Fact & Fiction: Shark Week!
Annotation:Allen, a National Geographic writer, addresses the popular myth of sharks as vicious, and deadly and provides a comprehensive overview of the misunderstood species. Includes shark legends and tales, and documentations and discussions of actual shark attacks.
Annotation:Examines the natural history and evolution of various species of sharks and rays, members of the same subclass, describing their physical characteristics, feeding, reproduction, human encounters, and more.
Annotation:As a 11 year old, Hunter Scott watched Jaws (1975) and wondered - was Quint's story of the USS Indianapolis true? This question lead to an investigation to uncover the true story of the Indianapolis.
Annotation:Chronicles the sinking of the USS Indianapolis - the worst disaster in U.S. naval history - including the persistant shark attacks, hypothermia, and exposure (which was actually more deadly than the sharks).
Annotation:Oral histories/first hand accounts with survivors of the Indianapolis - "In that clear water you could see the sharks circling. Then every now and then, like lightning, one would come straight up and take a sailor...."
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"...eleven hundred men went in the water; 316 men come out and the sharks took the rest, June the 29th, 1945." (Jaws, 1975) This disquieting quote has haunted movie goers for almost 40 years. However, though Quint's story - while shocking - is factual, what is the truth about sharks? Are they the ruthless killers who terrorized the beaches of New Jersey in 1916 (attacks which served as the inspiration for Jaws) and who brutally dispatched the crew of the USS Indianapolis? Or, are they the misunderstood prehistoric relics of the sea - 73 million of whom are killed yearly by fishermen and poachers. It's Shark Week! Decide for yourself and be amazed. For more: http://on.nypl.org/17fdmJ9