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New Zealand's Great White Sharks: How Science is Revealing Their Secrets

New Zealand's Great White Sharks: How Science is Revealing Their Secrets

Author: Alison Ballance
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Sharks. You think you know them, but not like this. Great Whites have always been a mystery: where do they breed? How many are there? How far do they travel? Scientific groups such as The Great White Shark Project Team have teamed up with members of the public to help study one of the sea's most elusive predators. From reporting sightings to helping retrieve lost electronic tags, anyone can contribute to understanding these amazing creatures.

This book contains incredible images with close-up views (don't believe me? Check out pages 54-55!), or the never-before-seen stages of the shark life cycle (page 71 if you have a strong stomach) and filled with mind-boggling statistics, this is an unputdownable read for ages 8-80.

Sharks are some of the most misunderstood animals in the world. We've come a long way from the days of "Jaws", but there will always be more to discover. Here's to the generations of future biologists!

- Sasha


Great white sharks are one of the world's most impressive and familiar predators - but until recently we knew surprisingly little about them. This book changes all that, opening a window into the amazing world of New Zealand's great whites. Join Kiwi shark scientists Malcolm Francis and Clinton Duffy as they track great white sharks from the cool waters of southern New Zealand to the warm waters of the Great Barrier Reef and the tropical Pacific.

Discover how electronic tags have revolutionised the study of great whites, revealing that these mighty ocean predators are international travellers that dive to depths of more than a kilometre as they journey to and from shark hotspots at Stewart Island and the Chatham Islands. Visit Australia's shark nurseries, meet the Stewart Island shark gang and join the teenage great white sharks, Nicholas Cage and Pip, on their travels.

Award-winning natural history writer and broadcaster Alison Ballance has been following the New Zealand great white shark project for the last decade. She takes readers out on a research boat to experience first-hand the thrill of encountering and tagging a great white shark, follows the excitement and frustration of tracking their movements around the southwest Pacific, and uses science to paint a portrait of great white sharks as you've never understood them before. Find out what pieces of the great white shark puzzle have been solved, and what questions remain unanswered, in a science adventure book for young adults and anyone with an interest in sharks and the sea.


Finalist in the 2018 NZ Children's Book Awards for the Elsie Locke Award for Non-Fiction

Author description

When ALISON BALLANCE joined a great white shark tagging expedition at Stewart Island, she was taken aback at just how impressive great white sharks are at close quarters. She was intrigued by the electronic tags that the scientists were using to follow the sharks, excited by what they revealed and determined to share this amazing story.

Alison is a zoologist, diver, wildlife film-maker and radio presenter on RNZ National. She is an award-winning writer, whose 29 natural history books include Kakapo: Rescued from the brink of extinction, which won the 2011 Royal Society of New Zealand Science Book Prize. She has also been shortlisted for the New Zealand Post Children's Book Awards for Hoki: The story of a kakapo, and the New Zealand Book Awards for Southern Alps: History and natural history of New Zealand's mountain world.

Stock Information

General Fields

  • : 9780947503185
  • : Potton & Burton
  • : Potton & Burton
  • : November 2016
  • : 260mm X 210mm
  • : New Zealand
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Hardback
  • : en
  • : 96
  • : Alison Ballance