New Shark Book by Top Shark Experts
| April 30, 2014
BALTIMORE, MD - Answering every conceivable question about sharks, authors Gene Helfman and George H. Burgess describe the fascinating biology, behavior, diversity (there are more than 1,000 species worldwide), and cultural importance of sharks, their close relationship to skates and rays, and their critical role in healthy ecosystems in their new book Sharks: The Animal Answer Guide.

Helfman and Burgess take readers on a round‐the‐world tour of shark habitats, which include oceans as well as lakes and even rivers (as far up the Mississippi as St. Louis). They describe huge, ferocious predators like (Great) White and Tiger sharks and species such as Basking and Whale sharks that feed on microscopic prey yet can grow to lengths of more than 40 feet. The mysterious and powerful Greenland shark, the authors explain, reaches a weight of 2,200 pounds on a diet of seal flesh. Small (less than twofeet long) Cookiecutter sharks attack other sharks and even take a chunk out of the occasional swimmer.

Despite our natural fascination with sharks, we have become their worst enemy. Many shark species are in serious decline and a number are threatened with extinction as a result of overfishing and persecution. Sharks: The Animal Answer Guide presents a perfect mix of current science, history, anthropology, intriguing facts, and gripping photographs. Whether your fascination with sharks stems from fear or curiosity, your knowledge of these animals will improve immensely when you consult this book.

Gene Helfman is a professor emeritus at the Odum School of Ecology's Program in Conservation Ecology and Sustainable Development, University of Georgia. He is coauthor of Fishes: The Animal Answer Guide, also published by Johns Hopkins. George H. Burgess is coordinator of museum operations and director of the Florida Program for Shark Research at the Florida Museum of Natural History.

"A wonderfully written and informative book that will be sure to excite and stimulate a new generation of shark biologists for years to come."-Philip Motta, University of South Florida

"A delightful, engaging, easy‐to‐read book introducing the cartilaginous fishes and covering their diversity, life histories, and special adaptations, with many fabulous illustrations. The chapters on 'sharks and humans' and 'sharkology' are balanced and refreshing. Helfman and Burgess have certainly done justice to this diverse, interesting, and intriguing group of fishes."-Gregor M. Cailliet, Professor Emeritus, Moss Landing Marine Laboratories, and Director, Pacific Shark Research Center

"This book is sheer delight to read. The answers to every shark question imaginable are presented in wonderful depth. It's a great book for anyone interested in a factual and broadly informative guide to all things 'sharky.' I highly recommend it." -Adam P. Summers, Friday Harbor Laboratories, University of Washington.

Sharks: The Animal Answer Guide is available in paperback or e‐book for $26.95. It is also available in hardcover for $50. Johns Hopkins University Press offers a 30% discount on all purchases placed directly through the publisher. To order visit or call 800‐537‐5487 and use promo code HNAF.

The Animal Answer Guide
Gene Helfman and George H. Burgess
Publication Date: May 2014
7 x 10, 288 pp., 34 color photos, 72 halftones, 10 line drawings
978‐1‐4214‐1309‐9 $26.95 paperback
978‐1‐4214‐1308‐2 $50.00 hardcover
Also available as an e‐book


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