Shark!: Killer tales from the dangerous depths

Allen & Unwin
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SHARK! The cry that strikes fear into the hearts of beach lovers around the world. It carries a chill of terror, that death is nearby and waiting. Or injuries so shocking that the mind recoils from the thought. This book chronicles shark attacks both on Australia's fatal shores and overseas. It also records miraculous escapes - some so bizarre they defy belief, and some that display extraordinary courage in the face of extreme peril.

Robert Reid interviews famous shark hunters and other adventurers who speak for the first time about their dangerous encounters with these fearsome predators. Reid investigates the phenomenon of the so-called 'rogue' sharks, those that stalk and kill humans in numbers, in the same place, at the same time. These are gripping stories that will both fascinate and frighten, stories that will take the reader into the realm of these strange but terrible creatures. They have ruled the oceans with ruthless efficiency for more than 400 million years. They are the silent killers of the deep.
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Robert Reid is a journalist based in Cairns and author of Croc!, published by Allen & Unwin in 2008.
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Publisher
Allen & Unwin
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Published on
Dec 31, 2010
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Pages
370
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ISBN
9781742692081
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Language
English
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Genres
Nature / Animals / Marine Life
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This content is DRM protected.
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