February 9, 2023

Book Review – Sharks of the World: A Complete Guide

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SHARKS OF THE WORLD: A Complete Guide by David A. Ebert, Marc Dando, and Sarah Fowler is the essential illustrated guide for anyone interested in these magnificent creatures. Fully revised and updated, it covers 536 of the world’s shark species and is packed with colour illustrations, colour photos and informative diagrams.


  • Covers 536 shark species from around the world
  • Features updated species accounts, illustrations and maps
  • Gives an illustrated overview of shark biology, ecology and conservation
  • Includes fin identification guides
  • Provides a colour distribution map for every species

This book is a must for any shark-lover to have on their shelves. The amount of information within is mind-boggling. It includes chapters on shark anatomy, evolution, behaviour and conservation as well as thousands of beautiful illustrations and images.

I have already spent many happy hours delving into the chapters on each shark family, looking up the species that I have seen whilst diving, and spent more contemplating just how many species there are in our ocean and the incredible diversity they show.

One of the things I love about this book are the maps to show each shark’s range and the details which would help anyone identify what they may have seen. The book is easy to navigate too, so you can find a specific shark species easily, or you can browse in wonder; picking and choosing the sharks at random to discover more about their biology, range and identifying features.

If you are a bit of a book geek like me, then you will really appreciate the quality of the print, paper and binding of this hardback book. It is a thing of beauty before you even start looking at the images and content. The love for all things shark practically oozes out from its pages.

I would say that this book should be on every shark-lover’s wish list, whether you are a budding marine biologist or a shark-mad diver. Sharks of the World will inspire you to increase your knowledge about sharks; it will boost your passion and commitment to conserve sharks and their marine habitats; and perhaps, like me, it will encourage you to spend even more time in the water with them to understand them and enjoy them – after all, I have only seen around 30 of the 536 described in this book – so there are plenty more sharks in the sea for me to discover!

Sharks of the World

David A. Ebert, Marc Dando, and Sarah Fowler

Hardback | £42.00 | 9780691205991 | 608 pages | 8.5 x 9 in.

2000+ colour illus., photos, maps, and diagrams

Publisher: Princeton University Press

Publication date: 22 June 2021

About the Authors

David A. Ebert is program director of the Pacific Shark Research Center and a research faculty member at Moss Landing Marine Laboratories. Twitter @lostsharksguy Instagram @lostsharkguy

Marc Dando is a scientific illustrator and publisher whose books include Guide to the Manta and Devil Rays of the World and A Pocket Guide to Sharks of the World (both Princeton). Twitter @dando_marc

Sarah Fowler is cofounder of the Shark Trust and the European Elasmobranch Association and a member of the IUCN Shark Specialist Group.