Reviewed By  Ian Banks       March 7, 2018


Author  Nigel Marsh and Andy Murch

Distributor:       Booktopia/Amazon 
ISBN:                 9781925546002
Publisher:         New Holland Publishers
Release Date:   December 2017  

Website:    http://au.newhollandpublishers.com 

Stephen Spielberg and Peter Benchley have a lot to answer for; one for writing Jaws and the other for turning it into a blockbuster movie that terrified the audience and did much to garner terror in the hearts of the ocean loving swimmer, a fear that sadly has seen Sharks and their brethren demeaned, without any true understanding of what part they play in the environment and little if any knowledge about their species.

Great Whites bore the brunt of this terror but as always these fears have collectively lobbed the entire species together, as one to be feared and killed whenever possible.

It takes a book such as this, created by two men who have dived, explored   and learned to respect sharks and their environment, to begin to help those who enjoy diving and discovering the very real world of sharks that has been misrepresented for many, many years.

Nigel Marsh is an Aussie photographer and photojournalist whose underwater photography has published throughout the world. Andy Murch is a Canadian who specialises in diving with sharks as well as underwater photography. Both are masters of their craft and treat their workplace, that of the underwater world, with complete respect for the creatures who live there and have done so, long before man ever walked on this earth.

There are currently more than 500 species of shark that has been recognised, but the truth is there are probably far more, yet to be discovered. In Diving with Sharks March and Murch have listed many of the species that are easier to find and swim with, in order to both educate and instruct the keen diver interested in being able to safely swim amongst,  and photograph, some of the more majestically sleek and beautiful creatures  of the ocean.

Diving with Sharks is more of manual or reference book than a light read, but none the less it is a wonderful and beautifully illustrated window into Sharks and their world detailing such things as various species of shark and their kin, Rays, tips for successful photography and the Hot Spots worldwide where they can safely be discovered.

A book long overdue and well worth obtaining if diving with sharks and the like is something you have on your bucket list for now or later.