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Shark Attacks

Myths, Misunderstandings and Human Fear

Blake Chapman (author)

ISBN: 9781486307357

Publication Date: Nov 2017

Format: Paperback

Shark attacks are big news events and although the risk of shark attack on humans is incredibly low, the fact remains that human lives are lost to sharks every year. Shark Attacks explores the tension between risk and human fear and the need to conserve sharks and protect the important ecological roles they play in our marine environments.
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Humans spend more time in or on the water than ever before; we love the beach. But for many people, getting in the water provokes a moment's hesitation. Shark attacks are big news events and although the risk of shark attack on humans is incredibly low, the fact remains that human lives are lost to sharks every year.

Shark Attacks explores the tension between risk and human fear and the need to conserve sharks and protect the important ecological roles they play in our marine environments. Marine biologist Blake Chapman presents scientific information about shark biology, movement patterns and feeding behaviour. She discusses the role of fear in the way we think about sharks and the influence of the media on public perceptions. Moving first-hand accounts describe the deep and polarising psychological impacts of shark attacks from a range of perspectives.

This book is an education in thinking through these emotive events and will help readers to navigate the controversial issues around mitigating shark attacks while conserving the sharks themselves.

Features
  • Clarifies what is fact and what is fiction with regards to shark attack statistics and explains why the fear of sharks and shark attacks is so prevalent in modern society
  • Discusses personal and regional mitigation devices and measures as well as the pros and cons of each of these
  • Provides suggestions on how we can better manage the risk (real and perceived) of shark attack into the future
  • Provides a range of personal accounts and public opinions on shark attack to round out our understanding of these events and to provide support for gaps in current policy
  • Illustrations 19 Photographs
    Pages 288
    Dimensions 234 x 153
    Date Published 30 Nov 2017
    Publisher CSIRO Publishing
    Subject/s Fishes (ichthyology)   Hydrobiology  
    Blake Chapman grew up with a love and fascination of the ocean, but her interest in sharks was piqued when an episode on SharkWeek caught her attention. Blake completed postgraduate research on shark neuroscience, development and ecology and has also worked in aquatic animal health and husbandry. Her continuing goal is to help educate the public on sharks and shark attacks to better protect both sharks and the humans that choose to share their incredible environment.

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