by Juliet Eilperin
Some of the amazing things I learned about sharks in this book (I'd heard of some of these things before, but never read about them in detail)
Sharks are ancient. They predate the dinosaurs!
Shark skin is very tough, made out of the same material as teeth.
Some sharks lay eggs, others give live birth.
A few sharks even give virgin birth. That's right: no dad.
Some baby sharks eat their siblings in utero.
There are about five hundred known species of shark.
Most sharks are small, and many of them have beautiful patterns. Look at this one.
So I learned a lot about sharks, what makes them different, how scientists study them, how our actions are pushing many of them towards extinction and why we should care. And of course, take steps to halt their demise.
Borrowed from the public library.
Rating: 4/5 ........ 295 pages, 2011
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