Demon Fish:  Travels Through The Hidden World Of Sharks

Demon Fish: Travels Through The Hidden World Of Sharks

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A group of traders huddles around a pile of dried shark fins on a gleaming white floor in Hong Kong. A Papua New Guinean elder shoves off in his hand-carved canoe, ready to summon a shark with ancient magic. A scientist finds a rare shark in Indonesia and forges a deal with villagers so it and other species can survive.

In this eye-opening adventure that spans the globe, Juliet Eilperin investigates the fascinating 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, we see that 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 we also see glimpses of how people and sharks can exist alongside one another: surfers tolerating their presence off Cape Town and ecotourists swimming with sharks that locals in the Yucatán 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, mysterious creatures in the most entertaining and illuminating shark encounter you’re likely to find outside a steel cage.



Baker & Taylor
An investigation into the ways in which people and cultures relate to and engage with sharks covers Papua New Guinea's creation myths, the finning practices of mainland China, and the counsel of a Miami shark-fishing guide to his celebrity clients.

Baker
& Taylor

A global investigation into the surprising ways in which people and cultures relate to and engage with sharks includes coverage of Papua New Guinea's creation myths, the finning practices of mainland China and the counsel of a Miami shark-fishing guide to his celebrity clients.

Publisher: Pantheon Books, 2011
ISBN: 9780375425127
Characteristics: 295 p

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dinobruno Jan 15, 2012

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!!

debwalker Jun 07, 2011

"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."
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