Neighborhood Sharks Bibliography

Scientific research is a lot of work, and field scientists are among the most patient folks on earth! Over the last three years I’ve fallen in love with learning about white sharks (and sharks in general) and hope that a few of the following resources will serve those readers who would like to learn more. Please note that many of the books and articles listed are written at an adult scientific reading level.

The following bibliography is a list of sources for Neighborhood Sharks. New relevant books and studies will be added to the list as new work on the Farallon white sharks is published!



Ellis, Richard, and John McCosker. Great White Shark. Palo Alto, CA: Stanford University Press, 1991.

Hodgson, Edward S and Mathewson, Robert F. Sensory Biology of Sharks, Skates, and Rays. Arlington, VA: Office of Naval Research, Department of the Navy, 1978 (Vision pp: 15-17, 25.

Jorgensen, Sal. Sharks: Ancient Predators in a Modern Sea. Canada: Firefly Books, 2013.

Klimley, A. Peter. The Secret Life of Sharks. New York, NY: Simon & Schuster, 2003.

Klimley, A. Peter. The Biology of Sharks and Rays. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, 2013

Klimley, A. Peter, and David G Ainley. Great White Sharks: The Biology of the Carcharodon carcharias. San Diego, CA: Academic Press, Inc., 1996.

Steel, Rodney. Sharks of the World. New York, NY: Sterling Publishing Co., Inc., 1998.

White, Peter. The Farallon Islands, Sentinels of the Golden Gate. San Francisco, CA: Scottwall Associates, 1995.



Anderson, S., Chapple, T. K., Jorgensen, S. J., Klimley, A. P., and Block, B. June 2011. “Long-term individual identification and site fidelity of white sharks, Carcharodon carcharias, off California using dorsal fins.” Marine Biology 158, pp 1233-1237

Block, B., Jonsen, I.D., Jorgensen, S.J., Winship, A.J., Shaffer, S.A., et al . July 2011. “Tracking apex marine predator movements in a dynamic ocean.” Nature 475, pp 86-90

Carey, F. G., Teal, J. M., and Kanwisher, J. W. July 1981. “The Visceral Temperature of Mackerel Sharks (Lamnidae).” Physiological Zoology, 54, No. 3 pp 334-344

Goldman, K.J. August 1997. “Regulation of body temperature in the white shark, Carcharodon carcharias.” Journal of Comparative Physiology B 167, pp 423–429

Gruber, S. H. and Cohen, J. L. 1985. “Visual System of the White Shark, Carcharadon carcharias, with Emphasis on Retinal Structure.” Memoirs of the Southern California Academy of the Sciences, 9, pp 61-72

Jorgensen, S. J., Arnoldi, N. S., Estess, E. E., Chapple, T. K., Ruckert, M., Anderson, S. D., and Block, B. October 2012. “Eating or Meeting? Cluster Analysis Reveals Intricacies of White Shark (Carcharodon carcharias) Migration and Offshore Behavior.” PLoS ONE 7(10): e47819

Jorgensen, S. J., Reeb, C. A., Chapple, T. K., Anderson, S., Perle, C., Van Sommeran, S. R., Fritz-Cope, C., Brown, A. C., Klimley, A. P., and Block, B. November 2009. “Philopatry and migration of Pacific white sharks.” Proceedings of the Royal Society B 277, pp 679-688.

McCosker, J. E. and Lea, R. N. 2006. “White Shark Attacks Upon Humans in California and Oregon, 1993-2003.” Proceedings of the California Academy of the Sciences 57, No. 17 pp 479-501

Pyle, P., Anderson, S., and Ainley, D. G. 1996. “Trends in White Shark Predation at the South Farallon Islands, 1968-1993.” pp 375-380 in Klimley and Ainley.

Chapple, T. K., Jorgensen, S. J., Anderson, S. D., Kanive, P. E., Klimley, A. P., Botsford, L. W., and Block, B. August 2011. “A first estimate of white shark, Carcharodon carcharias, abundance off Central California.” The Royal Society, Biology Letters 7, No. 4 pp 581-583.



The Great White Shark: Truth Behind the Legend. Paul Atkins, National Geographic, DVD, 1995.

 The Farallon Islands: California’s Galapagos., web video.

 The Great White Highway: Where the White Sharks Go, Discovery, DVD, 2012.



California Academy of Sciences (Check out their live Farallon webcam!)

Farallones Marine Sanctuary Association

TOPP (Tagging of Pacific Pelagics)

Monterey Bay Aquarium

Point Blue Conservation Science

Shark Net App (for iPod and iPad)



Hamady, L. L., Natanson, L. J., Skomal, G. B., and Thorrold, S. R. January 2014. “Vertebral Bomb Radiocarbon Suggests Extreme Longevity in White Sharks.” PLoS ONE 9(1): e84006. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0084006