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Guide to the Manta & Devil Rays of the WorldArtist/Author: Stevens, Guy, Daniel Fernando, Marc Dando, Giuseppe Notarbartolo di Sciara (Authors)
Manta and devil rays are some of the most charismatic creatures in the ocean, and yet, until now there has never been a guide to these fascinating animals. Born into a life of perpetual motion, these rays must keep swimming to survive. Driven forwards by powerful beats of their wing-like pectoral fins, these filter feeding rays search the ocean currents for prey, their horn-like cephalic (head) fins giving rise to ancient mariners’ tales of fearsome devilfish dragging boats into the ocean depths.
This comprehensive 144 page field guide includes detailed information on the identification, characteristics, threats and distribution for each of the species within this family of rays. Illustrated with over 200 beautiful colour photos, drawings and plates, Guide to Manta & Devil Rays of the World also contains an expansive introduction packed full of useful information on the general taxonomy, biology and behaviour of these iconic animals.
The guide’s light-weight, easy-to-use, attractive qualities make it an invaluable field companion for any scientist, diver or marine enthusiast who has an interest in these fascinating creatures. It is an essential resource for fisheries management, international trade enforcement, and for anyone wanting to become involved in the ongoing efforts to research and conserve this threatened family of rays.
A Pocket Guide to Sharks of the WorldArtist/Author: Ebert, David A., Sarah Fowler and Marc Dando.
The first field guide to identify, illustrate, and describe every one of the world’s 501 shark species. The book also contains useful sections on identifying shark teeth and the shark fins most commonly encountered in the fin trade. Its compact format makes it handy for many situations, including recognizing living species, fishery catches, or parts sold at markets. A Pocket Guide to Sharks of the World is an essential resource for fisheries management, international trade regulation, and shark conservation.
Sharks of the world: a fully illustrated guide.Artist/Author: Ebert, David A., Sarah Fowler, and Leonard Compagno.
This lavishly illustrated, large-format, comprehensive guide comes at a time when pressures on the world’s shark species are greater than any time in history. This up to date, authoritative book describes and illustrates in detail over 500 shark species, with information on identification, habitat, behaviour, biology, status and distribution. Every species is illustrated in colour with accompanying diagnostic line drawings. The introduction covers the ancestry, life-history, physiology, ecology and conservation of sharks. In addition to the extensive systematic illustrations are over 150 colour photographs and informative graphics.
Biology of Sharks and RaysArtist/Author: Klimley, A. Peter and Steven Oerding.
A comprehensive resource on the biological and physiological characteristics of the cartilaginous fishes: sharks, rays, and chimaeras. In sixteen chapters, organized by theme, Klimley covers a broad spectrum of topics, including taxonomy, morphology, ecology, and physiology. The chapters are richly illustrated with pictures of sharks, diagrams of sensory organs, drawings of the body postures of sharks during threat and reproductive displays, and maps showing the extent of the species’ foraging range and long-distance migrations. Each chapter commences with an anecdote from the author about his own personal experience with the topic, followed by thought-provoking questions and a list of recommended readings in the scientific literature. The book will be a useful textbook for advanced ichthyology students as well as an encyclopedic source for those seeking a greater understanding of these fascinating creatures.
Great White Shark: Myth and RealityArtist/Author: Civard-Racinais, Alexandrine and Patrice Heraud.
Filled with over 100 dramatic photographs, this book follows one research team as it tracks tagged great white sharks, revealing previously unknown behaviors and changing our understanding of this remarkable animal.
SharksArtist/Author: Bright, Michael.
Since people have been going to sea they have been in awe of sharks. Worshipped by ancient civilizations, reviled by seafarers and in more recent years, closely studied by marine biologists, sharks are the product of over 450 million years of evolution, honed to perfection as some of the sea’s most sophisticated predators. Their formidable jaws and teeth seem to invoke in us an irrational fear that turns any shark attack into front-page news worldwide. Yet their powerful, streamlined bodies are also an inspiration to ship and submarine designers and their immune system may hold the key to fighting human diseases. Presenting the latest findings from international shark researchers, Sharks is an engaging introduction to these near-perfect predators. It describes the broad range of living sharks, explores their biology and behaviour, and dispels the myths. Illustrated with over 100 of the best shark images from around the world, this book reveals these creatures to be far more than just mindless, killing machines. Revised and reformatted with the latest research, new images and up-to-date text, this is a comprehensive introduction to sharks and their biology and behaviour.
White Pointer SouthArtist/Author: Black, Chris.
A fascinating compendium of shark facts and Tasmanian maritime history. It also represents the first detailed examination of Tasmanian white shark captures, encounters and attacks ever undertaken.
Here the reader can chart the course of human/shark interactions in the island state, from the founding of the British colony in Van Diemen’s Land to the dawn of the twenty-first century. Richly illustrated throughout, White Pointer South aims to give water-users and the general public a better understanding of the occurrence of white sharks in Tasmanian waters and the threats which continue to beset these magnificent predators as they negotiate the island’s rugged coastline.
Read about changing human attitudes towards sharks in Tasmania from the fear and loathing of sharks in general, to the enactment of legislation designed to protect the most feared shark of all from exploitation.
Explore a comprehensive chronology of Tasmanian white shark captures spanning sixty-four years. Discover the key reasons for white shark mortality in state waters and what can be done to help mitigate the toll taken on shark numbers as a result of bycatch.
Examine Tasmania’s nine recorded shark attacks in an unprecedented and detailed survey that deals with facts rather than the sensationalism which typically attends this subject. Relive exciting and sometimes harrowing encounters with white sharks through the firsthand narratives of Tasmanian fishermen, fish-farmers, divers and surfers.
“This book will be of especial interest to all those who use our marine waterways whether they be above or below the surface.”
Dr John Stevens
CSIRO shark biologist and co-author of Sharks and Rays of Australia.
Shark: in peril in the sea.Artist/Author: Owen, David.
Sharks stir strong and greatly conflicting emotions in us: fear, anger, respect, devotion. This book takes a compelling look at why. Take a deep breath and enter the world of sharks – an animal to be respected, admired and protected.
Sharks and Rays: A Wild Australia GuideArtist/Author: Ayling, Tony and Steve Parish.
The evolutionary perfection of sharks and rays in their natural habitat is truly mesmerising. Despite apparently little need for any changes in body plan over the past 450 million years, sharks and rays have evolved some very complex features, such as body temperature regulation, advanced eyesight and sensitivity to electrical impulses. The aim of this guide is to promote understanding of this often misperceived group of fish, which is increasingly threatened due to human persecution and overfishing.
Sharks and Rays of Australia (Second Edition)Artist/Author: Last, Peter R. and John D. Stevens.
A long awaited second edition of this classic book on the cartilaginous fishes in Australia. This edition covers 323 species of sharks, rays and chimaerids, including species descriptions, full-colour illustrations, line illustrations and distribution maps. Includes 24 new species accounts, and updates more than 100 species which have now been formally named in publications. This edition presents the major changes to the systematics of some groups, such as the dogfishes and skates, and includes updated family keys, upgraded species distributional information and maps, extensively revised text descriptions, reflecting additional fisheries and biological information, revised introductory chapters reflecting the contemporary status of chondrichthyan information and an updated reference section.
Dr Peter Last is Curator of the Australian National Fish Collection, and a Senior Principal Research Scientist at CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research, Hobart. Dr Last specialises in the taxonomy, biogeography and systematics of the Australian fish fauna, and is a world authority on the taxonomy of sharks, skates and rays.
Dr John Stevens is a Senior Principal Research Scientist at CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research, Hobart. Dr Stevens has more than 30 year’s experience working on the systematics, biology, ecology, fisheries and conservation biology of chondrichthyan fishes (sharks, rays and chimaeras).
Green Guide to Sharks and Rays of AustraliaArtist/Author: Aitken, Kelvin.
Fact panels throughout cover a wide range of topics. The pages are alive with entertaining and informative text accompanied by exciting action photography. Other green guides in the series are frogs; parrots; spiders; birds; snakes and other reptiles; and mammals.