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Surviving the Shark: How a Brutal Great White Attack Turned a Surfer into a Dedicated Defender of Sharks Hardcover – July 1, 2012

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“A gripping account. . . .If you want people to notice you at the beach, but you don't have a fitness trainer's body, take this book along with you. Heads will turn.” (Los Angeles Times)

About the Author

Jonathan Kathrein grew up outside San Francisco with his mother, father, and two younger brothers. He always enjoyed surfing, especially at the site of his attack, Stinson Beach. He was only sixteen when he was attacked, yet he demonstrated great poise and maturity. During and after recovery, Kathrein remains a driving force in shark attack prevention and shark awareness. He leads lectures and founded the nonprofit Future Leaders for Peace, which aims to share his shark experience. Also, in 2009 he collaborated with his mother, Margaret Kathrein, on Far From Shore, which is a retelling of the event from her perspective. They live in San Rafael, California.

David McGuire is the director and founder of Sea Stewards and a Research Associate at the California Academy of Sciences. 



Wallace J. Nichols, PhD is a Research Associate at the California Academy of Sciences and the founder of Bluemind: The Mind &Ocean Initiative. 

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing; 1 edition (July 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1616086807
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616086800
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 6.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,431,747 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dr. Wallace J. Nichols, called "Keeper of the Sea" by GQ Magazine and "a visionary" by Outside Magazine is an innovative, silo-busting, entrepreneurial scientist, movement maker, renown marine biologist, voracious Earth and idea explorer, wild water advocate, bestselling author, sought after lecturer, and fun-loving Dad. He also likes turtles (a lot).

His experiences as a field research scientist, government consultant, founder and director of numerous businesses and nonprofit organizations, teacher, mentor, parent, and advisor all support his quest to build a stronger and more diverse blue movement.

Formerly a Senior Scientist at Ocean Conservancy, Nichols holds a B.A. degree from DePauw University in Biology and Spanish, an M.E.M. degree in Natural Resource Economics and Policy from Duke University, and a Ph.D.degree in Wildlife Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from the University of Arizona. He received both a Marshall Fellowship and a Fulbright Fellowship. In 2010 he delivered the commencement address at DePauw University where he also received an honorary doctorate in science. In 2014 he received the University of Arizona's Global Acheivement Award.

He has authored more than 200 scientific papers, technical reports, book chapters, and popular publications; lectured in more than 30 countries; and appeared in hundreds of print, film, radio and television media outlets including NPR, BBC, PBS, CNN, MSNBC, National Geographic, Animal Planet, Time, Newsweek, GQ, Outside Magazine, Elle, Vogue, Fast Company, Surfer Magazine, Scientific American and New Scientist, among others.

His research interests span ocean and aquatic ecosystems, migratory species, marine protected areas, fisheries management, and plastic pollution with special emphasis on building new of action networks, sometimes between so-called enemies. He takes a slow, collaborative approach with leaders in businesses, government, non-profits, and academia to inspire a deeper connection with nature and inventive solutions to pressing issues ranging from supplies of fresh water to hospice care for our aging population.

His current focus is on what he refers to as Blue Mind, a powerful new universal story of water. In this story society accurately describes all of the physical, ecological, economic, cognitive, emotional, psychological, and social benefits of healthy oceans and waterways. By connecting neuroscientists and psychologists with aquatic experts and artists to ask and answer exciting new questions his work is transforming many sectors, including: health and well-being; education and parenting; arts, architecture and design; real estate and urban planning; travel and leisure; and sports and recreation. His book Blue Mind, published in summer 2014 by Little, Brown & Company, quickly became a national bestseller and has been translated to numerous languages and inspired a wave of media and practical application.

J knows that inspiration comes sometimes through adventures, or simply by walking and talking. Other times through writing, images, and art. Science and knowledge can also stoke our fires. But he also knows that what really moves people is feeling part of and touching something bigger than ourselves. At every turn he encourages people to disconnect from the grid and reconnect with themselves, those they love, and the special places they care about.

His research, expeditions, and work as a guide have taken him to coasts and waterways across North, Central and South America, to Asia, Africa, Australia, and Europe where he continually finds that the emotional connection to waters of all kinds--rather than force or financial gain--is what keeps his colleagues and collaborators working hard to understand and restore our blue planet.

J. is currently a Research Associate at California Academy of Sciences and co-founder of Ocean Revolution, an international network of young ocean advocates, SEEtheWILD, a conservation travel network, Grupo Tortuguero, an international sea turtle conservation network, and LiVBLUE!, a global campaign to reconnect us to our water planet.

He advises a motivated group of international graduate students and serves as an advisor to numerous non-profit boards and committees as part of his commitment to building a stronger, more progressive and connected environmental community.

J. lives with his partner Dana, two daughters and some cats, dogs and chickens on California's SLOWCOAST, a rural stretch of coastal mountains where organic strawberries rule, mountain lions roam and their motto is "In Slow We Trust". The Nichols chose to settle down in this area after trekking the entire 1,800 kilometer coast from Oregon to Mexico. "We liked it here", Nichols said.

To book Dr. Nichols as a speaker at your event or to organize a Blue Mind workshop for your organization, please email info@wallacejnichols.org.

"Nichols draws on science and art, hard data and anecdote, and plenty of experience, to explain our blue mind in detail. Not just what it is, but how we can enter into this state and -- perhaps most important -- why we should do so." - Washington Post

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sharklady on December 4, 2013
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The author was a victim of a gruesome great white shark attack in 1998 off Stinson Beach, CA while bodyboarding. He knew he wasn't alone in the water, having been bumped shortly before the attack. It wasn't until he grabbed the shark and thrust his fingers in its gills that it let Jonathan go, after dragging him underwater for what seemed like an eternity. He sustained massive injuries to his leg, and thankfully, didn't have to have it amputated. Six hundred stitches and extensive physical therapy later, he made a full recovery. The book takes us through it all, from the attack through his painful rehabilitation from his wounds. He's an advocate for sharks, realizing that he was in ITS domain, where anything can and does happen. His story is inspirational and fascinating. I recommend it to any shark lover.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Heiss on March 6, 2013
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If your reluctant reader needs a biography, TRY THIS ONE. It has black-and-white photographs of a 16-year-old kid who survived a shark attack near San Francisco in 1998. His determination to survive and recover, and to spread his message about the importance of sharks, is exciting reading!

There is nothing complicated about this story, in fact, the chapters are so repetitive that many kids may lose interest. But the photographs and length of the book may be perfect for your reluctant reader, or an older ESL student. Give it a try!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Abby on January 15, 2013
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I Loved this book it was breath taking and mind blowing you are awesome and the best author ever thank you
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I enjoyed the majority of the book. The account of the shark attack on Jonathan while he was out surfing, and the subsequent treatment and recovery which followed. Anyone who is interested in, or likes, sharks should find this a good read. It's written in a laid back style, and is probably suitable readers of all ages. There are also photos throughout the book, including his injuries from the shark attack.
Only down side was that later in the book there is a section about sharks and their behaviour. Many of the facts were repeated again and again. I think I was told at least five times that someone on a surf board looks like a seal from below. And most other facts were repeated two or three times, which I found annoying.
Other than that, a good read.
Total reading time : 3-4 hrs (Non-Fiction)
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