Emperors of the Deep: Sharks-The Ocean’s Most Mysterious, Most Misunderstood and Most Important Guardians

The Shark- Nature’s greatest ocean predator yet in trouble

In the new book, William McKeever, author of EMPERORS OF THE DEEP: Sharks—The Ocean’s Most Mysterious, Most Misunderstood, and Most Important Guardians (HarperOne; July 2019; ISBN: 9780062880321; $25.99; Hardcover); dispels the myth that sharks are man-eaters.  He is on a mission to change everyone’s views of the mysterious creatures of the deep as nothing more man-eaters into a crucial apex predators to protect the marine environment.

So, how do you overcome the ferocious image instilled by Jaws and Shark Week? As McKeever realized: “The only way to change the way we think about sharks is to cast the species in an entirely new light, in all of their underwater glory.” He dedicated two years to collecting evidence to make his pro-shark case—visiting the today’s top oceanographic research institutions and interviewing leading scientists from the Florida Keys, Australia’s Shark Bay and to Seal Island in South Africa, home to the great white.

With a film releasing in 2020 under the same name, author, documentarian, conservationist, and activist, William McKeever, is devoting his life to radically shifting the popular perception of sharks. Far from cold-blooded underwater predators, sharks are falling prey to humans—in staggering numbers. McKeever states a hard fact: “While sharks kill an average of four humans a year, humans kill 100 million sharks during the same time period.” More tragic yet, these magnificent, vulnerable creatures are truly evolutionary marvels that play an integral role in maintaining the health of the world’s oceans—and, ultimately, the fate of our planet.        

Order the Book- Greenpeace calls this book, “a must-read” for those interested in ocean conservation.

“A must-read for those interested in ocean conservation.” Greenpeace

  • Learn exciting new discoveries about the Mako, Tiger, Hammerhead, and Great White sharks.
  • Read the interviews with world-renowned shark scientists who have pulled back the curtain on this fascinating species.
  • Unfortunately, many shark species are in trouble such as the scalloped hammerhead and whale shark.  However, if more ocean areas are set aside as marine parks which outlaw fishing, the sharks can recover.
  • Like the wolves in Yellowstone, sharks, as apex predators, are needed to maintain the marine ecosystem.

Pictured Here- The Mako Shark- fastest of all the sharks

Makos are fished for entertainment but the shark has never been responsible for a human fatality.

Sharks are under the greatest threat in their 450 million year history

The author, William McKeever, is also a documentary filmmaker and the founder of the non-profit Safeguard the Seas, dedicated to ocean conservation.

He is the writer and director of the feature-length documentary Emperors of the Deep—which follows the book in vivid action.

Author is pictured here with Caribbean Reef sharks in the Bahamas.


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