June 2, 2023

Book Review – A Pocket Guide to Sharks of the World

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A Pocket Guide to Sharks of the World is the only field guide to identify, illustrate, and describe every known shark species. Its compact format makes it handy for many situations, including recognizing living species, fishery catches, or parts sold at markets. This expanded second edition presents lavish images, details on newly discovered species, and updated text throughout. The book contains useful sections on identifying shark teeth and the shark fins most commonly encountered in the fin trade, and takes a look at shark biology, ecology, and conservation. 


  • An updated guide to all of the world’s sharks
  • Each species is illustrated and described
  • Handy, compact format with concise text
  • Useful sections on the identification of shark teeth and fins

I reviewed the big brother of this book (Sharks of the World: A Complete Guide) recently and was really impressed with the content, images, illustrations and quality of this big hardback guide to sharks. The pocket guide is just as well put together and is hugely impressive in how much information is packed into this pocket-size version.

Every one of the 536 known species of shark is represented in the book, with both descriptions and illustrations. I particularly liked the fin guide and the key to identifying sharks, which I know will be a great help out in the field when I am next diving with these magnificent animals.

Whilst this book is packed with essential information, it is also small enough to travel with, stick in your dive bag, and have to hand in any circumstance. The pocket size book does not mean a reduction in quality either, so the beautiful illustrations, as well as all the scientific detail are all still included.

I would highly recommend owning both the Complete Guide and the Pocket Guide, to any shark lover. But this pocket guide is perfect for those on a budget, for those wanting something they will have to hand when out and about, as well as to just marvel at the shear diversity of sharks and to learn more about how to identify them. I know it will be in my bag on every trip!

A Pocket Guide to Sharks of the World

David A. Ebert, Marc Dando, and Sarah Fowler

Paperback | £14.99 | 9780691218748 | 288 pages | 5 x 7.75 in

550 color illus., 100 line drawings

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.