The Devil's Teeth

The Devil's Teeth

A True Story of Survival and Obsession Among America's Great White Sharks

Book - 2005
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A journalist's obsession brings her to a remote island off the California coast, home to the world's most mysterious and fearsome predators-and the strange band of surfer-scientists who follow them
Susan Casey was in her living room when she first saw the great white sharks of the Farallon Islands, their dark fins swirling around a small motorboat in a documentary. These sharks were the alphas among alphas, some longer than twenty feet, and there were too many to count; even more incredible, this congregation was taking place just twenty-seven miles off the coast of San Francisco.
In a matter of months, Casey was being hoisted out of the early-winter swells on a crane, up a cliff face to the barren surface of Southeast Farallon Island-dubbed by sailors in the 1850s the "devil's teeth." There she joined Scot Anderson and Peter Pyle, the two biologists who bunk down during shark season each fall in the island's one habitable building, a haunted, 135-year-old house spackled with lichen and gull guano. Two days later, she got her first glimpse of the famous, terrifying jaws up close and she was instantly hooked; her fascination soon yielded to obsession-and an invitation to return for a full season. But as Casey readied herself for the eight-week stint, she had no way of preparing for what she would find among the dangerous, forgotten islands that have banished every campaign for civilization in the past two hundred years.
"The Devil's Teeth" is a vivid dispatch from an otherworldly outpost, a story of crossing the boundary between society and an untamed place where humans are neither wanted nor needed.
Publisher: New York : H. Holt, 2005.
ISBN: 9780805075816
Characteristics: 291 p., [16] p. of plates :,ill. ;,24 cm.
Additional Contributors: Casey, Susan 1962-


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Nov 07, 2017

A thoroughly, thoroughly enjoyable book. Highly recommended.

One favorite part was when she described an intern (I believe) freaking out after going out on an approximately 20 foot boot with the Great Whites. She said something to the effect of the person was expecting the sharks to be as long as the boat, but what they weren't expecting was for the sharks to be as WIDE as the boat. Wow.

Nov 04, 2015

Great read that really gives insight into the lives of not only these perfect predators but also the people who study them. That these islands are within spitting distance of San Francisco only makes the story better.

Nov 04, 2015

A gripping read! Author Susan Casey really sets the scene for a fascinating read about the Great White Sharks of the Farallon Islands.

Jul 23, 2014

Definitely an amazing read! It introduces new topics and feelings about great white sharks, and how we are too quick too assume that they are monstrous killing machines. It includes different studies that shark experts and scientists have run with the sharks, and how they've formed different bonds with different sharks, each with their own personality. I recommend this book to whoever is really interested and wants to know more about these creatures.

May 12, 2013

I liked it. It is not as good as her other book on waves, but as a scientist I thought she did a good job of reporting what she found on the island she was visiting. I wouldn't look at this book as an overarching book on waves as her last book was, but as a closeup look at great white behavior and what it feels like to study them. She is a little dreamy, but then so is most of mankind compared to me.

Nov 30, 2011

I loved this book! The subject was the researchers, their passion and methodology, and not necessarily the sharks, but there was plenty to learn about the Great Whites of the Farallons.

May 20, 2011

It's a quick read, but I was disappointed that this journalist spends more time talking about herself and how dreamy the biologists are, rather than sharks. In the end, I didn't learn that much about sharks except a few pithy anecdotes.

teacupfaerie Jul 16, 2010

Fascinating reading about a great topic. Scientists/Biologists doing great work.

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