Get closer to the beauty and power of sharks with award-winning National Geographic photographer Brian Skerry as he illustrates their remarkable evolutionary adaptations and their huge importance to marine ecosystems around the world.
For decades, acclaimed underwater photographer Brian Skerry has braved ocean depths and the jaws of predatory giants to capture the most remarkable photographs of sharks around the world. In this collection of the best of those pictures, Skerry draws on his growing personal respect for these animals to share intimate stories of their impact. Focusing on four key species—great white, whitetip, tiger, and mako sharks—Skerry’s photographs span from his early work, photographing them from cages, to his recent unencumbered scuba dives. With additional text by top National Geographic writers, Skerry’s images and stories encourage a change in attitude toward these top predators, ultimately showing how they are the keys to the healthy balance of nature underwater.
“Full of stunning underwater photography, fascinating facts and shark-reverant prose.”—Los Angeles Times
“Brian Skerry has devoted much of his career to capturing, in his words, ‘intimate portraits’ of sharks. In his new book, Shark, you can come along for the ride to the shallow waters of Cape Cod, the shores of New Zealand’s North Island, and the mangroves of the Bahamas. This book not only lets you see these ancient predators in their native habitat, it provides the kinds of facts and context that satisfies the curiosity of novices and shark junkies alike. Driven by a sense of urgency that these species are under threat, Skerry has assembled a set of stunning images that show exactly what’s now at stake.”—Juliet Eilperin, Washington Post staff writer and author of Demon Fish: Travels Through the Hidden World of Sharks
“Powerful images bring to life the reality of these ocean predators and the plights they face for survival…fascinating, hair-raising and inspiring…The book reminds readers that saving sharks isn’t simply about doing the right thing, it’s also about doing something critical to the overall health of the sea” –Mother Nature Network