Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water

5 Nov

My dad took my sister and I t see  JAWS  at the drive-in in the summer of 1975, while my mom was away at her brother’s funeral. My title is from  JAWS 2, which I think I saw on TV.

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Author and illustrator, Katherine Roy, explores the fascinating world of great white sharks in Neighborhood Sharks: Hunting With the Great Whites of California’s Farallon Islands.

From the Publisher:

Every September the great white sharks return to San Francisco. While their 800,000 human neighbors dine on steak, salad, and sandwiches, the white sharks hunt for their favorite meal…

We both fear and admire great white sharks’ fierce hunting skills. But how exactly do they track down their prey? Author-illustrator Katherine Roy’s Neighborhood Sharks dives into their hunting grounds in the Farallon Islands, just 30 miles from the Golden Gate Bridge. Roy’s gorgeous, lush paintings and detailed diagrams vividly recreate a day in the life of a shark and reveal why sharks are essential to our ecosystem and deserve our protection. Based on the latest information and abounding with fascinating glimpses into a great white’s life and habits, Neighborhood Sharks will astound young shark fans and their parents alike.

Roy’s illustrations are fantastic and don’t shy away from the brutality of a shark hunt. But the text and illustrations also point out the important role sharks play in the ecosystems in which they live. She  also details what makes them such incredible hunters, and what scientists are doing to try to understand and protect them better. There is some pretty cool stuff on shark anatomy, too.

Shark lovers will be especially fascinated by this book,  but it is a solid piece of non-fiction for anyone interested in nature.

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