The Encyclopedia of Sharks is a richly illustrated and fact-filled reference on all the world's species of sharks. The author debunks the fearful myths and fierce legends, providing straightforward facts and the latest research on sharks. More than 200 striking photographs show sharks in their natural habitats. Detailed drawings illustrate the anatomical features unique to sharks, such as their fearsome but short-lived teeth. The book includes authoritative and updated information on:Evolution and design of the sharkClassifications and ordersUnderstanding the sharkThe life of the shark -- how it feeds, breeds and migratesShark "supersense" -- how it survives in the aquatic environmentThe need for protection and conservation -- how sharks are now endangered by over fishing and "finning". Also included is a 50-page comprehensive, all-color section featuring and explaining the world's most important breeds. Through its lively text, spectacular photography, and charts, maps and illustrations, The Encyclopedia of Sharks will encourage an understanding of these complex creatures.