A thoroughly, thoroughly enjoyable book. Highly recommended.
One favorite part was when she described an intern (I believe) freaking out after going out on an approximately 20 foot boot with the Great Whites. She said something to the effect of the person was expecting the sharks to be as long as the boat, but what they weren't expecting was for the sharks to be as WIDE as the boat. Wow.
Great read that really gives insight into the lives of not only these perfect predators but also the people who study them. That these islands are within spitting distance of San Francisco only makes the story better.
A gripping read! Author Susan Casey really sets the scene for a fascinating read about the Great White Sharks of the Farallon Islands.
Definitely an amazing read! It introduces new topics and feelings about great white sharks, and how we are too quick too assume that they are monstrous killing machines. It includes different studies that shark experts and scientists have run with the sharks, and how they've formed different bonds with different sharks, each with their own personality. I recommend this book to whoever is really interested and wants to know more about these creatures.
I liked it. It is not as good as her other book on waves, but as a scientist I thought she did a good job of reporting what she found on the island she was visiting. I wouldn't look at this book as an overarching book on waves as her last book was, but as a closeup look at great white behavior and what it feels like to study them. She is a little dreamy, but then so is most of mankind compared to me.
I loved this book! The subject was the researchers, their passion and methodology, and not necessarily the sharks, but there was plenty to learn about the Great Whites of the Farallons.
It's a quick read, but I was disappointed that this journalist spends more time talking about herself and how dreamy the biologists are, rather than sharks. In the end, I didn't learn that much about sharks except a few pithy anecdotes.
Fascinating reading about a great topic. Scientists/Biologists doing great work.
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