Adult Nonfiction QL638.9 .B46 2002
Summary: Master storyteller Peter Benchley combines high adventure with down-to-earth advice in a book that is at once a thriller and a valuable book about being safe in, on, under, and around the ocean. Shark attacks, though they occur rarely, dominate headlines and generate mass fascination and anxiety. In this book of true stories and potentially life saving advice, the author of Jaws draws on more than three decades of experience on and under the sea to share exciting adventures with sharks and other marine animals, and to offer intriguing shark facts as well as suggestions to help readers understand the ocean and approach it with knowledge, safety, and respect. Are there certain times of day when it's more dangerous to swim in the ocean? How can you reduce the odds against a shark attack? What is a rip, or a sea puss, and how do you do "downproofing, " a survival technique? Is it okay to swim while wearing jewelry, or with your dog? Through true tales, the mistakes he has made, and the personal perils he has encountered, Benchley tells how to swim safely in the ocean, how to survive when danger strikes, and what to tell children about sharks and the sea.
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