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.
About the Author
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.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
A really informative book on hammerhead sharks. The book discusses the family and its members, habitat, and specific cases where the scientific method has been applied by professional scientists. The value of this book is that it can be used to engage students in a specific study of science. This one focuses on Dr. Pete Klimley, a marine biologist and one of the world¿s foremost experts on hammerhead sharks. His work,methods, and tools are discussed and present students with just how broad an area science covers. Students can use this book as stepping stone to research journals and experiments Dr. Klimley may have contributed to. Also learning about tools used by specific scientists and how these tools work can be gained from this book. I am very impressed with this book and would certainly incorporate it into a middle/high school classroom..
Not one of my favorites in the Scientists in the Field series. The author relates his experiences swimming with hammerhead sharks, but it was not as exciting as I expected it to be. This book includes information about scientific studies of hammerheads including studies about why they swim in schools and how they use electromagnetic fields to navigate. Color photographs appear on every page, but I found many of them to look very similar and I wished there were more closer and varied photos. All that said, I have yet to meet a grade-school kid who doesn't like sharks and this book will thrill young marine biologists.