Anyone interested in becoming involved with wild mushrooms had better have themselves a good field guide. For those in the Pennsylvania and Mid-Atlantic region, such a guide has long been Bill Russell’s 2006 book “Field Guide to Wild Mushrooms of Pennsylvania and the Mid-Atlantic,” part of the Keystone Books series from Penn State University Press.
“Science!” The famous exclamation from Thomas Dolby’s immortal pop hit from his 1982 “She Blinded Me With Science” (also covered to noteworthy effect by William Shatner in 2011) with which I startle my family and friends each time the subject is mentioned and I’m feeling a bit jocular.
Sure, sharks are sexy – that’s why so many people watch Shark Week; to see all the muscular, sleek, and popularly-thought dangerous species depicted. But what about all the other members of the Class Chondrichthyes? The skates, rays, and those fascinatingly curious chimeras? Don’t they deserve a bit of attention as well?
As Johns Hopkins University Press so well and succinctly points out in the description of the their new “Sharks of the Shallows,” “few places on Earth are home to the amazing diversity of shark species that beautify the shallow waters of Florida and the Bahamas.” Consequently, its author Jeffrey C. Carrier no doubt decided that this was the region on which to focus as a new book about the lives and behaviors of some of the planet’s most often mentioned sharks.