Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Emperors Of The Deep: Sharks - The Ocean's Most Mysterious, Most Misunderstood, And Most Important Guardian

As a young man, I’ve gone scuba diving around the world. I’ve been in the ocean with sharks on numerous occasions, and only once did I feel I was in danger, and that was off Key West, Florida when I came near a Tiger Shark. 

I've always enjoyed watching this great and sometimes frightening creature patrol in the open sea and I enjoy watching documentaries about sharks and reading books about the great sea predator.

Carol Herman, my editor at the Washington Times, offers a good review of a book on sharks, Emperors of the Deep.

There are goals, and there are death-defying goals. “I want to shift the perception of sharks from cold-blooded underwater predators to evolutionary marvels that play an integral part in maintaining the health of the world’s oceans, because this is the only way I know how to protect the species and save the world’s oceans,” writes William McKeever in the introduction to his extraordinary book “Emperors of the Deep: Sharks — The Ocean’s Most Mysterious, Most Misunderstood and Most Important Guardians.”

In a survey that takes Mr. McKeever across the world’s oceans, readers are treated to a close look at the very big fish immortalized in “Jaws” and are given a chance to replace raw dread with the appreciation of what the author posits as one of nature’s most misunderstood creatures. And while sharks still petrify this reader, there’s no doubt that Mr. McKeever makes a glorious — and eloquent — case for why the shark’s beauty, majesty and complexity should be respected.

You can read the rest of the review via the below link:

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