Jacques-Yves Cousteau Joseph T. Evans - Essay

Joseph T. Evans

(Contemporary Literary Criticism)

[The Shark] consists of a series of fascinating narrations by the world famous underwater explorer Jacques-Yves Cousteau and his son Philippe. It concerns their preparation and voyage on the Calypso to seek, study, research, and photograph the activities and habitual movements of sharks. There are vivid, exciting narratives of encounters with sharks—sharks of different species and size, from the large whale shark to the hammerhead and dogfish. Experiences with the beautiful, agile, graceful vultures of the sea are told in a very special way proper only to one who has encountered them face to face or has watched them from within the protective cages that were used to study these "killers of the deep."…

Included with this narration are many magnificent colored photographs of beautiful underwater sights. In addition to these, photos depicting various activities of sharks from simple curiosities to extreme aggression are also included. Some of these photographs were taken with a wide angle lens about four feet from the shark.

This is a very interesting book for anyone desiring knowledge about this ancient, beautiful, graceful yet dangerous, savage creature which rules the sea and is feared by all men.

Joseph T. Evans, in a review of "The Shark," in Best Sellers, Vol. 30, No. 16, November 15, 1970, p. 345.