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Shark Life: True Stories About Sharks & the Sea

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  604 ratings  ·  101 reviews
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 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.
Jan 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: soft
this is a tame version of the last book

i'm glad i did not read this before tgotsoc

p239: we'd filmed exotic critters like red-lipped batfish, which looked like a medical experiment gone wrong, as if the body of a frog had been grafted onto the mouth of mick jagger.
Jul 02, 2015 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
Jun 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed reading this book and I learned a lot from it. I like that the author included his personal experience with sharks.
Dec 16, 2012 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!
Drew F.
Apr 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Peter Benchley is one of my favorite novelists. I love his tales of adventure, especially those that involve marine life. His narrative voice is very fluid and translates well to both his fiction and non-fiction works. This is the case with Shark Life, an informative book filled with personal anecdotes of Benchley's own encounters with sharks and other sea creatures. One of the lessons that he tries to impart through much of his book is the fact that we, as humans, are simply one cog in the whee ...more
Mariano Antolin
Sep 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book is such a great option for people who live near lots of water. (Especially Florida) Water can be an ocean, river, or lake. For people like me who live near lots of oceans, This book can be very helpful, illustrating the great Brett, mystery, and dangers of the ocean. It teaches you how to respect the ocean and its great power, and how to work with it, sot hart it will work with us. The reason my review is missing a star, is because I wish the author of the book would be more clear on g ...more
Feb 03, 2019 rated it liked it
At the end of third grade, my teacher was kind enough to give everyone a free book off a list, where we could choose from several different books. I chose "Shark Life" by Peter Benchley. Why? I don't know. It sounded interesting to me, as back then I was very interested in marine life and biology and was considering being a marine biologist, or something similar. (Back when I had hope that I would be a successful person. Sigh.) I read the whole book from cover to cover within a day, and wasn't d ...more
Robert Lloyd
Jan 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An informative and fascinating book about sharks and the sea

This book was a riveting read, even though it's presented in a factual straightforward manner. The book did a good job of detailing what different types of sharks are dangerous ( as well as other sea creatures). Also the author gave detailed good description of what threats are faced due to overfishing and other issues facing our oceans wellbeing, which has only become considerably worse since the book was published.
Nick Goodsell
Jun 13, 2017 rated it liked it
It was interesting to read about all his adventures out on the ocean involving these heavily misunderstood creatures. Sharks are dangerous, but aren't the demons of the sea that they are often portrayed as. He teaches you a lot about them with several stories and tells a story that backs up how the are integral to the balance of nature in the ocean. If you like sharks and like Peter's work, it's a great read!
Mel Rei
Mar 08, 2019 rated it liked it
This book is not an in depth look at sharks despite the title, nor does it largely focus on the life of the author of Jaws. Its a random smattering of sea creatures humans fear, from orcas to jellyfish, mixed in with personal stories from post-Jaws fame filming TV shows about the ocean. Lack of cohesion, aside from the general ocean topic... What were the chapters about staying safe in currents in there for? Most non-biologists who are lovers of the sea will find it interesting enough anyway.
Sep 13, 2018 rated it it was ok
This book in my opinion wasn’t really that detailed and they should have really added that in, and wasn’t very interesting. The book was about a man that went deeep sea diving and looked at mostly sharks. It started to get a little interesting but after a couple chapter you seem to get very bored of it pretty quick
Christopher McDade
Dec 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Actually, I’d give this one a 5-star rating, but I am reserving that rating for my favorites. Excellent book. Easy to read, and it’s a nice introduction to both sharks and various other kinds of marine life. That’s what it is though... an introduction. Do not read this and expect to become an expert on sharks afterwards.
Feb 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
I'll admit, it was a little slow at the beginning and it took me three tries to get into this book. However, once you get into it, it's a great read. I really enjoyed learning about sharks and the other amazing creatures featured in this book. Great for kids or adults.
Aug 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Definitely enjoyed, had a lot of good information and stories. Hard to know if I felt uncomfortable at some points due to the age of the book and the wrong information or if it was how the material was presented....definitely recommend
Jul 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a very good book. Peter Benchley really finds ways to make you care about sharks and other sea life.
Karelis Rodriguez
Sep 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
I would recommend this book to people who think sharks are interesting. This book explains a lot about sharks
Aug 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a collection of stories from Benchley’s dives and personal experiences. It had some good info and some entertaining tales!
Jill Cd
This was a good book that was more about ocean life and human perceptions rather than just sharks. It was an interesting quick read.
Mar 12, 2013 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
Zoe Pieti
Good... Interesting and well written
Jordan Witmer
Feb 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
i think this was a very good book. it informed me on the dangers of the sea. it also taught me a lot about sharks and the exciting lives they have.
Oct 24, 2012 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
Rachel Schlitter
Oct 26, 2009 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 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
Aug 25, 2014 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
Jim C
Nov 29, 2014 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
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

Peter Benchley, writer of Jaws, did a great job in writing the book Shark Life. He takes his own experiences and shares them here in the book. He also gives some information tips for your safety in the ocean, where you are trespassing the environment of many fish.
I would recommend this book if you want to learn about encounters with sharks and being safe in the ocean. Or to further knowledge on sharks and get a little background on Peter Benchley. It really just depends on you if you’d liked t
Nov 25, 2016 rated it liked it
I'm already fascinated by great whites, so this book was interesting, with it's personal encounters with sharks.
However, there was a comment at the end: "There is no public outcry to get rid of any animal because it is dangerous to humans. Australians have learned to coexist in relative peace with nearly everything. When occasionally a human life is lost to an animal, the public's reaction is usually thoughtful and rational." THIS IS COMPLETE BS. Australians are just like any other human populat
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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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