Shark Bytes

Tales of Diving with the Bizarre and the Beautiful

John Bantin

In this beautiful book, diving veteran John Bantin recounts many of his spectacular diving experiences with several species of sharks and other marine animals.
Date Published :
October 2015
Publisher :
Fernhurst Books
Language:
English
Illustration :
86 Halftones, color
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Paperback
ISBN : 9781909911451
Pages : 224
Dimensions : 9.5 X 7.75 inches
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$30.60

Overview
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The popular image of sharks is of a dorsal fin cleaving the surface as it rushes to its next kill, but this is a limited caricature. There are over 500 species to choose from, most of whom are far more frightened of humans than vice versa. In this beautiful book, diving veteran John Bantin recounts many tales of his diving with several species of sharks and other marine animals over the last 4 decades. Accompanied by his own stunning photography, the captivating, spectacular and sometimes shocking encounters show the reader what it is like to get up close and personal to these bizarre and beautiful creatures. The sharks covered range from the great whale sharks to the small blacktip reef shark, in locations extending to all corners of the globe.

About The Author
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John Bantin's life was transformed when he took some time off from his 25 year long career as a successful advertising photographer and television commercials director to go scuba diving. He learned to dive in 1979 and in 1992 it became his career. He has now spent over twenty years travelling the world, diving in all the best places, and gaining many different experiences underwater (not all of them good) which has furnished him with a vast store of anecdotes. He is known as something of an accomplished raconteur in the diving indutry. During his time he has been Technical Editor of the long-established Diver magazine, and has been regularly published in Undercurrent magazine and DYK.

TABLE OF CONTENTS
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Introduction

1: The Great Hammerhead

2: Early Experiences in the Bahamas

3: Whitetip Reef Sharks

4: The French Connection

5: Grey Reef Sharks of the Indo-Pacific

6: Beveridge Reef

7: Hammerhead Madness

8: Dirty Rock, Cocos Island

9: Nurses and Leopards

10: The Oceanic Whitetip

11: Photographing Oceanic Whitetips

12: Bottlenose Dolphin

13: Silky Sharks and Dolphins

14: Whale Sharks

15: Tagging Whale Sharks

16: Whale Sharks and the Thruster

17: Safari or Circus?

18: Bull Sharks

19: Tiger, Tiger

20: The Tasselled Wobbegong

21: Shark Diving in the Golden Triangle

22: The Sha’ab Rumi Shark Club

23: Panic at Gordon Rocks

24: Australian Rules

25: A Dive on the Wild Side

26: Maldives After Dark

27: Manta Mania

28: Dugongs: Mermaids of Years Gone By

29: British Sharks

30: What Eats Sharks?

31: Shark Feeding: Right or Wrong?

32: Is the Only Good Shark a Dead Shark?

Tailpiece: Sharks Keep Messing With My Wallet

REVIEWS
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"It is a wonderful book to read because John writes in a fun and humorous way about what he has experienced. The stunning photographs make this all complete."

- Diver Magazine

"Stunning close-up photography."

- Focus Magazine

"John's memory for detail is impressive, and he brings many a scene to life with subtle flashes of colour that many writers in this genre are not capable of summoning... every page is packed with amusement as well as insight."

- Scuba Magazine

"A wonderful collection of first-hand encounters with sharks accompanied by compelling imagery."

- Dive Magazine

"This enlightening and inspiring collection of true stories gives you a taste of the magical diversity of the underwater environment from all four corners of the globe."

- BBC Wildlife Magazine

“an impressively beautiful book in which as a diving veteran he recounts many tales of his diving with several species of sharks and other marine animals over the last 4 decades. Accompanied by his own stunning photography, the captivating, spectacular and sometimes shocking encounters show the reader what it is like to get up close and personal to these bizarre and beautiful creatures. The sharks covered range from the great whale sharks to the small blacktip reef shark, in locations extending to all corners of the globe. "Shark Bytes" is an extraordinary and informative read from cover to cover, making it an especially recommended addition to both community and academic library Pets/Wildlife collections in general, and Shark oriented supplemental studies lists in particular.”

- Midwest Book Review, November 2017

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