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Demon Fish

Travels Through the Hidden World of Sharks
Narrated by: Bernadette Dunne
Length: 11 hrs and 1 min
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A group of traders huddles around a pile of dried shark fins on a gleaming white floor in Hong Kong. A Papua New Guinean elder shoves off in his hand-carved canoe, ready to summon a shark with ancient magic. A scientist finds a rare shark in Indonesia and forges a deal with villagers so it and other species can survive.

In this eye-opening adventure that spans the globe, Juliet Eilperin investigates the fascinating ways different individuals and cultures relate to the ocean’s top predator. Along the way, she reminds us why, after millions of years, sharks remain among nature’s most awe-inspiring creatures.

From Belize to South Africa, from Shanghai to Bimini, we see that sharks are still the object of an obsession that may eventually lead to their extinction. This is why movie stars and professional athletes go shark hunting in Miami and why shark’s fin soup remains a coveted status symbol in China. Yet we also see glimpses of how people and sharks can exist alongside one another: surfers tolerating their presence off Cape Town and ecotourists swimming with sharks that locals in the Yucatán no longer have to hunt.

With a reporter’s instinct for a good story and a scientist’s curiosity, Eilperin offers us an up-close understanding of these extraordinary, mysterious creatures in the most entertaining and illuminating shark encounter you’re likely to find outside a steel cage.

©2011 Juliet Eilperin (P)2011 Random House Audio

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“In this fascinating and meticulously reported book, Juliet Eilperin crisscrosses the globe, on the trail of one of the most mysterious creatures. She illuminates not only the hidden nature of the seas, but also the societies whose survival depend on them.” (David Grann, author of The Lost City of Z)

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Would you listen to Demon Fish again? Why?

yes I believe it is an interesting book full of knowledge about sharks. the more you learned about sharks, the more you get concerned with their fate in the future. That really depends on how our human beings treat them and the habitat they have been living in for so long time.

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Do not be fooled by the title of this book

The title of this book makes you think of the usual shark story --bites and blood --high adventure and narrow escapes of the demon of the sea-----that is not what it is --it is a delightful and and entertaining book --a very clever way of describing and telling you about this mis-understood sea animal --a book that left me with a smile on my face--and good feelings about this the time spent with this writer and performer--a good read you will enjoy-!~