Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Hug a Shark Today

A new book is out called Trophic Cascades: Predators, Prey, and the Changing Dynamics of Nature. I have yet to read it but I will -- additional support of the importance of top-level predators. In this case, one more reason to do all we can to save sharks.

You know, Peter Benchley, author of Jaws, spent the remainder of his life after writing that intense book trying to get people to love sharks not hate them, even after demonizing the Big One that didn't get away in his prose. It's almost as if he realized his folly, realized the beauty of the animals, and tried to fix it.

Top-predators are all about balance, and only man is especially skilled at destroying nature's balance by killing as many top-predators as we can.  

According to the Press Release about the new book:

According to Dr. Pikitch, the scientific evidence featured in this book shows that top-level predators are essential in maintaining the structure, function, and biodiversity of most natural ecosystems. For example, a study featured in the book discusses how the decimation of great sharks in the mid-Atlantic ocean off the coast of the United States may be linked to the collapse of a once-important shellfishery.

"This book provides additional fuel for the need to shift away from a species-by-species management approach to a more holistic, ecosystem-based one," commented Dr. Pikitch.


To request a review copy of Trophic Cascades: Predators, Prey, and the Changing Dynamics of Nature, please call Cindy Yeast at 720.542.9455 or 202.236.5413.

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