Sharks in the Shallows
Attacks on the Carolina Coast
While acknowledging that they pose real dangers to humans, Creswell believes the fear of sharks is greatly exaggerated. During his sixteen-year association with the Shark Research Institute, he has investigated more than one hundred shark-related incidents and has maintained a database of all shark–human encounters along the Carolina coastlines back to 1817. Creswell uses this data to expose the truth and history of this often-sensationalized topic.
Beyond the statistics related to attacks in the Carolina waters, Sharks in the Shallows offers a history of shark–human interactions and an introduction to the world of shark attacks. Creswell details the conditions that increase a person's chances of an encounter, profiles the three species most often involved in attacks, and reveals the months and time of day with the highest probability of an encounter. With a better understanding of sharks' responses to their environment, and what motivates them to attack humans, he hopes people will develop a greater appreciation of the invaluable role sharks play in our marine environment.
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"Jawsome! Sharks in the Shallows offers a comprehensive look into the reality of interactions between sharks and humans based on scientific research, not fear or mythos. A practical, must have guide for scientists, swimmers, surfers and scuba divers who encounter a shark off the Carolina coastline. Rating, ten sharks teeth!"—Dean W. Fessler, Jr., Deputy Director, The Shark Research Institute
"The Carolinas have long been underappreciated as a hot spot for sharks. In this well-researched book, Clay Creswell brings the importance of the Carolinas into the spotlight, especially regarding interactions between sharks and people."—Charles Bangley, Fisheries Conservation Lab, Smithsonian Environmental Research Center
"With more than 200 years of historical data, W. Clay Creswell's Sharks in the Shallows is a landmark publication for scientists and naturalists alike. It brings valuable insights into the indigenous shark species and their interactions with ocean users in North and South Carolina. Individual case histories and appropriate safety suggestions are provided for the reader to utilize. This book is a must for every ocean user."—Ralph S. Collier, president and founder, Shark Research Committee
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