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Emperors of the Deep : Sharks--The Ocean's Most Mysterious, Most Misunderstood, and Most Important Guardians
by William McKeever




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The truth about the world’s most feared and most misunderstood predators.

“A must-read for anyone in love with our oceans and concerned with averting the looming ecological destruction of our planet . . . brings to light the importance of sharks and their role as ancient guardians of the seas.”—John Hocevar, Oceans Campaign Director, Greenpeace USA


When Steven Spielberg released Jaws in the summer of 1975, his adaptation of Peter Benchley’s novel forever typecast sharks as bloodthirsty man-eaters. But as we all worried whether it was safe to go back into the water, we failed to notice that while sharks account for fewer than four human fatalities per year, humans needlessly kill 100 million sharks per year, which has made the species vulnerable for the first time in its existence and put the future of the world’s oceans at risk.

At once a deep dive into the misunderstood world of sharks—specifically, great whites, makos, hammerheads, and tigers—and an urgent call to protect them, Emperors of the Deep tells the true story about the ocean’s most mysterious, most misunderstood, and most important guardians. From the family-friendly waters of Cape Cod to the coral reefs of the Central Pacific, where great whites mysteriously congregate every fall in what scientists refer to as Burning Man for white sharks, Safeguard the Seas founder William McKeever introduces us to scientists, conservationists, and world-renowned shark experts who have started unlocking the species’ most closely guarded secrets. He also profiles activists around the world fighting to protect sharks and infiltrates a mako-only shark tournament in Montauk to figure out why fishermen continue to hunt sharks despite their declining numbers. And, to get a close-up view of these underwater emperors and empresses, he enters freely into their world, encountering the 450-million-year-old species that continues to capture our imagination.

A rollicking, eye-opening underwater adventure, Emperors of the Deep will shift our perception of sharks from coldblooded underwater predators to evolutionary marvels that play an integral part in maintaining the health of the world’s oceans.

About the Author: William McKeever is an author and documentary filmmaker. His book, Emperors of the Deep, is in bookstores and focuses on raising awareness to the plight of sharks and educating the reader on recent scientific discoveries about the importance of them to the marine ecosystem. The book also makes a call for regulatory action to save them. The publisher is Harper Collins. The book has received strong reviews across the country and on Amazon. Conservation groups have also embraced the book and Greenpeace, for example, calls it a “must-read”.

He also is the producer/writer/director of a shark documentary film of the same name. The film exposes the threats that sharks face around the world and explains why society needs to change how it views these animals. Through interviews with scientists around the world and exciting shark video footage, the viewer sees sharks in a new light. This exciting 80-minute length film will be in distribution in 2020.

Due to his writing and film work, he was awarded the 2020 Pegasus Foundation’s Wings Award, which recognizes individuals for their outstanding achievements in animal welfare and habitat protection. Past honorees include Dr. Jane Goodall and Dr. Denise Herzig, of The Wild Dolphin Project, and Andrew Rowan of Humane Society International.

He produced, wrote and narrated a six-part podcast series on sharks with the same name as the book. The podcast, recently released, provides new insights into sharks through interviews with top scientists and conservationists around the world. The free podcast is available online at Apple, Libsyn and Facebook, to name a few websites.

In addition, he is the founder of a 501C3 organization, Safeguard The Seas (STS). This tax-deductible non-profit focuses on educating the public on issues affecting sharks and the ocean. STS makes a call to embrace the shark as the important guardians that we need to protect the health of our oceans. The answer to living with sharks is not one of fear but rather education and acceptance. Finally, STS is promoting shark ecotourism as a way to promote jobs, create positive experiences for people with sharks and replace fear with knowledge.

Prior to these activities, he worked at Merrill Lynch for an internal hedge fund and worked at several Wall Street firms as a highly-ranked sell-side analyst. As a thought-leader on the healthcare industry, he appeared as a guest on such cable channels as CNN and Bloomberg TV on several occasions and was quoted regularly in the New York Times and Wall Street Journal.

Mr. McKeever is a graduate of The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania with an MBA in Finance.

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Overview



The truth about the world’s most feared and most misunderstood predators.

“A must-read for anyone in love with our oceans and concerned with averting the looming ecological destruction of our planet . . . brings to light the importance of sharks and their role as ancient guardians of the seas.”—John Hocevar, Oceans Campaign Director, Greenpeace USA


When Steven Spielberg released Jaws in the summer of 1975, his adaptation of Peter Benchley’s novel forever typecast sharks as bloodthirsty man-eaters. But as we all worried whether it was safe to go back into the water, we failed to notice that while sharks account for fewer than four human fatalities per year, humans needlessly kill 100 million sharks per year, which has made the species vulnerable for the first time in its existence and put the future of the world’s oceans at risk.

At once a deep dive into the misunderstood world of sharks—specifically, great whites, makos, hammerheads, and tigers—and an urgent call to protect them, Emperors of the Deep tells the true story about the ocean’s most mysterious, most misunderstood, and most important guardians. From the family-friendly waters of Cape Cod to the coral reefs of the Central Pacific, where great whites mysteriously congregate every fall in what scientists refer to as Burning Man for white sharks, Safeguard the Seas founder William McKeever introduces us to scientists, conservationists, and world-renowned shark experts who have started unlocking the species’ most closely guarded secrets. He also profiles activists around the world fighting to protect sharks and infiltrates a mako-only shark tournament in Montauk to figure out why fishermen continue to hunt sharks despite their declining numbers. And, to get a close-up view of these underwater emperors and empresses, he enters freely into their world, encountering the 450-million-year-old species that continues to capture our imagination.

A rollicking, eye-opening underwater adventure, Emperors of the Deep will shift our perception of sharks from coldblooded underwater predators to evolutionary marvels that play an integral part in maintaining the health of the world’s oceans.

About the Author: William McKeever is an author and documentary filmmaker. His book, Emperors of the Deep, is in bookstores and focuses on raising awareness to the plight of sharks and educating the reader on recent scientific discoveries about the importance of them to the marine ecosystem. The book also makes a call for regulatory action to save them. The publisher is Harper Collins. The book has received strong reviews across the country and on Amazon. Conservation groups have also embraced the book and Greenpeace, for example, calls it a “must-read”.

He also is the producer/writer/director of a shark documentary film of the same name. The film exposes the threats that sharks face around the world and explains why society needs to change how it views these animals. Through interviews with scientists around the world and exciting shark video footage, the viewer sees sharks in a new light. This exciting 80-minute length film will be in distribution in 2020.

Due to his writing and film work, he was awarded the 2020 Pegasus Foundation’s Wings Award, which recognizes individuals for their outstanding achievements in animal welfare and habitat protection. Past honorees include Dr. Jane Goodall and Dr. Denise Herzig, of The Wild Dolphin Project, and Andrew Rowan of Humane Society International.

He produced, wrote and narrated a six-part podcast series on sharks with the same name as the book. The podcast, recently released, provides new insights into sharks through interviews with top scientists and conservationists around the world. The free podcast is available online at Apple, Libsyn and Facebook, to name a few websites.

In addition, he is the founder of a 501C3 organization, Safeguard The Seas (STS). This tax-deductible non-profit focuses on educating the public on issues affecting sharks and the ocean. STS makes a call to embrace the shark as the important guardians that we need to protect the health of our oceans. The answer to living with sharks is not one of fear but rather education and acceptance. Finally, STS is promoting shark ecotourism as a way to promote jobs, create positive experiences for people with sharks and replace fear with knowledge.

Prior to these activities, he worked at Merrill Lynch for an internal hedge fund and worked at several Wall Street firms as a highly-ranked sell-side analyst. As a thought-leader on the healthcare industry, he appeared as a guest on such cable channels as CNN and Bloomberg TV on several occasions and was quoted regularly in the New York Times and Wall Street Journal.

Mr. McKeever is a graduate of The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania with an MBA in Finance.

 

Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062880338
  • ISBN-10: 0062880330
  • Publisher: HarperOne
  • Publish Date: May 2020
  • Page Count: 336
  • Dimensions: 8 x 5.3 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.55 pounds


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