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Shark Attacks: Myths, Misunderstandings and Human Fear
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Blake Chapman
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Shark Attacks: Myths, Misunderstandings and Human Fear

Blake Chapman


9781486307357

CSIRO Publishing


Service industries;
Personal & public health;
Mathematics & Sciences;
Science: general issues;
Popular science;
Zoology & animal sciences


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288 pages

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Humans spend more time in or on the water than ever before; we love the beach. But for many people, getting in the water provokes a moment's hesitation. Shark attacks are big news events and although the risk of shark attack on humans is incredibly low, the fact remains that human lives are lost to sharks every year.

Shark Attacks explores the tension between risk and human fear, and the need to conserve sharks and protect the important ecological roles they play in our marine environments. Marine biologist Blake Chapman presents scientific information about shark biology, movement patterns, and feeding behaviour. She also discusses the role of fear in the way we think about sharks and the influence of the media on public perceptions. Moving first-hand accounts describe the deep and polarising psychological impacts of shark attacks from a range of perspectives.

This book is an education in thinking through these emotive events and will help readers to navigate the controversial issues around mitigating shark attacks while conserving the sharks themselves.

By:   Blake Chapman
Imprint:   CSIRO Publishing
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 153mm, 
Weight:   618g
ISBN:   9781486307357
ISBN 10:   1486307353
Pages:   288
Publication Date:   November 2017
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Blake Chapman grew up with a love and fascination of the ocean, but her interest in sharks was piqued when an episode on SharkWeek caught her attention. Blake completed postgraduate research on shark neuroscience, development and ecology and has also worked in aquatic animal health and husbandry. Her continuing goal is to help educate the public on sharks and shark attacks to better protect both sharks and the humans that choose to share their incredible environment.


In Shark Attacks: Myths, Misunderstandings and Human Fear, author and shark researcher Blake Chapman deftly explores the tension between risk and human fear and the need to conserve sharks and protect the important ecological roles they play in our marine environments. A marine biologist, Chapman presents scientific information about shark biology, movement patterns, and feeding behavior. She discusses the role of fear in the way we think about sharks and the influence of the media on public perceptions. Moving first-hand accounts describe the deep and polarizing psychological impacts of shark attacks from a range of perspectives. Shark Attacks is an education in thinking through these emotive events and will help readers to navigate the controversial issues around mitigating shark attacks while conserving the sharks themselves. Exceptionally well written, organized and presented, Shark Attacks is an impressively informative and highly recommended addition to both community and academic library collections, and will prove to be of special interest to students and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject of sharks. --Midwest Book Review

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