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June 20, 2022 @ 5:00 pm

In-Person | Why Sharks Matter: An Evening with Dr. David Shiffman


June 20, 2022
5:00 pm


Books & Books in Coconut Grove
3409 Main Hwy
Coconut Grove, FL 33133 United States
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Books & Books  and Miami Book Fair present…

An Evening with David Shiffman


Why Sharks Matter: A Deep Dive with the World’s Most Misunderstood Predator

(Johns Hopkins University Press, $24.95)

Monday, June 20, 5 PM | LIVE & IN-PERSON at Books & Books, Coconut Grove

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Join us in-person at Books & Books as Dr. David Shiffman discusses WHY SHARKS MATTER.

This event is FREE and open to the public and books will be available for purchase the night of the event so make sure to stay after the talk for a book signing! Please RSVP only if you intend to join us.

About the Book:

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.


About the Author:

DR. DAVID SHIFFMAN is a marine conservation biologist who studies sharks and how to protect them. In addition to his new book Why Sharks Matter: A Deep Dive with the World’s Most Misunderstood Predator, his writings have appeared in National Geographic, Scientific American, the Washington Post, and a monthly column in SCUBA Diving magazine. He got his Ph.D. from the University of Miami in 2016, and now lives in Washington, DC. Dr. Shiffman is one of the most followed scientists on social media, and invites you to follow him on Twitter Facebook and instagram @ WhySharksMatter, where he’s always happy to answer anyone’s questions about sharks.