The Great White Shark Scientist

The Great White Shark Scientist Dr Greg Skomal biologist and head of the Massachusetts Shark Research Program is investigating a controversial possibility Might Cape Cod s waters serve as a breeding ground for the great white shar

  • Title: The Great White Shark Scientist
  • Author: Sy Montgomery Keith Ellenbogen
  • ISBN: 9780544352988
  • Page: 344
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Dr Greg Skomal, biologist and head of the Massachusetts Shark Research Program, is investigating a controversial possibility Might Cape Cod s waters serve as a breeding ground for the great white shark, the largest and most feared predatory fish on Earth Sy Montgomery and Keith Ellenbogen report on this thrilling turning point in marine research and travel to GuadeDr Greg Skomal, biologist and head of the Massachusetts Shark Research Program, is investigating a controversial possibility Might Cape Cod s waters serve as a breeding ground for the great white shark, the largest and most feared predatory fish on Earth Sy Montgomery and Keith Ellenbogen report on this thrilling turning point in marine research and travel to Guadeloupe, Mexico, to get up close and personal with the sharks This daring expedition into the realm of great whites shows readers that in order to save the planet and its creatures, we must embrace our humanity and face our greatest fears.

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    1. I love this author and I love this series, so I knew this book would be good. Montgomery really knows how to put you right there with her and the scientists in the field. The subjects here are the great white sharks off the Cape Cod area of Massachusetts, which are being studied by biologist Greg Skomal. Montgomery goes to great lengths, quoting lots of statistics, to disprove the idea that great whites are vicious killers and responsible for most shark attacks. I was surprised to learn how much [...]

    2. I love Montgomery's work and I love the Scientist in the Field series. This was another fascinating title. As one who was a teen when Jaws first came out, and remember how empty the beach was that summer, I found this fascinating. The author of Jaws, Benchley, regretted his book/movie and became a supporter of Great Whites conservation. His widow is still involved in conservation efforts. Montgomery and the scientist she profiles both make it clear you do need to take basic precautions about Gre [...]

    3. Sy Montgomery takes on the Great White Sharks in this wonderful newest segment of the Scientists in the Field series. Set in Cape Cod and Mexico, Sy looks at the science, ecology and economics of having Great Whites off the beaches of the Cape and, as usual, she adds her own particular brand of humor and storytelling.

    4. Filled with interesting information about sharks, including the unlikelihood of someone falling victim to a great white shark--1 in 37 million chances--and descriptions of two scientists who devote their lives to studying sharks, this is a good addition to the Scientist in the Field series. The text and photos show Greg Skomal and his crew as they track sharks off the Massachusetts coast, trying to understand their migratory patterns and contradict many of the myths about these creatures that ma [...]

    5. The Great White Shark Scientist dives deep into the world of biologist Dr. Greg Skomal, a world-renown scientist that specializes in the study of great white sharks. Each chapter focuses on one or two days of effort, explaining how he and the group that that assists him goes about their important work. Photographs are featured throughout the book, breaking up the text to maintain youth interest and to fully immerse the reader in each setting. Charts and graphs are also used to relay information [...]

    6. Learn all about the great white sharks in the oceans. Children can explore shark habitats and their place in the ecosystem. I enjoyed this book. Sharks are such fascinating animals with a bad rap for being terrifying. "A thousand great white sharks could be sharing the ocean with ape beach-goers and fishermen- and, so far, rather peacefully!"This book would be great for grades 2+. The book can be used in science lessons for animal research. Students can create animal fact posters or learn about [...]

    7. Very good information and excellent view of how science happens. I would have liked a different format though, the small print and narrative feel was just not exactly what I was looking for. If this format was combined with something like the Discovermore science books from it would be ideal.One of the few books that would be better as a tv show and/or movie, honestly. It was hard to follow what was going on in print b/c sharks kept getting picked up, tagged, viewed, going out of site, etc.

    8. I'm disappointed that it was a different book than I thought it would be then I revisited that it's called The Great White Shark SCIENTIST, not The Great White Shark, so it focused more on the scientists at work rather than the sharks themselves. I was more interested in the diagrams of sharks, the kind of species that exist and what they came from way back in the day, and how and where they roam rather than how the airplanes and boats work to find them, radar systems, and more.

    9. Sy Montgomery will always draw me in, especially for a book about sharks. Not nearly as surprising as some of the other entries in this series, since I think great white sharks are fairly exciting to begin with. But I didn't know some of the populations they are studying, and there are a couple of great photos.

    10. This is a great non fiction book. It introduces children to science and how sharks live. It has tons of facts, along with great photographs. It also has information on different ways children can help sharks or organizations they can get involved with.

    11. It's extremely interesting that scientists are finding out new information. In its efforts to discredit myths of sharks as scary man eaters, the text becomes a bit heavy-handed.

    12. This narrative non-fiction narrates Dr. Greg Skomal’s six-month exploration of sharks within their natural habitat in Massachusetts and Mexico. It chronicles the science, the equipment, and the importance of learning about these creatures. Skomal’s intent in this book is to gain an understanding of these creatures and teach those who may have preconceived, and usually negative ideas about these creatures. Sy Montgomery, along with the photographer, goes along with Skomal and his team to narr [...]

    13. One of the things that I always enjoy about the Scientists in the Field series is a glimpse into the work that these scientists do to help the rest of us to better understand the world we live in. And a topic as popular as sharks will make this book popular as well. Montgomery and Ellenbogen join Dr. Greg Skomal as he works to gather as much information as he can about the white sharks that visit Cape Cod's waters each year. The gorgeous photographs join beautifully with the readable text to giv [...]

    14. Follow a marine biologist studying the great white sharks that live off the coast of Cape Cod during the summers and some of his associates who are working to fight the bad rap sharks have, and then go down in a cage to experience great whites up close in Guadalupe.Kids love sharks, so I have no doubt this book will find its way into several reading hands. Personally, I didn't find this to be Montgomery's most riveting writing and they spend a lot of time in a boat trying to find sharks to get p [...]

    15. Living up to the high quality of the Scientist in the Field series, this volume focuses on great white sharks and the scientists who study them. Much of the action takes place in Massachusetts where both the seal population and that of sharks has rebounded in recent years. Greg Skomal , a great white shark biologist uses GoPro cameras to film sharks and identify them. He and fellow scientists and volunteers also tags some sharks with electronic tracking devices. I love that the book was mostly s [...]

    16. Brief overview: THE GREAT WHITE SHARK SCIENTIST, written by Sy Montgomery, photographed by Keith Ellenbogen intimately portrays the quest of a small group of scientists to better understand the lives of great white sharks for the purpose of helping this species survive. The true story unfolds like a travel and research log, and bursts with myth-busting facts that reveal the true, surprising nature of great whites. It's written for a middle school audience, and is perfect for exciting pleasure re [...]

    17. Informational book. This was a good informational book, that helped you really see into the research being done on sharks! A bit lengthy, sometimes dry, but bits and pieces would be fun to use in class.

    18. I learned quite a bit about sharks from this book. I have kids all the time that want books about sharks so now I have something to recommend! One the other hand , I think sharks are interesting, but I am not clamoring for more details and information. If you can't tell from other reviews, I like historical non-fiction stuff! Do I think this is a book award winner no. I doesn't make my short list but I learned791 People last year were killed by defective toasters 9 were killed by sharks! I also [...]

    19. After reading the first couple pages, I was immediately reminded of The Quest for the Tree Kangaroo. I hadn't realized I was reading another one of Sy Montgomery's books until that moment. Much like her previous work, Montgomery does a wonderful job of describing exactly what goes into a research expedition. For kids who want to work in this environment, it's an honest look that doesn't discourage the sense of magic inherent in stepping into other worlds. In other words, Montgomery gives us a re [...]

    20. Montgomery, Sy The Great White Shark Scientist, 61 pages. NON-FICTION. HoughtonMH, 2016. $19. Content: G.Between Jaws and Shark Week, most people are afraid of sharks, especially the Great White. Greg Skomal, on the other hand, loves them, and spends his time researching sharks and educating people about them. I can never stress enough how incredibly awesome the entire Scientists in the Field series is. If I taught any science class on any level, I would have at least one, if not two assignments [...]

    21. One of the "Scientists In The Field" series, this nonfiction picture book has fascinating information and photographs detailing the authors' journeys with renowned shark scientists. The first half of the book tells of the work that Greg Skomal, a great white shark biologist with the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries, does studying these animals off the coast of New England. The second half of the book tells of the work being done to study sharks in Mexico by Erick Higuera. There is lots [...]

    22. I love this series! The Great White Shark Scientist is Greg Skomal--who is working out of Chatham studying the white sharks that have prospered in recent years off of Cape Cod. It is interesting to spend time with him on his boat documenting the sharks. Great photos and charts provide additional information. It's really refreshing to read about people thrilled that the sharks are there and who love them for the amazing fish they are.

    23. Cool and interesting facts, good photos (although I wanted more sharks), and another good look at how scientists go about their work. The 'sharks by the numbers' page is great and, like other pages with additional information, didn't interrupt the narrative flow. Needed a map to show the Mexico location and it would be nice to have a small inset on the Cape Cod map to show west coast kids where it is.

    24. Sy Montgomery usually writes really good stories revolving around animals. This was not one of them. It probably was geared more towards a younger audience but even then the writing was disjointed and a little silly. I didn't walk away with any revelation other than I am never swimming off Cape Cod. Ever. If scientists can't even see a shark that they are on top of and need air support to direct them, it is insane to ever get in this water.

    25. Highly detailed and scientific but never boring, this is just the kind of nonfiction I like to read! Awesome photographs, great writing, and a mature perspective that makes this a great read for everyone from adults on down to about 5th graders.

    26. I had the same issues with this book as I did with the Octopus Scientist book Seemed to take forever to get to any actual sharks, the photos were kind of boring I would hand this book to kids who are seriously contemplating a career in marine science, but not to my average shark-obsessed kid.

    27. This non-fiction book is a great insight for kids and adults alike on the great white shark. I learned so much about the animals and how they are working to protect them. It makes me want to go out and help save them right now!!

    28. For those non-fiction loving kids in your life - the narrative, photography, and other infographics will keep kids engaged in this dense volume focused on sharks!

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