Sharks and Underwater Predators
by Tom Jackson
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Pub Date 14 Oct 2023 | Archive Date 20 Oct 2023
Amber Books Ltd, Amber Books
With fossil records dating back 400 million years, sharks have outlived the dinosaurs and many other forms of life currently on earth – they are even older than trees. There are more than 1,000 species of sharks and rays, with new species discovered every year. Through their evolution, sharks have shaped our oceans into the rich habitats we know today. As apex predators, sharks play an important role in the ecosystem by maintaining the species below them in the food chain – helping remove the weak and sick, and keeping the ocean and fish populations healthy. Other deadly predators of the deep – such as the box jellyfish, lionfish and giant octopus – are also to be feared. Did you know the Stonefish is the most venomous fish species to swim in our oceans? Better not get too close – it has 13 dorsal fin spines that release deadly toxins when the fish gets into threatening situations. Learn about the dwarf lantern shark, which is so small it can fit in the palm of your hand; or the whale shark, which grow up to 12 metres (40ft) in length and is the largest known fish species in the oceans today; or the great white shark, the oceans’ top predator and capable of chewing up dolphins and seals with its 300 teeth. With full captions explaining the different species, behaviour and feeding habits, Sharks & Underwater Predators is a lively examination of these elemental killers in more than 180 vivid photographs.
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The reason I enjoy Tom Jackson’s books is not only the gorgeous photographs, but the texts that accompany them. These give a lot of information about what you’re seeing, setting the images in context. This volume, devoted to the predators of the sea, includes not only the usual finned suspects but other species such as jellyfish, rays, octopods, lobsters and even mammals. As usual, the pictures are beautiful, with more color than one would expect from such a lightless world as the bottom of the ocean. The details are amazing, you can almost feel the texture of these wonderful creatures, and see details that are not easily on display, such as the mouths of rays or the spines in crabs’ faces. The blurbs add enough detail so that the reader can make sense of what’s in the photos. Another wonderful volume from the author. Five stars!
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We (my little kid reviewers and I) loved this book! Initially I thought it would be a mild educational book to flip though, but the PICTURES!! Wow. We zoomed in, zoomed out, went back to look again…talk about magnificent pictures. I will say, we were disappointed in a lack of Goblin Shark appearances, but the book itself is well organized, well written, and totally worth the read.