No one can tell just what a shark will do. Until there is blood in the water. Then, watch out! The tang of sea air, the spirit of adventure, and the scent of fear mix in this saga of the sharks of the Pacific and the seas beyond. Captain WilliamMoreNo one can tell just what a shark will do.
Until there is blood in the water. Then, watch out! The tang of sea air, the spirit of adventure, and the scent of fear mix in this saga of the sharks of the Pacific and the seas beyond. Captain William Young, a California-born hunter of sharks in all the worlds oceans, lived in Hawaii at the turn of the century, mixing with Hawaiian royalty and learning the lore and seaways of the islands where the shark is a god.
Working on a cargo schooner between the islands, he heard his first shout of Mano! -- Shark -- and developed a life-long resolve to catch them. Written with extraordinary zest and brio, Youngs account brings to life a Hawaii of palm-fringed beaches, torch-lit feasts, haunting music, valleys hung with rainbows, and an ultramarine sea where man and shark vied with each other.
Expeditions to chase and catch sharks are described in compelling detail, along with a wealth of shark legends and traditions as well as island anecdotes in which the shark played a part. Youngs pursuit takes him to Australia, the Caribbean, and the Red Sea, but Hawaii and the Hawaiian sharks are always in his minds eye, for he becomes a kane mano himself -- as much shark as man. There are drawings of sharks, descriptions of shark types, photographs, and a section on shark leather. This is a thrilling book, one which allows the reader to share in the kind of life that many long to lead- to read it is a privilege and delight.