Guy Harvey Magazine

SUM 2018

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16 | there's so much more hiding but ready to be found. ~ Dr. Jaws Learn more about Dr. Jaws on Look for the "red tooth" on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter. The Bull Shark Compendium is available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and select bookstores. The Bull Shark Compendium BY ZACH NICHOLLS, AKA DR. JAWS "Shark-lover's ennui" is a condition that I've struggled with. I've tried to get excited for Shark Week, aquariums and fish books—anything that promises a new experience—but instead, I get the same. "Sharks are misunderstood." "Sharks attacks are rare." "Sharks are going extinct." Is that it? Can this be all there is to sharks? I asked this question in 2015, specifically about bull sharks: how much information is missing from the general public? With so much emphasis on the same, recycled pieces of trivia, I feared that I had already "hit the limit"—that sharks were just not as complicated or special as my heart imagined. But as it turns out, most knowledge on sharks is submerged from view, like silver trapped inside a wreck. When it comes to bull sharks, many rare pieces of information barely see daylight, including: verified records of the shark in Baghdad, Iraq; collections of teeth from North American burial sites (hinting at shamanic ritual use among multiple tribes); and genetic revelations that the bull shark may not be one species, but three, unique kinds of Carcharhinus. This is the treasure that I've been pining for. This should be shared with the public. I started the Bull Shark Compendium by poring over scientific records that, while technically available, are largely inaccessible because they are either (A) hard to find, or (B) boring as hell. The language of science is a dense one. Even the most loyal enthusiast likely does not have the spare time to decipher the riches from the jargon. But from these records, I could salvage a story—our story with the bull shark, a species that was first officially recognized 179 years ago. Within that time, scientists from 33 countries uncovered an amazing wealth of information that demonstrates interspecies dominance and unprecedented power in a coral reef. Who made these discoveries? Some names are familiar, some forgotten, and others…well, were suspects in the Jane Stanford murder. Yet all are tied, in some way, across culture and time to the story of the bull shark. Local legends of unreported attacks and deep mythologies of entire cities (like Surabaya, Indonesia) all speak of this shark's colorful history with the human world. The Bull Shark Compendium honors this relationship, and the men and women who are united by it. For those who feared that sharks were simple (and who were beginning to feel the itch, like I was), I'm happy to say, don't worry...

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