Life and Death with Nicaragua's Last Shark Hunters
By Edward Marriott
(Metropolitan Books, Hardcover, 9780805055559, 288pp.)
Publication Date: March 2000
Other Editions of This Title: Paperback
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A compelling story of sharks, the men who hunt them, and a primeval world on the edge of destruction.
Nicaragua's Atlantic coast is home to the most dangerous of fish, the bullshark, a lethal predator with a fearsome appetite and the only shark that swims in inland waters. Braving Nicaragua's hurricane-torn wilderness of mangrove swamps and brackish lagoons, Edward Marriott joins the last surviving shark fishermen-a fierce ethnic brew of black Caribs, Nicaraguan Indians, and the descants of seventeenth-century English pirates-to sail in a dugout canoe and fish for shark with a handline. As Marriott charts the life of the bullshark, its migrations, its voracious feeding patterns, and the treasures it offers-oil for vitamins, hide for leather, and fins for soup-he reveals lives spent in fear and awe in the shadow of a monster that can sniff fresh blood a mile away. He also tells a tale of human greed: an elemental community, battered by civil war and natural disasters, is now degraded beyond repair to provide bounty for modern-day pirates.
A gripping narrative of risk and adventure, a poignant record of loss and corruption, Savage Shore confirms Edward Marriott as one of our most original and insightful travel writers.
Edward Marriott is the author of The Lost Tribe (Holt, 0-8050-5318-2), a finalist for the Thomas Cook Travel Book Award and a New York Times Best Travel Book. He lives in London.
"...Marriott illuminates both the high art of shark hunting and the good-humored grit of its masters." (Outside)
"A fascinating pursuit through lands ravaged by poverty and revolution..." (Entertainment Weekly)
"A grand and exhilarating tale into refreshingly unknown territory."(Chicago Tribune)