Emperors of the Deep- The Book

A fascinating look into the world of the shark. The time has come to jettison the old myths around sharks since science had made great discoveries about them. The book delves into those discoveries to change the reader’s perceptions of sharks forever.

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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 of sharks as man-eaters.  He is on a mission to change everyone’s views of the mysterious creatures of the deep. Here is a list of remarkable aspects of sharks and their world discussed in the book.

  • Humans killed 100 million sharks last year while human fatalities from sharks were only 4 WORLDWIDE.
  • Sharks are in trouble.  An estimated 32 percent of open ocean sharks—including the scalloped hammerhead and whale shark—are currently threatened with extinction.
  • Sharks are 450 million years old and have survived five extinction level events, including the one that killed off the dinosaurs.
  • Shark fins sell for as much as $300 per pound to make soup.  Around the world, consumers are eating more shark meat and using the sharks to make cosmetics.
  • Shark tourism is a growing business. A single shark generates an estimated $100,000-$250,000 per year in revenues.
  • Scientists have made exciting new discoveries about the over 500 species of sharks.  For example, the Thresher shark kills with its tail, not its jaws.  The Epaulette shark “walks” on top of coral reefs in search of prey during low tide.
  • Sharks can dive 4,000 feet below the surface where water temperatures are barely above freezing, and the water pressure crushes most animals.
  • Sharks have developed a sixth sense to detect electrical fields that they use to navigate thousands of miles or to bite prey with intricate precision.
  • As apex predators, sharks are crucial to the ocean’s health by maintaining reef and seagrass ecosystems.
  • Emperors of the Deep  features the first female captains of Greenpeace’s Rainbow Warrior, the South African trackers of great whites, and the self-professed “last great shark hunter.”
  • The book includes interviews with world-renowned shark scientists who have uncovered the remarkable lives and attributes of the Mako, Tiger, Hammerhead, and Great White sharks.

  • The book includes interviews with world-renowned shark scientists who have made fascinating discoveries about the Mako, Tiger, Hammerhead, and Great White sharks.
  • Tiger sharks are needed to protect seagrass beds which can help fight global change.
  • Many shark species are in serious trouble such as the scalloped hammerhead and whale shark. 
  • If more ocean areas are set aside as marine parks which outlaw fishing, the sharks can recover.
  • Like the wolves in Yellowstone, apex predators, like sharks, are needed to maintain the marine ecosystem.

Hammerheads schooling for mating purposes

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

100 million sharks are killed a year and the book explains the why and how. While fin soup is a major culprit, sharks are killed for cosmetics, shark cartilage pills and for entertainment in shark tournaments.

Long line fishing is explained in the book which is the most destructive fishing practice on the planet to the ocean and ends of massacring sharks.

Pictured here is the Great White, one of the main subjects of the book.


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Here is the real story about the massacre of sharks and what needs to be done about it. This is a no picture-book but a hit-you-in-the-guts book about life on the high seas.


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