Book review: man and shark

If a picture is worth a thousand words, than Man and Shark is a must for anyone interested in shark fisheries and conservation issues. This book by Alex Hofford and Paul Hilton features a collection of incredible photographs of sharks and shark fishing from all over the planet, from the fishing ports of the developing world to the markets of Asia and the kitchens and restaurants where shark fin soup is prepared and served.  The list of 14 contributing conservation photographers features some of the world’s best.

Each chapter features a brief introduction (in both English and Mandarin Chinese) explaining key points about shark biology or conservation, followed by a series of stunning, and in some cases horrifying, photos which showcase both the diversity of living sharks and the global industrial scale of shark fisheries. Photos of finned sharks lying on the seabed paired with interviews from fisheries biologists and conservationists gets the message across concisely, directly and effectively.

Man and Shark is a passionate call for humans to change our relationship with the oceans, and I commend Paul and Alex for their excellent contribution to the world of shark conservation.


  1. Richard Krumm · April 11, 2012

    Looks like an interesting book but I can’t see spending 250 dollars on a 192 page book. :-S
    Thanks for posting it..

    • WhySharksMatter · April 11, 2012

      Yeah, that would be expensive…. but it’s not what the book costs. It costs $35. Where are you getting $250 from?

  2. Mark Bradfield · April 19, 2012

    The $238.00 is Hong Kong dollars. Its much cheaper as David states. Its a great book but it is about the images, there is little text so dont buy it expecting to read about shark finning. The pictures really drive the message home though…

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