Emperors of the Deep: Sharks—The Ocean’s Most Mysterious, Most Misunderstood, and Most Important Guardians (July 2019; HarperOne, ISBN 978-0062932990, PRICE $25.99; Hardcover), author and Conservationist William McKeever
The author is on a mission to change everyone’s views of the mysterious creatures of the deep. The book takes readers on a pulse-pounding journey around the world and deep under the water’s surface—from the frigid waters of the Arctic Circle to the coral reefs of the tropical Central Pacific—to dispel the narrative about sharks (from Jaws to “Shark Week,)” which claims they’re terrifying underwater predators. McKeever says, “Sharks are unequivocally essential to maintaining a balanced ecosystem. When these important apex predators are removed from the ocean, the effect on reefs, seagrass and all the marine ecosystems is catastrophic for generations to come.”
- Why: After McKeever saw a shark tournament, he was so incensed that he left his job in finance and now donates all of his time to ocean conservation and saving sharks. He embarked on a two-year journey around the world to write the book and produce the film because every year the plight of the shark is getting worse.
- Emperors of the Deep features the first female captains of Greenpeace’s Rainbow Warrior, the South African trackers of great whites, and the self-professed “last great shark hunter.”
- The book includes interviews with world-renowned shark scientists who have examined the Mako, Tiger, Hammerhead, and Great White sharks.
- McKeever dispels the myth of sharks as man-eaters. Humans killed 100 million sharks last year while human fatalities from sharks were only 4 WORLDWIDE.
- Sharks are in trouble. An estimated 32 percent of open ocean sharks—including the scalloped hammerhead and whale shark—are currently threatened with extinction.
- Sharks are 450 million years old and have survived five extinction level events, including the one that killed off the dinosaurs.