experience controlled to sneak right into a Marineland park the place they cover while no longer consuming travelers and employees; the various pictures makes use of now not a Carcharodon carcharias yet a nurse shark. Jaws – The Revenge is the worst, its premise being that the shark, by some means concerning the fish killed via the unique leader Brody, seeks vengeance at the whole Brody family members, following Mrs Brody right down to the Bahamas after consuming her son. The avenging shark isn't just endowed having the ability to swim at supersonic speeds yet is proven to own that the majority particularly human obsession, the relatives vendetta. mockingly, the most effective of the style – at the least from a shark-lover’s viewpoint – dates from this period of ludicrous Jaws retreads, the Nineteen Seventies, and makes use of the Jaws identify.

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.74 of 5 – based on 15 votes