We feel extremely privileged to have been asked by the publishers CSIRO, to review this book.
Blake Chapman, author of Shark Attacks, Myths, Misunderstandings and Human Fear
Marine Biologist, Blake Chapman approached what is arguably an extremely emotive topic, and produced a well balanced and highly educational book that tackles the issues of human/shark interaction with empathy. “Shark attacks have become a highly mediated, sensationalised topic and attract a great amount of interest from a wide variety of people. Not surprisingly, opinions on shark attacks can be very strong and greatly divided” (Shark Attacks, Myths, Misunderstandings and Human Fear). We suggest this is the one book all journalists should read before attempting to write a shark related media release!
Readers are presented with well researched scientific fact around shark biology and feeding behavior, and sensitive interviews with both attack victims as well as paramedic and trauma teams and public opinions. Blake provides us with a holistic view to how sharks are perceived, where so much misconception comes from, and clarifies fact from fiction. Additionally, Blake also discusses the issue of how we fear sharks and what the implications of such fear are with regards media responses.
This is a book that is hard to put down, and if you only read one shark related book this year, we highly recommend you make it this one.
Blake Chapman has a PhD in marine biology and her ‘ultimate goal’ is to ‘encourage both the conservation of sharks and the ability for humans to enjoy recreational water activities without the fear of being attacked by a shark’.