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Shark Trouble by Peter Benchley
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Shark Trouble (original 2002; edition 2002)

by Peter Benchley (Author)

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Master storyteller Peter Benchley combines high adventure with practical information inShark Trouble, a book that is at once a thriller and a valuable guide to being safe in, on, under, and around the sea. The bestselling author ofJaws, The Deep, and other works draws on more than three decades of experience to share information about sharks and other marine animals. “Shark attacks on human beings generate a tremendous amount of media coverage,” Benchley writes, “partly because they occur so rarely, but mostly, I think, because people are, and always have been, simultaneously intrigued and terrified by sharks. Sharks come from a wing of the dark castle where our nightmares live—deep water beyond our sight and understanding—and so they stimulate our fears and fantasies and imaginations.” Benchley describes the many types of sharks (including the ones that pose a genuine threat to man), what is and isn’t known about shark behavior, the odds against an attack and how to reduce them even further—all reinforced with the lessons he has learned, the mistakes he has made, and the personal perils he has encountered while producing television documentaries, bestselling novels, and articles about the sea and its inhabitants. He tells how to swim safely in the ocean, how to read the tides and currents, what behavior to avoid, and how to survive when danger suddenly strikes. He discusses how to tell children about sharks and the sea and how to develop, in young and old alike, a healthy respect for the ocean. As Benchley says, “The ocean is the only alien and potentially hostile environment on the planet into which we tend to venture without thinking about the animals that live there, how they behave, how they support themselves, and how they perceive us. I know of no one who would set off into the jungles of Malaysia armed only with a bathing suit, a tube of suntan cream, and a book, and yet that’s precisely how we approach the oceans.” No longer. Not after you’ve readShark Trouble.… (more)
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Shark Trouble: True Stories About Sharks and the Sea by Peter Benchley (2002)

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    Life on Air by David Attenborough (themulhern)
    themulhern: Both books are part memoir, part travelogue, part discussion of the industry (radio, books, televison, movies), part science lesson. David Attenborough is the better ranconteur...but he didn't get nearly killed quite so much.
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A memoir with a bunch of science about sharks and other creatures of the deep thrown in. Some details are interesting, like the way the blood flowing from Benchley's ankle turns black as he is dragged further below the surface.

In an apparent attempt to make up for the popularity of Jaws, Benchley tries to dispel a few myths, but seems to add a few of his own.

Not a bad book, but not evidently a great writer, either. ( )
  themulhern | Mar 22, 2015 |
Anyone who has enjoyed any of Benchleys numerous fictional novels will enjoy this fact filled book.

Although the title suggests the contents will just deal with sharks, all manner of dangerous marine life is explored and brought to life using the authors many many experiences and various pictures.

Also included are the encounters that inspired his best selling works and the authors reactions to the media and mans attitude to the planet.

The only reason i failed to give this book 5 stars is that after being told a few time that man is the biggest danger etc etc etc... it got slightly tiresome. ( )
  Bridgey | Apr 5, 2011 |
Very well written book of Benchley's life long study of sharks and sea diving in general. The tales are from his personal point of view and are always woven into his theme of respect and preservation for all marine Eco-systems. I was really surprised how informative the book was and how it seemed to be a natural extension from his extensive work with scientists and video-documentaries. The book begins with an examination of the shark hysteria, which arose from the media themselves says Benchley, of summer 2001. ( )
  sacredheart25 | Feb 10, 2011 |
Written by Peter Benchley, the author of Jaws, this is a factual book, very interesting and it dispels a lot of the myths and legends of Sharks, lots of good stories, though I had wished that it went into more detail. ( )
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Master storyteller Peter Benchley combines high adventure with practical information inShark Trouble, a book that is at once a thriller and a valuable guide to being safe in, on, under, and around the sea. The bestselling author ofJaws, The Deep, and other works draws on more than three decades of experience to share information about sharks and other marine animals. “Shark attacks on human beings generate a tremendous amount of media coverage,” Benchley writes, “partly because they occur so rarely, but mostly, I think, because people are, and always have been, simultaneously intrigued and terrified by sharks. Sharks come from a wing of the dark castle where our nightmares live—deep water beyond our sight and understanding—and so they stimulate our fears and fantasies and imaginations.” Benchley describes the many types of sharks (including the ones that pose a genuine threat to man), what is and isn’t known about shark behavior, the odds against an attack and how to reduce them even further—all reinforced with the lessons he has learned, the mistakes he has made, and the personal perils he has encountered while producing television documentaries, bestselling novels, and articles about the sea and its inhabitants. He tells how to swim safely in the ocean, how to read the tides and currents, what behavior to avoid, and how to survive when danger suddenly strikes. He discusses how to tell children about sharks and the sea and how to develop, in young and old alike, a healthy respect for the ocean. As Benchley says, “The ocean is the only alien and potentially hostile environment on the planet into which we tend to venture without thinking about the animals that live there, how they behave, how they support themselves, and how they perceive us. I know of no one who would set off into the jungles of Malaysia armed only with a bathing suit, a tube of suntan cream, and a book, and yet that’s precisely how we approach the oceans.” No longer. Not after you’ve readShark Trouble.

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