Shark Attacks
Myths, Misunderstandings and Human Fear

Paper: 978 1 4863 0735 7 / $29.95
Published: October 2017  

Publisher: CSIRO Publishing
288 pp., 6" x 9 1/5"
19 photos
Humans spend more time in or on the water than ever before. We love the beach, but for many people, getting in the water provokes a moment’s hesitation. Shark attacks are big news events, and although the risk of shark attack on humans is incredibly low, the fact remains that human lives are lost to sharks every year.

Shark Attacks explores the tension between risk and human fear and the need to conserve sharks and protect the important ecological roles they play in our marine environments. Marine biologist Blake Chapman presents scientific information about shark biology, movement patterns, and feeding behavior. She discusses the role of fear in the way we think about sharks and the influence of the media on public perceptions. Moving first-hand accounts describe the deep and polarizing psychological impacts of shark attacks from a range of perspectives.

This book is an education in thinking through these emotive events and will help readers to navigate the controversial issues around mitigating shark attacks while conserving the sharks themselves.

Table of Contents:
1: Introduction to sharks
2: Shark biology and basics
3: Shark attacks, deconstructed
4: The role of the media in shark attacks: the good, the bad and the ugly
5: The fear of the improbable: human psychology and shark attack
6: How to lessen the risk of shark attack: personal mitigation strategies
7: Shark bite first aid and trauma medicine
8: Human-wildlife conflict and regional management
9: Regional shark attack mitigation measures: what are they based on and do they work?
10: Legislation relating to shark attack mitigation
11: Looking towards the future