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Shark Life: True Stories About Sharks & the Sea

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In this riveting true adventure tale and informative guide to the sea, master storyteller Peter Benchley drew on more than four decades of diving experience to bring us face-to-face with the array of sharks and other marine animals he and his family encountered, almost always on purpose—but sometimes by accident.
Paperback, 208 pages
Published April 10th 2007 by Yearling (first published January 1st 2002)
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Mar 27, 2015 Rebecca rated it really liked it
I can't believe this booktalk staple isn't in my Goodreads! It's so fun to read about the Jaws author's adventures as a beginning diver and growing shark expert. I like to read aloud his first dive on p. 10, with the caveat about shark fin soup on p. 3.
Aug 25, 2014 Sage rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kiddo, nonfic
A book about sharks is the perfect beach read. Especially when you plan to actually spend time in the [deep] water.

I had been determined to go vestless for the first time in a snorkeling trip, but after reading this book a few hours before the plunge, I felt compelled to stay in the boat for the rest of the day/vacation/my life. Curiosity beat fear, though, and with the help of a friendly guide I was able to snorkel, vestless, in and around a thriving 30-foot-deep reef. Not very impressive, but
Jul 06, 2015 Amanda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I haven't read Jaws, and I don't have plans to in any foreseeable future. I love the movie so much that it seems impossible that I would enjoy the book near half as much. However, after reading this book, I'm more inclined to add it to my TBR. Peter Benchley writes with enthusiasm and wonder about marine life. Obviously this is post-Jaws, and there is a heavy dose of guilt present in many of the ways the facts are presented and argued. I think that enhances the reading experience. Benchley seems ...more
Benjamin Stahl
This book is everything and more for those who either have a fascination for sharks, or just sea life in general. Benchley addresses all manner of things shark and ocean related - mostly things that are dangerous, but not always - in a book that is engaging, highly readable, notably humorous ... and, most importantly, it is written with a passion for the deep that never fails to inspire profound awe for this mysterious and majestic part of our world. Benchley may have been the man behind the fam ...more
Jim C
Dec 15, 2014 Jim C rated it really liked it
This is a non-fiction book written by the author who wrote the most famous shark novel Jaws. After writing Jaws he challenged himself to learn the truth about sharks and their habitat. This book compiles his research and first hand accounts dealing with this magnificent creature.

This book was a quick read and it held my interest throughout. It not only dealt with sharks but other sea creatures. He does a wonderful job of painting the picture of how the ocean is awe inspiring and deadly at the sa
Dec 16, 2012 Robin rated it it was amazing
As a very water oriented family that feels they could recount many underwater thrilling experiences, Peter Benchley continues to surprise us in what are sometimes funny and sometimes harrowing personal encounters under the water. I've given this book as a gift many times!
Jan 29, 2016 Annabelle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Necessary reading, I think, for people who love the beach, or at least find themselves frequently in proximity to a beach. Peter Benchley writes as if he is right there talking to you, and he has quite a few tall (?) tales to tell. Perhaps because of the free-flowing writing style, the title does not reflect on the book's content. Inside is a hodge-podge of stories weaved together about sharks, snakes, even giant squids. And for every time he stresses how shark attacks can virtually remain an im ...more
Feb 26, 2016 Joseph rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
An incredible read, set for young and old readers.

Peter Benchley, renowned writer of 'Jaws' delves into his decades of oceanographic and diving experience to tell real accounts and stats about sharks.

Lamenting continuously over the negative affect on the shark population 'Jaws' produced, Peter Benchley draws upon the sheer weight of his experiences to share with the reader the magnificence, importance, and beauty of sharks, as well as to dive a littler deeper into their true nature, not as blood
Rachel Schlitter
Oct 26, 2009 Rachel Schlitter rated it it was amazing
Shark Life is all about...sharks!!!(non-fiction) Written by my personal hero, Peter Benchley. This book has information about sharks ranging from 10 most deadliest to shark attack stories. Shark Life also spends time explaining how you can lessen your risk of getting attacked by sharks. An interesting fact that it states is that the biggest fish/shark eats one of the smallest..plankton! Which I personally believe everyone is relieved by, especially considering many lucky divers get to ri
Oct 04, 2009 Laurel rated it really liked it
Shark Life is intended for young adult readers but I would recommend it for anyone looking for a quick captivating introduction to sharks. Written by Peter Benchley, the bestselling author of JAWS, Benchley shares his 40 years of diving experience with readers alternating between facts and remarkable first hand encounters with a variety of sharks. It is well written and as with all good writing has some unexpected surprises thrown in for good measure.

Benchley is an enchanting writer and knows h
Apr 05, 2013 Maralyn rated it liked it
I really enjoyed this book, which I picked up off the shelf at the beach house I stayed at. It seemed morbidly appropriate for beachside reading. The stories are fascinating. The topic, of course, is irresistible: who isn't curiously awed by ocean life?

Benchley has made a career underwater--both as a writer and a diver. He swims all over the world with all kinds of marine life (intentionally and otherwise) and various shark species--sometimes swarms of them. These are the true-life experiences h
Oct 24, 2012 Jacob rated it it was amazing
Shark Life True Stories About Sharks and the Sea by Peter Benchley
Non fiction

This book is written by a kind of famous person. This is the author of the book jaws. He also wrote like 10 other famous books about the ocean. This book tries to reverse the feelings of the people that were thought when he came out with the movie jaws. He states many stories about him swimming with sharks. He states in this book that he swam with sharks and has only been attacked by a shark once. He also said many
Jelani Hughes
The book I read is called shark life by Peter Benchly, who is also the protagonist fo teh book. The book starts out in the middle of the ocean with Peter in a cage and sharks attacking him. Then the story goes back to before he was asked to do that job. The protagonist main problem in the story is trying to survive from being in the ocean and finishing his movie.When he's out in the middle of the ocean and he thinks his movie that he is starring and producing in "Jaws". After a couple of hours P ...more
Scott Brydon
Mar 05, 2015 Scott Brydon rated it liked it
Even though Shark Life by Peter Benchley was a ways under my lexile I still enjoyed learning lots about the animals that live deep beneath the oceans around us. The story of Peter's life as a diver and his experiences interest me because of the unreal scenarios he was put in. From Sharks trying to break through a metal cage to a Manta Ray taking him on a trip underwater Shark Life gave me a fun view of the unreal experiences of Peter Benchley.
Gage Turner
Jan 24, 2014 Gage Turner rated it it was amazing
This book is one of the best shark books i have ever read! It showed me how to be safein the ocean alongwith how to avoid shark attacks. One of the best topicsabout this book is that the author tells aton of his shark stories, the storieshe told made me hide andnever come out. He also helped me by completely finishing off my fear ofsharks. I have always been inspired by sharks and this book boosted my confidence and fascination of sharks to the limit. Great author, great book, and most of all. I ...more
Kathryn Patterson
Aug 18, 2012 Kathryn Patterson rated it it was amazing
"Shark Life: True Stories About Sharks & the Sea" contains a plethora of happy and informative stories about Peter Benchley and his encounters with various sea creatures. The book also presents sharks as neither the kindly king of the oceans nor the misanthrope of marine life, but rather as a group of elasmobranchii who view the world much differently than land-based mammals.

When I first started reading this book, I only knew Peter Benchley as the man who wrote "Jaws". By the end of the book
Jul 27, 2015 Heather rated it really liked it
I'm a huge shark nerd and I love true stories. This is a basic book on sharks but the stories he had were interesting, sad and informative. There needs to be much more awareness on what sharks really are about (not human eaters) and how to protect an apex predator that is vital to healthy ocean ecology. I read this book in a day.
Mar 20, 2013 Tanner.m rated it it was amazing
Shark Life

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Shark life is a book about sharks and Peter Benchleys experiances with the preditores of the sea. In this he explains that though all sharks my look scary and evil the only sharks that you should really fear are the tiger, bull and great white sharks. He also tells some great stories about this adventures like when a great white took his shake cage down to the bottom of the whater they where in and got the hard metal wire out of his teeth all whial he was in the cage a
Sidney Owens
Apr 18, 2016 Sidney Owens added it
Shelves: rdng-648
This book brought about new findings for me and shark life. Sharks are one of the most dangerous animals in the world. They can be scary but this marine biologist didn't take that answer as acceptable. He has spent the majority of his life studying sharks and getting up close and personal with them.
Allen Shain
Feb 20, 2013 Allen Shain rated it it was amazing
I chose Shark Life because I am very fascinated with sharks and other under sea creatures. The book Shark Life is basically what you would think its a book about how Shark Life's work and with Peter Benchley being a witness to make different sharks I found this amazing to read. My favorite quote is when Peter said " I was alone, kneeling at the bottom, stunned and breathless." He said this quote when he fell of his boat and was with a great white face to face and I t had an impact on me because ...more
I read this under the title SHARK! A collection of Peter Benchley's diving adventures, especially those concerned with Sharks. He also explains things like what to do in an undertow and why you should never swim when there's chum in the water. He's right about the eyes of Makos, by the way.
Jul 06, 2015 Julie rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! I am such a fan of Peter Benchley! This was a great mix of humor, intensity and really great information on marine life. I can't wait to share it with my students during our classroom Shark Week!
Noah Klippen
Jun 03, 2016 Noah Klippen rated it it was amazing
Shelves: shark-life
Shark Life True Stories is a interesting book. I liked the Great white Shark because it eats everything
it sees. They weigh around 2,000 pounds. They live in mostly every ocean. If you like sharks you will
enjoy this book.
Sep 04, 2014 Renee rated it really liked it
Devon and I read this together for her summer reading suggestion. It was a little much for a sixth grader. I found it quite interesting.
Mandi Murphy
Jul 03, 2016 Mandi Murphy rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016
Fantastic! I read portions of this book to my husband and children. It is slightly outdated, at least as far as the giant squid is concerned. But so amazing and educational. I loved it.
Sam Motes
Aug 25, 2015 Sam Motes rated it really liked it
Read with my seventh grader for summer reading project. Certainly geared towards young reader but interesting insight in sharks and survival tactics at the beach and in the surf.
Whitney Strickland
Apr 07, 2011 Whitney Strickland rated it it was amazing
Shark Life! Wow! You won't believe that the same author of the Thriller Jaws wrote this eye opening book about his love for the ocean and its inhabitants. In the motion picture sharks are given a bad name but here Peter Benchley writes from a different perspective that celebrates sharks and other creatures. Shark Life is filled with amazing true stories that you would never imagine could happen in a person’s life. Although the book is above a fourth grade reading level, I feel that the stores ca ...more
Peter Liu
Oct 10, 2014 Peter Liu rated it really liked it
This book makes for a good read on the beach, or otherwise for anyone who enjoys reading about the ocean, I didn't expect the book to be a guideline on what to do and what not to do. This book has reminded me of that age-old thriller, "Jaws", because, well, the author of this book also created Jaws the book. Overall, I think this would make a good read for anyone interested in the ocean.
All Sharks Are Cool!!
Susan McGilvray
Apr 14, 2014 Susan McGilvray rated it really liked it
Recommended by one of my 7th grade boys - very informative and interesting
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Peter Bradford Benchley was an American author best known for writing the novel Jaws and co-writing the screenplay for its highly successful film adaptation. The success of the book led to many publishers commissioning books about mutant rats, rabid dogs and the like threatening communities. The subsequent film directed by Steven Spielberg and co-written by Benchley is generally acknowledged as th ...more
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