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Sharks, Skates, Rays and Chimeras of British Columbia
Sharks, Skates, Rays and Chimeras of British Columbia

Sharks, Skates, Rays and Chimeras of British Columbia

By Jackie King, By Gordon McFarlane, Photographs By Andy Murch, Foreword by Gavin Hanke

Royal BC Museum Handbook


232 Pages, 5.5 x 8.5

Formats: Trade Paper, PDF, Mobipocket, EPUB

Trade Paper, $19.95 (US $19.95)

Publication Date: May 2020

ISBN 9780772673350

Rights: WOR X CA

Royal British Columbia Museum (May 2020)
The Royal British Columbia Museum


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This book is for everyone interested in learning more about sharks and their relatives

Much fear of sharks is driven by media reports or films that sensationalize shark attacks, despite the rarity of such occurrences. With contributors ranging from Briony Penn to David Suzuki, Gary Geddes and Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas, this collection provides the most accurate and up-to-date information on chondrichthyans in British Columbia waters, including detailed species descriptions and identification information. Sharks, Skates, Rays and Chimeras of British Columbia presents sharks and their relatives as valuable members of our coastal fish community, worthy of respect, study, admiration, and protection.


"Sharks, Skates, and Rays of British Columbia is an indispensable guide to an incredible and misunderstood group of animals. In addition to a guidebook that will introduce BC residents to the many fascinating species that live in or visit our waters, this book also contains an introduction to key scientific and conservation principles associated with sharks and their relatives. Full of great information and beautiful photographs, this book is a must-have for marine biologists and fish lovers alike!" —Dr. David Shiffman, Marine conservation biologist, former Simon Fraser University Liber Ero Postdoctoral Research Fellow

"The more we come to know about and appreciate the lives of some of our lesser-known sea creatures the better we, as a society, can protect their—and our—future. Kudos to Gordon and Jackie for the considerable time, effort, and expertise that goes into generating such a publication, and Andy's photographic vision that brings the species to life. The smart use of "Quick Bite" references allows us a glimpse of the importance of these species to local First Nations and provides the reader with meaningful local coastal connections. I thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity read this and realize it will be valuable to researchers, commercial fishermen, and the public—especially children." —W.E. Lorne Clayton, Executive director, Canadian Highly Migratory Species Foundation, and co-owner, IEC International

"Who knew that there could be so many different sharks, skates, rays and chimeras in British Columbia waters! This eye-opening handbook and field guide, which combines amazing photographs and insightful species information, provides just the type of information most valued by divers, naturalists, commercial and sport fishers, fish biologists and managers, or indeed anyone interested in marine life. Sharks, skates and their relatives are truly fascinating creatures, and this handbook highlights their diversity off the west coast of Canada." —Dr. Steven Campana, Professor of Fisheries, Department of Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Iceland

"Detailed, thorough, comprehensive and wonderfully illustrated. This compendium of up-to-date information on sharks, skates, rays and chimaeras of British Columbia is authored by well-known and respected scientists with a wealth of personal experiences and expertise. The background biological information is easily understandable, the treatment of each species provides a guide to understanding the unexpectedly wide and surprising diversity of this group of animals in Canadian waters, and the exceptional photographs by Andy Murch make this a standout addition to any library for scientists and non-scientists alike." —Dr. Jeffrey C. Carrier, Professor emeritus of biology, Albion College, and senior editor of Biology of Sharks and Their Relatives

"The authors have assembled an impressive compendium. After spending a lifetime at sea commercial fishing, I find this book provides valuable insight for ecological and fisheries scientists, managers and resource harvesters to consider when assessing how best to conserve and sustain these important species. The authors' contributions to this subject reflect years of experience and dedication to improving our understanding and relationship with aquatic ecosystems." —Brian Mose, Executive director, Deep Sea Trawlers Association

"Sharks, Skates, Rays and Chimeras of British Columbia is a long-overdue book on a diverse group of species found on our coast. This handbook is accessible to any reader and strikes the perfect balance of scientific detail, history, conservation, imagery and useful facts. Despite the comprehensive review, it left me contemplating how little we truly understand. Anyone interested in the natural history of British Columbia's marine life should have this on their shelf." —Scott Wallace, Senior research scientist, David Suzuki Foundation

Author Biography

Gordon McFarlane is a scientist emeritus at the Pacific Biological Station. Dr. Jackie King is a research scientist with Fisheries and Oceans Canada at the Pacific Biological Station in Nanaimo, BC. Andy Murch is the CEO and expedition leader at Big Fish Expeditions.