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New England Aquarium
This is the well-designed Web site of the New England Aquarium, cosponsor with WGBH-TV of "Island of the Sharks," on which this Online Adventure Web site is based.

IUCN Shark Specialist Group
Learn how the Shark Specialist Group is working to help conserve threatened species of sharks worldwide.

Mote Marine Laboratory: The Center for Shark Research
This nonprofit institution's site offers substantial info on shark diversity, tagging, and attacks as well as descriptions of their research programs on shark vision, feeding, and more.

The Pelagic Shark Research Foundation
This foundation works to develop projects that contribute to a better understanding of sharks. Check out the shark video clips, find out about the sharks of Monterey Bay, and read about shark evolution and anatomy.

Shark Myths
This site, also created by Mote Marine Laboratory, debunks common shark myths with the help of witty cartoons.

Costa Rica!
The official Web site for the country, this rich site offers detailed information on everything from adventure travel to business opportunities. Click here for the Embassy of Costa Rica as well.

The Undersea Hunter
This thorough site gives you everything you'd ever want to know about the Undersea Hunter, the live-aboard dive boat on which this expedition is based at Cocos Island.

The Cocos Island Research Center
In this quirkily fun site, delve into the island's unique history, including its recent designation as a UNESCO World Heritage site, and explore scads of useful links.

Secrets of the Ocean Realm
This Web site, which accompanied the acclaimed PBS series of the same name, features an interview with Howard and Michele Hall on the challenges of underwater filmmaking.

The Secret Life of Sharks
By A. Peter Klimley, Ph.D.
New York: Simon & Schuster, 2003
Leading marine biologist Peter Klimley, who has spent more than three decades studying shark behavior, offers fascinating new findings about these remarkable creatures. See our interview with Klimley.

Sharks in Question: The Smithsonian Answer Book
by Victor G. Springer and Joy P. Gold
Smithsonian Institution Press, 1989
Organized around provocative questions such as "What is a feeding frenzy?" and "Do sharks feel pain?" this comprehensive book seeks to debunk shark myths and mysteries with the latest scientific information.

John D. Stevens, consulting editor
Facts on File Publications, 1987
A colorfully illustrated, large-format book on shark distribution, biology, senses, behavior, ecology, attacks, and myths—in short, the gamut.

Sharks of the World
by Leonard J.V. Compagno
FAO Species Catalogue/The United Nations Development Programme, 1984
If you want the authoritative guide to sharks and don't care if it's in black and white with drawings only, this is it.

The Natural History of Sharks
by Thomas H. Lineaweaver III and Richard H. Backus
Lippincott, 1970
A delightfully irreverent and witty general book on sharks that sets the tone right at the start by quoting Winston Churchill replying to a question in Parliament about shark repellent: "You may rest assured that the British Government is entirely opposed to sharks."

Sharks of the World
by Rodney Steel
Facts on File, 1985
Though slightly outdated, this book combines rigorous scientific information with vivid anecdotes of shark attacks (including some gruesome photos) and other experiences with sharks.

The Lady and the Sharks
by Eugenie Clark
Harper & Row, 1969
Engaging memoirs by the doyenne of oceanographers.

Sharks of Tropical and Temperate Seas
by R.H. Johnson
Pisces Books, 1995
A well-illustrated pocket guide to the world's sharks.

Diving and Snorkeling Guide to Cocos Island
by Lucy Agace
Pisces Books, 1997
Written for scuba divers, this is a reference to the island's best dive sites. It is illustrated with the author's photographs and has good sections on the island's history, hiking, climate, and geography.

La Isla del Coco—Cocos Island
by J. Christopher Weston Knight
Trejos (San Jose, Costa Rica), 1992
In Spanish and English, this coffee-table-style book about Cocos was a labor of love by a writer whose family has a long history with the island. Its two parts, one on treasure and the other on the undersea world, is lavishly illustrated with old maps, photos of the island and erstwhile visitors, and views of undersea life.

Get Real
Here's your chance to work side-by-side with Dr. Samuel "Sonny" Gruber, perhaps the world's foremost shark expert. Gruber has been studying lemon sharks in Bimini Lagoon for decades, and next summer he returns with his 14th season of Earthwatch volunteers to continue the work. To see if lemon sharks show fidelity to a home site, he will transplant lemon sharks from Bimini Lagoon to nearby Cat Kay—and vice verse—and track them to see if they return home. During the project, which takes place late June through early August 1999, Gruber will also initiate a basic biology and physiology study of eagle rays, about which little is known. For details, call Kathy White at the Earthwatch Institute, (800) 776-0188.

Special Thanks
Michele and Howard Hall, Howard Hall Productions, Del Mar, CA
Susanne Simpson, Kelly Tyler & Lisa Roberts, NOVA Large Format
Dr. Samuel Gruber, University of Miami
Dr. Peter Klimley, University of California, Davis
Alex Solorzano,
Harbor Island Divers, Revere, MA

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Karen Hartley, Hot Science Developer
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