Sunday, April 25, 2010

Sharks up close!

I just received my copy of Jimmy's book.

In a nutshell, it's the best book about Sharks, ever.
I understand that it may have been intended for children - but it's exactly the simplicity of its language and the clarity of its message that make it so compelling. No Shark hugging pseudoscience and exaggerated doomsday scenarios here, just a depiction of what Sharks really are: charismatic and awe inspiring, essential for maintaining the balance of their habitats and at the same time, fragile and highly endangered.

And then, there's this:
The true and gentle nature of Sharks is not typically captured or conveyed to the public. Their fundamental character is one of curiosity and innocence, similar to most animals', not what the media portrays.
Yes, this man truly understands!

And how about the photography: simply outstanding!
Maybe with the exception of some of Wolfgang's pix that are completely different and in a league of their own, the portrait on page 78 is without a doubt the best picture ever taken on Tiger Beach, period; the Stingray on page 42 and the Remora cleaning station on page 35 may well be the first ever published records of those behaviors; and I love that Dog and what it stands for!

Valerie who saw the book and was equally impressed commented that everybody should have it and give it to all of their friends - how about that for an endorsement to complement the others!
I fully concur: cheap and highly effective, it could well create more Shark lovers than all of our clamoring and petitioning combined!

My only regret: it's way too small!
Jimmy, where is the coffee table book???


3 comments:

Shark Diver said...

I also was impressed, those images are stunning and highly original. Jimmy is in a league of his own when it comes to underwater photography.

The Sharkman said...

Must be another one for my huge collection.

:-)

DaShark said...

Yup if there ever was a must have, this is it!