J.M. Garlock explores in detail & answers such questions as where & how do they attack? In which geographical areas is a human is most likely to be attacked? What are their physical attributes such as striking speed & camouflage that make them such a menace to swimmers, divers, snorkelers & anybody else who is in the water? Two other species, the mako shark & the blue shark also pose significant dangers to humans & are discussed.
Each decade is given its own chapter. Individual, fatal shark attacks are described in detail including location, date, name, age of victim, water depth, activity victim was engaged in such as swimming, surfing, snorkeling etc., description of wounds suffered by victim, type & length of shark & all the circumstances specific to the attack.
Examples of attacks that occurred during World War II, specifically those off the east coast of the United States in 1942 as seen from the perspective of a seaman aboard a torpedoed ship viewpoint & a witness on shore to the German U-boat attacks are given. There is also a section on the mass shark attack on the survivors of the USS Indianapolis that occurred during World War II.