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The Great White Shark Scientist

(Scientists in the Field)

3.72  ·  Rating details ·  118 ratings  ·  47 reviews
Dr. Greg Skomal, biologist and head of the Massachusetts Shark Research Program, is investigating a controversial possibility: Might Cape Cod’s waters serve as a breeding ground for the great white shark, the largest and most feared predatory fish on Earth? 
     Sy Montgomery and Keith Ellenbogen report on this thrilling turning point in marine research and travel to Guade
Hardcover, Scientists in the Field, 80 pages
Published June 7th 2016 by HMH Books for Young Readers
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Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
I love this author and I love this series, so I knew this book would be good. Montgomery really knows how to put you right there with her and the scientists in the field. The subjects here are the great white sharks off the Cape Cod area of Massachusetts, which are being studied by biologist Greg Skomal. Montgomery goes to great lengths, quoting lots of statistics, to disprove the idea that great whites are vicious killers and responsible for most shark attacks. I was surprised to learn how much ...more
I love Montgomery's work and I love the Scientist in the Field series. This was another fascinating title. As one who was a teen when Jaws first came out, and remember how empty the beach was that summer, I found this fascinating. The author of Jaws, Benchley, regretted his book/movie and became a supporter of Great Whites conservation. His widow is still involved in conservation efforts. Montgomery and the scientist she profiles both make it clear you do need to take basic precautions about Gre ...more
Jun 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: jnf-500
This is excellent non-fiction writing for older kids, probably around 5th grade and older. It is part of the "Scientists in the Field" series. It has some excellent photos of great whites, as the scientist and his helpers go out in a boat to videotape and tag great white sharks, with the author and photographer tagging along.
One page is titled: "Sharks by the Numbers" and includes these interesting factoids:

Number of Americans killed by shark bite between 1984 and 1987: 4
Number of New Yorkers b
There is a reason why I enjoy reading Montgomery's works. She has a real skill to engage a reader into her books while simultaneously educating them.

This book is part of an installment of many that focuses on going on an adventure to find a specific animal. In this edition, we focus on the Great White Shark.

Montgomery introduces us to the team that has dedicated their lives to shark conservation and research and off we go with her and the team.

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May 22, 2017 rated it it was ok
I'm disappointed that it was a different book than I thought it would be then I revisited that it's called The Great White Shark SCIENTIST, not The Great White Shark, so it focused more on the scientists at work rather than the sharks themselves. I was more interested in the diagrams of sharks, the kind of species that exist and what they came from way back in the day, and how and where they roam rather than how the airplanes and boats work to find them, radar systems, and more.
Aug 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Sy Montgomery takes on the Great White Sharks in this wonderful newest segment of the Scientists in the Field series. Set in Cape Cod and Mexico, Sy looks at the science, ecology and economics of having Great Whites off the beaches of the Cape and, as usual, she adds her own particular brand of humor and storytelling.
Jul 31, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016
This narrative non-fiction narrates Dr. Greg Skomal’s six-month exploration of sharks within their natural habitat in Massachusetts and Mexico. It chronicles the science, the equipment, and the importance of learning about these creatures. Skomal’s intent in this book is to gain an understanding of these creatures and teach those who may have preconceived, and usually negative ideas about these creatures.

Sy Montgomery, along with the photographer, goes along with Skomal and his team to narrate
Sep 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great whites are not as bad as their reputation that is given to them. They are large and scary, but most people are unaware that the shark population is decreasing all around the world. Biologist take to the waters to see if he can find out more about great white sharks. Great white sharks are the most mysterious predators to date. They travel to different areas where great white's can be located and observed. These biologist go on an expedition to learn even more about great whites an
Filled with interesting information about sharks, including the unlikelihood of someone falling victim to a great white shark--1 in 37 million chances--and descriptions of two scientists who devote their lives to studying sharks, this is a good addition to the Scientist in the Field series. The text and photos show Greg Skomal and his crew as they track sharks off the Massachusetts coast, trying to understand their migratory patterns and contradict many of the myths about these creatures that ma ...more
Megan McCloud
Mar 10, 2019 rated it liked it
I liked it, but it wasn't as interesting as it could have been.
Leighanna Wright
Summary: This books is about Greg Skomal who is a great white shark biologist. He talks about the great white sharks of Cape Cope. He talks about if Cape Cod is really a breading place for these deadly species. With each chapter comes different facts about these sharks and Skomal's adventures while trying to find the truth. Through out this book Skomal explains different facts about sharks such as how they track the sharks, when the sharks arrive at Cape Cod and so much more.

Evaluation: To be h
Sela Hagle
The book follows shark biologist, Greg Skomal and his studies of the Great White Shark. We follow Greg's story through his research about Great Whites. His main goal is to know more about the sharks and help humans from shark attacks. Not only does Greg want to prevent shark attacks, he wants to understand the species' habits.

This book is filled with great facts about Great White sharks, but is very long and can seem tedious to read. While this book seems to be just about Grea
Cierra Cappon
Aug 28, 2018 rated it liked it
This book is great for grabbing the attention of any shark lover or marina enthusiast. This book will keep you engaged with its fascinating dictation of following shark scientists and with its jaw dropping pictures.

This book has great details and sequencing. However, the illustrations are great! The author uses real live pictures to show and explain what he is talking about in the story. There are pictures of equipment that they use, pictures of different animals and sea life
Oct 06, 2018 added it
Shelves: books-11-20
Summary: Do you love sharks? This is the book for you. It's loaded with information on all things sharks. You will be able to learn the characteristics of sharks and interesting facts about them, all through the expert opinion of shark biologist, Greg Skomal.

Evaluation: This was a good book, but I did feel like there was an overwhelming amount of information. I did not think this book would have literal chapters in it. This book would be ideal for students who are actually interested in sharks.
One of the things that I always enjoy about the Scientists in the Field series is a glimpse into the work that these scientists do to help the rest of us to better understand the world we live in. And a topic as popular as sharks will make this book popular as well. Montgomery and Ellenbogen join Dr. Greg Skomal as he works to gather as much information as he can about the white sharks that visit Cape Cod's waters each year. The gorgeous photographs join beautifully with the readable text to giv ...more
Mrs.Melaugh Melaugh
Jul 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Living up to the high quality of the Scientist in the Field series, this volume focuses on great white sharks and the scientists who study them. Much of the action takes place in Massachusetts where both the seal population and that of sharks has rebounded in recent years. Greg Skomal , a great white shark biologist uses GoPro cameras to film sharks and identify them. He and fellow scientists and volunteers also tags some sharks with electronic tracking devices. I love that the book was mostly s ...more
Becky B
Follow a marine biologist studying the great white sharks that live off the coast of Cape Cod during the summers and some of his associates who are working to fight the bad rap sharks have, and then go down in a cage to experience great whites up close in Guadalupe.

Kids love sharks, so I have no doubt this book will find its way into several reading hands. Personally, I didn't find this to be Montgomery's most riveting writing and they spend a lot of time in a boat trying to find sharks to get p
Carolyn Combs
Brief overview: THE GREAT WHITE SHARK SCIENTIST, written by Sy Montgomery, photographed by Keith Ellenbogen intimately portrays the quest of a small group of scientists to better understand the lives of great white sharks for the purpose of helping this species survive. The true story unfolds like a travel and research log, and bursts with myth-busting facts that reveal the true, surprising nature of great whites. It's written for a middle school audience, and is perfect for exciting pleasure re ...more
Nov 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
After reading the first couple pages, I was immediately reminded of The Quest for the Tree Kangaroo. I hadn't realized I was reading another one of Sy Montgomery's books until that moment. Much like her previous work, Montgomery does a wonderful job of describing exactly what goes into a research expedition. For kids who want to work in this environment, it's an honest look that doesn't discourage the sense of magic inherent in stepping into other worlds. In other words, Montgomery gives us a re ...more
Nov 17, 2016 rated it liked it
I learned quite a bit about sharks from this book. I have kids all the time that want books about sharks so now I have something to recommend! One the other hand , I think sharks are interesting, but I am not clamoring for more details and information. If you can't tell from other reviews, I like historical non-fiction stuff! Do I think this is a book award winner no. I doesn't make my short list but I learned
791 People last year were killed by defective toasters 9 were killed by sharks! I also
Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
Montgomery, Sy The Great White Shark Scientist, 61 pages. NON-FICTION. HoughtonMH, 2016. $19. Content: G.

Between Jaws and Shark Week, most people are afraid of sharks, especially the Great White. Greg Skomal, on the other hand, loves them, and spends his time researching sharks and educating people about them.

I can never stress enough how incredibly awesome the entire Scientists in the Field series is. If I taught any science class on any level, I would have at least one, if not two assignments
Oct 18, 2017 added it
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Summary: This is the story of a scientist who is trying to further the field on great white sharks.

Evaluation: This book is a scientists in the field book. This are great nonfiction books. There are many pictures and this one is written in a journal entry form. There is lots of information that is cited and pictures that connect to the information for the students.

Teaching Idea: When discussing the ocean or even covering shark week, this book would be extremely beneficial. Students

One of the "Scientists In The Field" series, this nonfiction picture book has fascinating information and photographs detailing the authors' journeys with renowned shark scientists. The first half of the book tells of the work that Greg Skomal, a great white shark biologist with the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries, does studying these animals off the coast of New England. The second half of the book tells of the work being done to study sharks in Mexico by Erick Higuera. There is lots ...more
Jan 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Great White Shark Scientist dives deep into the world of biologist Dr. Greg Skomal, a world-renown scientist that specializes in the study of great white sharks. Each chapter focuses on one or two days of effort, explaining how he and the group that that assists him goes about their important work. Photographs are featured throughout the book, breaking up the text to maintain youth interest and to fully immerse the reader in each setting. Charts and graphs are also used to relay information ...more
Nov 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Learn all about the great white sharks in the oceans. Children can explore shark habitats and their place in the ecosystem.

I enjoyed this book. Sharks are such fascinating animals with a bad rap for being terrifying. "A thousand great white sharks could be sharing the ocean with ape beach-goers and fishermen- and, so far, rather peacefully!"

This book would be great for grades 2+. The book can be used in science lessons for animal research. Students can create animal fact posters or learn about
Apr 05, 2017 rated it liked it
The Great White Shark Scientist is a fantastic little non-fiction book about Great White Sharks. The book follows Dr. Greg Skomal as he tracks, tags and photographs Great White Sharks off the coast of Cape Cod. The book is loaded with facts, photos and diagrams. The journal style of the writing authentically captures the experience of conducting research outside of a lab. This is a great choice for a public or school library. The book is written at a level appropriate to upper elementary and mid ...more
Amanda Harrison
Very good information and excellent view of how science happens. I would have liked a different format though, the small print and narrative feel was just not exactly what I was looking for. If this format was combined with something like the Discovermore science books from Scholastic it would be ideal.

One of the few books that would be better as a tv show and/or movie, honestly. It was hard to follow what was going on in print b/c sharks kept getting picked up, tagged, viewed, going out of site
Aug 10, 2016 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: 5th-8th grade
Cool and interesting facts, good photos (although I wanted more sharks), and another good look at how scientists go about their work. The 'sharks by the numbers' page is great and, like other pages with additional information, didn't interrupt the narrative flow. Needed a map to show the Mexico location and it would be nice to have a small inset on the Cape Cod map to show west coast kids where it is.
I love this series! The Great White Shark Scientist is Greg Skomal--who is working out of Chatham studying the white sharks that have prospered in recent years off of Cape Cod. It is interesting to spend time with him on his boat documenting the sharks. Great photos and charts provide additional information. It's really refreshing to read about people thrilled that the sharks are there and who love them for the amazing fish they are.
Kara Pirko
"The Great White Shark Scientist" by Sy Montgomery provided a descriptive science lesson on the great white sharks. I think that this book was very informative for children to read or to be read as a read aloud. I like that the message of the book tells children that in order to save our planet we must face our fears such as our fear of sharks. I thought that the illustrations added to my enjoyment of reading this book, also.
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Part Indiana Jones, part Emily Dickinson, as the Boston Globe describes her, Sy Montgomery is an author, naturalist, documentary scriptwriter, and radio commentator who has traveled to some of the worlds most remote wildernesses for her work. She has worked in a pit crawling with 18,000 snakes in Manitoba, been hunted by a tiger in India, swum with pink dolphins in the Amazon, and been undressed b ...more

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