Paul de Gelder’s Shark and David Shiffman’s Why Sharks Matter purpose to show the all-too-common public panic concerning the predator into curiosity of their conservation


7 September 2022

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A bull shark (Carcharhinus leucas) swimming within the Pacific Ocean

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Shark, Paul de Gelder (HarperCollins) and Why Sharks Matter, David Shiffman (Johns Hopkins College Press)

BY FEBRUARY 2009, Paul de Gelder had spent 1000’s of hours within the water as a part of his job as a diver within the Australian Navy.

Early one morning, he was conducting a counterterrorism trial, swimming solo round Sydney Harbour, when he was attacked by a 3-metre-long shark. The fish slammed into him with its jaws, pinning de Gelder’s proper hand to his leg. He recollects …

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