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Hebridean Sharker by Tex Geddes

Title Hebridean Sharker
Author Tex Geddes
Publisher Birlinn
Release 2013-05-13
Category Biography & Autobiography
Total Pages 170
ISBN 0857906437
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

In 'Hebridean Sharker' Tex Geddes describes his exploits during the 1950s as a hunter of basking sharks in the waters of the Minch, between the Inner and Outer Hebrides. Using an adapted whaling harpoon, he and his crew stalked these huge fish often in perilous conditions, the liver of which is a valuable source of oil. Always a maverick, before World War Two Geddes had been a boxer and a rumrunner to Newfoundland. During the war he established a reputation as an expert knife-thrower and bayonet fencer and served in the Special Forces with Gavin Maxwell (author of Ring of Bright Water). He combined the hazardous pursuit of sharks with crewing the local lifeboat, ring-net fishing, lobstering, deer-stalking and salmon poaching. He went on to purchase the tiny island of Soay, where he lived with his wife Jeanne, continued to hunt sharks and became the Laird. His story is full of adventures and fantastic descriptions of a seagoing life in the islands. It has become a Hebridean classic.

Title The Basking Shark in Scotland
Author Denis Fairfax
Publisher Dundurn
Release 1998-01-01
Category Basking shark
Total Pages 206
ISBN 9781862320949
Language English, Spanish, and French
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The Basking Shark in Scotland is based on archival sources, early historical works and interviews with surviving shark hunters. This 'gentle giant' of the seas, the largest fish in Scottish waters, is nowadays often in the news as conservationists press for its legal protection. Denis Fairfax provides a full history of the fishery for the shark, its anatomy and its biology. The basking shark's scientific history is treated extensively, including the Loch Ranza specimen featured by Thomas Pennant in his British Zoology. Shark incidents are recounted, including the famous Carradale incident of 1937 when an encounter with a basking shark led to the drowning of three people.

We Swim to the Shark by Georgie Codd

Title We Swim to the Shark
Author Georgie Codd
Publisher Hachette UK
Release 2020-01-30
Category Nature
Total Pages 336
ISBN 0708899161
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Georgie Codd is scared of fish. Really, really scared. Loving the sea and resenting her phobia, she plots to cross continents, learn to dive and swim with the world's biggest fish: the mighty whale shark. Georgie soon plunges into a realm of strange creatures and intrepid diving adventurers. But as her quest to fight fear expands over oceans, the shark remains elusive, and everything else starts to fall apart around her. 'We Swim to the Shark is a lesson in not giving up . . . as with all good adventure stories, the real benefit is in the searching' THE I 'An almost spiritual mission' TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT 'A terrific read' BBC RADIO NORFOLK 'An enthralling ride' ABC MELBOURNE

A Sea Monster s Tale by Colin Speedie

Title A Sea Monster s Tale
Author Colin Speedie
Publisher Princeton University Press
Release 2021-06-08
Category Nature
Total Pages 288
ISBN 0691232458
Language English, Spanish, and French
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There are few marine creatures as spectacular as the Basking Shark. At up to 11 metres in length and seven tonnes in weight, this colossal, plankton-feeding fish is one of the largest in the world, second only to the whale shark. Historically, Basking Sharks were a familiar sight in the northern hemisphere – off the coasts of Norway, Scotland, Ireland, Canada and the USA, for example. In an 18th Century world without electricity, they became the focus of active hunting for their huge livers containing large amounts of valuable oil, primarily used in lamps. Catch numbers were small enough to leave populations largely intact, but during the 20th Century a new breed of hunter joined the fray, some driven as much by a need for adventure as for financial gain. With improved equipment and experience, they exploited the shark on an industrial scale that drastically reduced numbers, leading to localised near-extinction in some areas. From the 1970’s onward a new generation took to the seas, this time with conservation in mind to identify where the shark might still be found in the waters around the British Isles, employing new technologies to solve long-standing mysteries about the behaviour of this elusive creature. Using the best of both old and new research techniques, the case was built to justify the species becoming one of the most protected sharks in the oceans. Today, the Basking Shark is a much-loved cornerstone of our natural heritage. There are positive signs that the population has stabilised and may even be slowly recovering from the damage of the past, proving that timely conservation measures can be effective. Join us on a journey amidst wild seas, places, people and conservation history in the battle to protect this iconic creature – a true sea monster’s tale.

Title Field Guide to Lake Monsters Sea Serpents and Other Mystery Denizens of the Deep
Author Loren Coleman
Publisher Penguin
Release 2003-10-27
Category Reference
Total Pages 368
ISBN 110115344X
Language English, Spanish, and French
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From the serpentine "Champie" of Lake Champlain to the venerable "Nessie" of Loch Ness, extraordinary-and un-explained-creatures of the deep have been reported in sightings throughout the twentieth century. Now, two of the world's leading cryptozoological investigators provide a globetrotting field guide to when, where, and what kind of mysterious aquatic beasts have gripped the public—and sometimes the scientific—imagination. Filled with comprehensive drawings, classifications, and maps, their book offers an invaluable and unusual resource for the intrepidly curious to investigate these sightings firsthand or to simply enjoy the fascinating accounts that others have given.

Mysterious Creatures by George M. Eberhart

Title Mysterious Creatures
Author George M. Eberhart
Publisher ABC-CLIO
Release 2002-01-01
Category Science
Total Pages 800
ISBN 1576072835
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Offers a comprehensive guide to identifying animals yet to be officially recognized in science, and discusses where these animals live and why they remain a mystery.

Isles of the West by Ian Mitchell

Title Isles of the West
Author Ian Mitchell
Publisher Birlinn
Release 2012-07-30
Category Travel
Total Pages 338
ISBN 0857901885
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Mitchell's entertaining and thought provoking account of his luxurious quest to not only enjoy the beauty of the islands, but to come to an understanding of the places and the effect alien forces have on them. Sentimental and mercenary intrusion is examined in fascinating ways.

Blazing Paddles by Brian Wilson

Title Blazing Paddles
Author Brian Wilson
Publisher Birlinn Ltd
Release 2019-06-06
Category Sports & Recreation
Total Pages 256
ISBN 1788852028
Language English, Spanish, and French
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A new edition of an acclaimed, classic kayaking adventure, first published to great acclaim in 1988. Alone in his kayak, Brian Wilson sets off from the Solway Firth on a 2000-mile odyssey around Scotland’s extraordinarily varied coastline of cliffscapes, unspoiled shorelines, treacherous sea passages and beautiful Hebridean islands. Adventure is there aplenty as he battles with whirlpools, heavy seas and hypothermia and survives a close encounter with a killer whale. During the voyage, which finishes on the East Lothian coast at Seacliff, he meets a colourful cast of characters, including the larger-than-life famous shark hunter, Tex Geddes, Dr Stan the cave-dweller and even streaks naked in front of the Princess of Wales. Sometimes harrowing, frequently philosophical, and often hilarious, Blazing Paddles is also a perceptive commentary on the environmental issues which threaten the Scottish coastline and its unique and fragile wildlife.

Coastal Scotland by Stuart Fisher

Title Coastal Scotland
Author Stuart Fisher
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing
Release 2020-04-02
Category History
Total Pages 208
ISBN 1472958772
Language English, Spanish, and French
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With several thousand miles of coastline and nearly 800 islands, Scotland has the most diverse coast of the United Kingdom. From the wild waters around Cape Wrath to the serene beaches of the Silver Sands of Morar, via one of the world's largest whirlpools at Corryvreckan, this new book journeys around the varied shorelines of Scotland to complete the most comprehensive survey ever taken. Stuart Fisher, bestselling author of the similarly comprehensive Canals of Britain, visits all the places of interest along the entire coastline of Scotland: from rugged countryside edging the Highlands to modern cities, via firths and sea lochs, exploring history and heritage, striking architecture and dramatic engineering, wildlife, wonderful flora and fauna, art and literature. His journey takes him from industrial hubs to small villages and fishing communities, providing a keen insight into what makes each stretch of Scotland's shoreline unique and special. Evocative and often dramatic colour photographs help capture the great variety of the coast, and maps, book covers, stamps and local artefacts help convey the character of each area. This comprehensive and absorbing survey is a treasure trove of interest and knowledge for walkers, cyclists, boaters, holidaymakers and indeed anyone with an interest in coastal Scotland.

Pabay by Christopher Whatley

Title Pabay
Author Christopher Whatley
Publisher Birlinn Ltd
Release 2019-07-18
Category History
Total Pages 320
ISBN 1788852087
Language English, Spanish, and French
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The tiny diamond-shaped island of Pabay lies in Skye’s Inner Sound, just two and a half miles from the bustling village of Broadford. One of five Hebridean islands of that name, it derives from the Norse papa-ey, meaning ‘island of the priest’. Many visitors since the first holy men built their chapel there have felt that Pabay is a deeply spiritual place, and one of wonder. These include the great 19th-century geologists Hugh Miller and Archibald Geikie, for whom the island’s rocks and fossil-laden shales revealed much about the nature of Creation itself. Len and Margaret Whatley moved to Pabay from the Midlands and lived there from 1950 until 1970. Leaving a landlocked life in Birmingham for the emptiness of an uninhabited island was a brave and challenging move for which nothing could have prepared them. Christopher Whatley, their nephew, was a regular visitor to Pabay whilst they lived there. In this book, based on archival research, oral interviews, memory and personal experience, he explores the history of this tiny island jewel, and the people for whom it has been home, to create a vivid picture of the trials, tribulations and joys of island life.

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