Swimming with Hammerhead Sharks
By Kenneth Mallory
(Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, Hardcover, 9780618055432, 48pp.)
Publication Date: March 2001
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One of the world's experts on hammerhead sharks, marine biologist Pete Klimley is fighting the stereotype of sharks as primitive and vicious killers. In fact, hammerheads exhibit some remarkably sophisticated social behaviors, including their schooling in the hundreds at underwater seamounts in the Pacific Ocean.
To tell the story of these incredible animals, author Ken Mallory talked with Pete Klimley and then traveled to tiny Cocos Island, 330 miles off the Pacific coast of Costa Rica. There, he had the chance of a lifetime to see these awe-inspiring animals up close.
Kenneth Mallory, former editor in chief of publishing programs at Boston's New England Aquarium, writes, edits, and photographs for magazines, newspapers, Web pages, book publishers, and museum exhibits, especially in the field of natural history. He lives in Massachusetts.
An exceptional addition to a fine series that carries the same hallmark of quality as its predecessors. Mallory's readable text follows the swim fins of marine biologist Pete Klimley and an IMAX film team to seamounts off Cocos Island in the Pacific Ocean to observe and film schooling hammerheads. . . . Full of hammerhead data as well, it will be a useful tool for young report writers as well as a good read, and may well inspire some children to turn to marine biology or photography as a lifelong interest.
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