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- ASIN : B077GHMGPF
- Publisher : CSIRO PUBLISHING; Illustrated edition (November 1, 2017)
- Publication date : November 1, 2017
- Language : English
- File size : 3590 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 288 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,947,150 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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If we want to do our best to deter future attacks, we need to do our research, not haphazardly implement mitigation measures. This book presents what we know so far. Unfortunately, it makes clear our knowledge is too scant in many areas. Multiple personal and regional shark deterrents have too little research associated to determine which may be effective and how we can create better measures.
This book will help best if it guides future research and policy. The more knowledgeable we are as a public, the more we will demand research and education programs instead of reactionary measures that have questionable results.
The main problem though with the book is, that information is hard to find. Unless you read the book cover to cover like I did, you'll miss a lot of it. It isn't really very reader friendly at all. It reads more like a university thesis with long paragraphs and references. If you wanted to know something like should I get a venomous snake looking wet-suit because someone told me sharks won't bite that, you might give up before finding out that you definitely should not, since Tiger sharks love eating those snakes, and venomous doesn't mean poisonous, so why would any sharks avoid eating your arm or whatever if they think it is one.
There's also in small or sometimes multiple page grey text box, pieces written by shark attack victims, and others who have dealt with the aftermath of attacks, lifeguards, paramedics, surgeons. A lot of these relive the attack for the reader and the aftermath, most give opinions on if they think something should happen to remove that shark from the ocean or sharks in general. Surprisingly there's only two a paramedic from Esperance an isolated town of ten thousand people in the South of Western Australia, and a friend of a shark attack victim who actually want sharks killed off. Which is refreshing to read. I remember the outcry when the Western Australian government started killing innocent endangered sharks and it's books like this that will hopefully convert the uneducated on shark attacks who see Jaws as a documentary rather than the successful B grade monster attack film it was.
There isn't really much information on sharks themselves, or their importance to the ecosystem on these pages. I would have liked to have seen more as I think that sort of information makes the paranoid "kill it because I'm afraid of it" voice change their ways. The book concentrates on the shark attack and the different methods governments around the world use or have used in the past to keep swimmers, surfers, and other recreational water users safe. The book doesn't give you any sure safe way to enter the ocean and make it out intact, or things governments should do, because simply no one has invented those things yet, but it definitely gives you more knowledge.