Dr. David Shiffman presents 'Why Sharks Matter: A Deep Dive with the World's Most Misunderstood Predator'

"[Shiffman] delivers the book he was born to write." —The Revelator


Submerge yourself in the world of sharks at Third Place Books! We're pleased to welcome Dr. David Shiffman—marine conservation biologist at Arizona State University and Twitter's pre-eminent shark expert (@WhySharksMatter)—for a presentation on his new book, Why Sharks Matter: A Deep Dive with the World's Most Misunderstood PredatorThis event is free and open to the public. Registration is required in advance.

This event is co-sponsored by the Seattle AquariumThe region’s premier resource for hands-on marine experiences and conservation education, the Seattle Aquarium offers fun, exciting ways to discover more about the amazing Puget Sound and our world’s one big ocean.

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About Why Sharks Matter. . .

Get submerged in the amazing world of sharks! Your expert host, award-winning marine biologist Dr. David Shiffman, will show you how—and why—we should protect these mysterious, misunderstood guardians of the ocean.

Sharks are some of the most fascinating, most ecologically important, most threatened, and most misunderstood animals on Earth. More often feared than revered, their role as predators of the deep have earned them a reputation as a major threat to humans. But the truth is that sharks are not a danger to us—they're in danger from us.

In Why Sharks Matter, marine conservation biologist Dr. David Shiffman explains why it's crucial that we overcome our misconceptions and rise above cinematic jump scares to embrace sharks as the imperiled and elegant ocean guardians they really are. Sharing his own fascinating experiences working with sharks, Shiffman tells us

• why healthy shark populations are a must for supporting ocean ecosystems—and the coastal economies that depend on them
• why we're in danger of losing many shark species forever
• what scientists, conservationists, and readers can do to help save these iconic predators
• why so much of what you've heard about sharks and how to save them is wrong

Exploring the core tenets of shark conservation science and policy, Shiffman synthesizes decades of scientific research and policymaking, weaving it into a narrative full of humor and adventure. Touching on everything from Shark Week to shark fin soup, overfishing to marine sanctuaries, Shiffman reveals why sharks are in trouble, why we should care, and how we can save them. Perfect for shark enthusiasts, Why Sharks Matter is an approachable, informative guide to the world of shark conservation and the passionate, fascinating, brilliant people who work to understand and protect our oceans. This fun read will have you looking at sharks with a fresh perspective and an understanding that the survival of sharks is crucial to the survival of another apex predator—ourselves.


Praise for Why Sharks Matter. . .

"The argument of Shiffman's book is that we should do a better job of protecting sharks, and his method is to dip analysis and policy recommendations in a sugar coating of cool facts. For Shiffman, our inability to conceptualize relative risk is both an ecological and aesthetic tragedy, undermining conservation efforts while preventing us from exulting in the glory of sharks-with their dermal denticles, their total lack of bones and their ability to hear an injured fish from a mile away."
—Molly Young, New York Times

"Shiffman says he wants 'to teach you why sharks are remarkable and awe-inspiring animals, why we're better off with sharks than we are without them, and what you can do to help protect the alarming and increasing number of sharks of conservation concern.' He succeeds on all counts."
San Francisco Chronicle

"Whether this book makes you pause and reflect on your perception of sharks, or teaches you some new facts about these predators, Shiffman hopes he has shed light on human side of shark conservation through this work."

David Shiffman is a marine conservation biologist at Arizona State University. His work has appeared in the Washington Post, National Geographic, and Scientific American, and he writes a monthly column in Scuba Diving Magazine. He can be found on Twitter at @WhySharksMatter, where he's always happy to answer questions about sharks.

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