The Great Shark Rescue: Saving the Whale Sharks

By: Sandra Markle

Top-selling science author Sandra Markle presents the story of whale sharks—the largest fish on the planet. Facing threats from commercial fishing as well as climate change, they were categorized as endangered in 2016. Find out how scientists are working to study and protect these gentle giants of the ocean.

Author’s note. “Did You Know?” Time line. Source notes. Glossary. Suggestions for further information. Index. Full-color maps, diagrams, illustrations, and photographs.

ISBN: 9781541510418

JLG Release: Nov 2019


Sensitive Areas: None
Topics: Whale sharks , Endangered species , Conservation , Science , Scientists , Marine biology

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Whale sharks are one of the most mysterious creatures of the oceans. Little has been known about their habits and existence. Declared endangered in 2016, they have dropped in number precipitously due to killing, climate change, and encounters with large boats and seine nets. Two juvenile whale sharks caught in a mile-long purse seine net set the st Whale sharks are one of the most mysterious creatures of the oceans. Little has been known about their habits and existence. Declared endangered in 2016, they have dropped in number precipitously due to killing, climate change, and encounters with large boats and seine nets. Two juvenile whale sharks caught in a mile-long purse seine net set the stage for an exploration of the species. Whale sharks are not whales, and the author explains the differences between them. The feeding patterns, migration, and very unusual gestation of this fish are shown through full-color photographs, maps, and charts. Scientists and marine biologists studying whale sharks have made advances in monitoring their migration and life patterns and are working to protect these magnificent creatures. A time line lays out the growing information available to scientists involved in the conservation of whale sharks. The juveniles caught in the net are shown to be rescued and released with the help of divers from a whale shark rescue program. The author also makes a plea for the protection of the much-maligned great white shark. Using clear language, interesting data, and exciting photographs, the author presents information on an otherwise little-studied subject. Well organized, clearly written, and excitingly illustrated, this highly enlightening work is an excellent addition for any nature collection as well as for the study of the environment and endangered species.

Book Details

ISBN

9781541510418

First Release

November 2019

Genre

Nonfic

Dewey Classification

597.3

Trim Size

Page Count

48

Accelerated Reader

Level 6.7; Points: 1;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 0; Points: 0;

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Level

Format

Print Book

Edition

Library edition

Publisher

Millbrook Press

Potentially Sensitive Areas

None

Topics

Whale sharks, Endangered species, Conservation, Science, Scientists, Marine biology,

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