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Demon Fish

Travels Through the Hidden World of Sharks
Eilperin, Juliet (Book - 2011 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Demon Fish


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In this globe-spanning adventure, environmental journalist Juliet Eilperin investigates the ways different individuals and cultures relate to the ocean's top predator. Along the way, she reminds us why, after millions of years, sharks remain among nature's most awe-inspiring creatures. From Belize to South Africa, from Shanghai to Bimini, sharks are still the object of an obsession that may eventually lead to their extinction. This is why movie stars and professional athletes go shark hunting in Miami, and why shark's fin soup remains a coveted status symbol in China. Yet people and sharks can exist alongside one another: surfers tolerate their presence off Cape Town and ecotourists swim with sharks that locals in the Yucatǹ no longer have to hunt. With a reporter's instinct for a good story and a scientist's curiosity, Eilperin offers us an up-close understanding of these extraordinary creatures in the most illuminating shark encounter you're likely to find outside a steel cage.--From publisher description.
Authors: Eilperin, Juliet
Statement of Responsibility: Juliet Eilperin
Title: Demon fish
travels through the hidden world of sharks
Publisher: New York :, Pantheon Books,, c2011
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: xxi, 295 p., [8] p. of plates :,ill. (chiefly col.) ;,25 cm.
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Report This Jan 15, 2012
  • dinobruno rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Fantastic research piece written with passion in an easy to read style. Read it twice. there is so much information here that i am now going to buy the book and base a thesis on it!!

"The Discovery Channel's insanely popular "Shark Week" series proves that we can't digest enough information about the carnivorous fish. Every child jumping into the ocean or the deep end of the pool for the first time learns to fear Great Whites, even without seeing Jaws. (Side note: Several Hollywood blogs have been buzzing about a rumored 3-D remake of the film). But it has been years since we've had a serious investigative inquiry into the species, and this summer we get it. Juliet Eilperin, a seasoned journalist who has written previously about national politics, dives — literally — into the world of sharks, examining the ways different cultures have responded to and treated the fish over the centuries. She traveled the globe to report the book, spending plenty of time underwater, in close contact with the most deadly predators. What emerges is a detailed and thorough glimpse into the story behind the feared (and often misunderstood) creatures." NPR

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Juliet Eilperin: Demon Fish

Washington Post environmental reporter Juliet Eilperin delves into how humans have viewed sharks throughout history to explain why they are among the planet's most awe-inspiring creatures. Video is from National Geographic Live.

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