Richard Pierce (Struik Na­ture, R180)

Getaway (South Africa) - - ESCAPE - – SONYA SCHOE­MAN

This re­mark­able fe­male great white was tagged close to Dyer Is­land in Novem­ber 2003, turned up off West­ern Aus­tralia in Fe­bru­ary 2004, and was seen again in our wa­ters in Au­gust that same year. She’d swum 22 000 kilo­me­tres in less than nine months. This feat and what it means is what this book is all about. It gives in­sight into how sci­en­tific pa­pers are com­piled (years of painstak­ing re­search) and how get­ting a CITES list­ing for a species works. It’s a quick (if not en­tirely smooth) read, and is ac­ces­si­ble, al­ter­nat­ing be­tween ac­tual events and peo­ple’s sto­ries, ex­plain­ing the science, and con­jec­ture about Ni­cole’s jour­ney. (Her name? In­spired by Aussie shark lover Ni­cole Kid­man.)

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