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Sharks : the animal answer guide

Author: Gene S Helfman; George H Burgess
Publisher: Baltimore : The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2014.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Whether your fascination with sharks stems from fear or curiosity, your knowledge of these animals will improve immensely when you consult this book.

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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Trivia and miscellanea
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Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Helfman, Gene S.
Sharks.
Baltimore : The Johns Hopkins University Press, [2014]
(DLC) 2013027724
(OCoLC)853435912
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Gene S Helfman; George H Burgess
ISBN: 9781421413105 1421413108
OCLC Number: 877868297
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: 1. Introducing sharks, skates, rays, and chimaeras --
What are sharks and how are they classified --
How many kinds of sharks are there --
How did sharks get their name --
Where do shards live --
When did sharks evolve --
What are the largest and smallest sharks alive today --
What is the fastest shark --
What is the largest shark that ever lived --
Where can I find fossil shark teeth --
How can you tell whether a fossil shark lived in a river, a lake, or an ocean --
Why are sharks important --
Why should people care about sharks --
2. Form and function of sharks --
What is the metabolism of a shark --
Are sharks cold-blooded or warm-blooded --
What kind of teeth do sharks have --
How many teeth does a shark have during its lifetime --
Do a shark's teeth change during its life --
What is the skeleton of a shark made of --
Does a shark have senses like ours --
How good is a shark's sense of smell --
How well can sharks hear --
How well can sharks see --
Can sharks see color --
How do sharks detect electric fields --
Do sharks sleep --
Do sharks have scales like other fishes --
How do sharks breathe under water --
Must a shark keep swimming to breathe --
How do sharks swim --
How do a shark's fins function during swimming --
How long can a shark live out of water --
Why do hammerhead sharks have such strange heads --
What kind of brains do sharks have --
How large is a shark's brain --
3. Shark colors --
Why are so many sharks dark on top and light on the bottom --
Which sharks aren't countershaded --
Are any sharks colorful --
Are any sharks colorless --
What causes the different colors of sharks --
Is there a reason for the color patterns of sharks --
What color are a shark's eyes --
Do a shark's colors change as it grows --
Do a shark's colors change at different times of the day or in different seasons --
Is there much geographic variation in the color of a shark species --
4. Shark behavior --
Are sharks social --
Do sharks form schools --
Can sharks tell one another apart --
Do sharks fight --
Are any sharks territorial --
do sharks socialize with other kinds of animals --
Why do sharks swim at the surface with their dorsal fins sticking out --
How smart are sharks --
Do sharks use tools --
Do sharks play --
Do sharks talk --
What is "tonic immobility" --
5. Shark ecology --
Do sharks migrate --
How do sharks navigate --
How many shark species live in rivers and lakes --
How far down in the ocean do sharks live --
Which geographic regions have the most species of sharks --
Which sharks are most or least abundant --
When during the day are sharks most active --
How do sharks survive the winter --
How do sharks survive droughts --
Are there sharks in the desert --
Do sharks have any enemies other than humans --
How do sharks avoid predators --
Do sharks get sick --
Do sharks have parasites --
How can you tell if a shark is sick --
Are sharks good for the environment. 6. Reproduction and development --
How do sharks reproduce --
Do sharks lay eggs or do they give birth to live young --
How long do female sharks hold young in their body --
How long does it take for a baby shark to hatch from an egg case --
Where do sharks lay their egg cases or give birth --
Do sharks give birth or lay their egg cases at the same times and places every year --
How many young does a mother shark produce --
How often do sharks reproduce --
What is a baby shark called --
Are all the baby sharks in a mother full siblings --
Do sharks care for their young --
How is the sex of a shark determined --
Can sharks reproduce asexually --
Is there such a thing as a hybrid shark --
Do male and female sharks live together --
At what size and age do sharks mature --
How long do sharks live --
How fast do sharks grow --
How can you tell the age of a shark --
7. Foods and feeding --
What do sharks eat --
How do sharks find food --
How do sharks catch their prey --
When do sharks feed most --
How often must sharks feed --
Do sharks chew their food --
How do sharks eat hard-shelled animals --
Do sharks store their food --
Must a shark turn on its back to feed --
Do sharks cooperate with one another to feed --
8. Sharks and humans --
Do sharks make good pets --
What is the best way to take care of a pet shark --
Are any medicines made from sharks --
Do sharks feel pain --
What should I do if I find an injured shark --
What should I do if I find a shark that looks diseases --
How can I see sharks in the wild --
How can I see sharks in captivity --
9. Shark problems (from a human's viewpoint) --
Are some sharks pests --
Can there be too many sharks in an area --
Are sharks dangerous to people --
Why do sharks attack people --
How likely are shark attacks --
Can scientists estimate the size and species of a shark from bite marks --
How can sharks be repelled --
Do sharks have diseases and are they contagious --
Is it safe to eat sharks --
What should I do if I'm attacked or injured by a shark --
10. Human problems (from a shark's viewpoint) --
Are any sharks endangered --
Will sharks be affected by global warming --
Are sharks affected by pollution --
How are sharks affected by litter --
How do people catch sharks --
Why do people hunt sharks --
How are shark fisheries managed --
What is bycatch and can it be reduced --
What is finning --
Is there such a thing as shark leather --
Is there such a thing as shark jewelry --
What other parts of sharks are used by humans --
Are boats dangerous for sharks --
What can an ordinary citizen do to help sharks --
11. Sharks in stories, media, and literature --
What roles do sharks play in religion and mythology --
What roles do sharks play in Western religions --
Did early philosophers and naturalists mention sharks in their writings --
What roles do sharks play in various cultures --
What roles do sharks play in popular culture --
What roles have sharks played in are and literature --
12. "Sharkology" --
Who studies sharks --
Can anyone study sharks --
Which species are best known --
Which species are least known --
How do scientists tell sharks apart --
How do scientists study the movements of large sharks --
Appendix A. Sharks, skates, rays, and chimaeras of the world --
Appendix B. Organizations that promote the study and conservation of sharks --
Appendix C. Websites that provide useful and accurate information on sharks.
Responsibility: Gene Helfman and George H. Burgess.

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