Shark: In Peril in the Sea by David Owen

By David Owen

Dispeling myths approximately shark assaults and providing evidence approximately shark conservation and the background of shark-human interplay, this advisor comprehensively overturns negative and harmful perceptions of sharksThoroughly researched and written in transparent, jargon-free prose through a shark "outsider," it finds every thing approximately those subtle guardians of the oceans. The shark has been the planet's dominant predator for thousands of years. yet in exactly 50 years all sharks became threatened through human task; sufferers of a perilous mix of overfishing, pollutants, and the destruction in their habitats. even if clinical wisdom of sharks is expanding quickly, there's nonetheless a lot to profit approximately those complicated and elusive animals—and for plenty of species it may well already be too overdue. regardless of this, within the well known mind's eye sharks stay poorly understood and, all too frequently, despised. This e-book stands up for sharks—big or small, frightening or innocuous.

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The lure stick is short and light and easy to manage with one hand.  the sharks are attracted to the side of the canoe with the coconut rattle and lured into an openplaited cane noose. The noose is attached to the wooden THE WAY OF THE SHARK ROADS 33 propeller-shaped float. The shark caller holds the float above the surface with the noose underwater. The man passes a lure fish on a pole through the noose and offers it to the approaching shark. As the shark advances, the man draws the fish through the noose and the shark follows.

Hawaiian chiefs reputedly ate the eyes of man-eating shark species, believing that this enabled them to foretell future events. And not surprisingly sharks were a particularly important food resource for island peoples, especially on the thousands of inhabited Pacific Ocean islands and atolls, many of which had limited natural land food resources such as edible plants or indigenous wildlife. The most unusual traditional indigenous form of preparation, and one famous for being infamous, is the Icelandic skyrhakarl, the origin of which is centuries old and may have come about by trial and error, as a way of rendering palatable the meat of the Greenland shark (Somniosus microcephalus), a huge and common animal in a region of scarce edible resources.

Note the propellor float across the middle of the boat. (From The Shark Callers, Glenys Köhnke, Yumi Press, 1974) 34 SHARK Furthermore, the shark callers’ intimate knowledge of sharks and the sea allowed them to make use of shark roads. In the words of the Old One: There are shark roads in the ocean in the season of lamat [calm season of the dry reef ] when men go to call the sharks. The roads are broad, calm tracks of water in which man may see his face looking back up at him.  When larung is shaken just under the surface of the water and knocked slightly against the side of the canoe it sends out many tiny waves which travel like the rays of the sun, out along the smooth surface of the shark roads.

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