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IN the more than 30 years Thomas Allen has spent studying the shark, his attitude about these marine predators has shifted from fear to respect.
The Shark AlmanacBy Thomas B. Allen
The Lyons Press
274 pages; hardcover, $35
In his introduction, Allen tells the story of his first encounter with shark. He was on a charter fishing boat doing research for a book and landed a blue shark. He felt revulsion but no sympathy as the shark stayed alive for more than two hours while he hacked out its jaws. Watching another shark neophyte do the same thing 30 years later he felt the weight of what he had done.
The author and contributor to National Geographic discusses the mythology surrounding sharks and the history of their interaction with man.
"The Shark Almanac" covers more than 100 of the nearly 400 shark species in existence, detailing their behavior, appearance and habitat.
Allen also offers information about skates and rays, relatives of the shark.
He details various threats to the survival of shark species and addresses shark attacks, including where and how they happen and how to avoid being a victim.
A bibliography is included, as is a list of shark-related Web sites for readers who need even more than this book offers.
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