Sharks and Dinosaurs – Pop-up books on steroids

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See sample pages from this book at Wink.

There are only five “pages” in each of these books despite their 3-inch thickness. That is because each page is stuffed with layers and layers of ingenious interacting bits of printed paper, which magically assemble themselves into an alternate reality when each page is opened. Yes, it is a pop-up book, but a pop-up raised to an exponential level. A pop-up on steroids, or acid. Pop-up as extreme sport. The engineering is astounding. As a page is opened a 3D apparition appears, often with its own narrative, first one part and then another. The resulting paper sculpture is the story made real. The textual story is minimal; all the action is in the structures. Kids love to see how they work. The only downside to these books that belong on paper is not letting children paws tear the mechanics. These two books feature all kinds of pre-historic dinosaurs, and sharks of all types. But the artist behind them, Robert Sabuda, has half a dozen other books with the same kind of extreme pop-up-ness.

Encyclopedia Prehistorica: Sharks and Other Sea Monsters by Robert Sabuda and Matthew Reinhart Candlewick 2006, 12 pages, 7.8 x 9.9 x 2.1 inches $1 - $50 Buy a copy on Amazon

Encyclopedia Prehistorica: Dinosaurs by Robert Sabuda and Matthew Reinhart Candlewick 2005, 12 pages, 8 x 10 x 2.5 inches $24 Buy a copy on Amazon Read the rest

Divers hunt for fossil teeth from the ancient world's largest shark—and find plenty

A Megalodon shark tooth fossil. Photo: Johnny Cercopely.
The teeth of a giant shark known as Megalodon, the ancestor of sharks still found off the South Carolina coast, can be found throughout the Lowcountry.

Great white shark bit this California surfer's board, but fortunately not the surfer

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On Saturday, Elinor Dempsey, 54, was surfing Morro Strand State Beach near San Luis Obispo, California when she noticed a great white shark approaching her. Read the rest

Watch a seal narrowly escape a great white shark's jaws of death

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...for the moment anyway.

Failed predation attempt off Monomoy, Cape Cod (8/17/15)- filmed by Dr. Greg Skomal of the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries working with Atlantic White Shark Conservancy.

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Two Florida bros rescue a stranded hammerhead shark

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Warning: Not recommended. If you see stranded marine life, call your local fish and wildlife authority, or ask a marine biologist. Read the rest

Archie vs Sharknado worth a giggle

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The kids of Riverdale have to take on a Sharknado: a storm that unites Betty and Veronica like never before and leaves Moose realizing that Reggie isn't that bad of guy.

The comic's special effects are more convincing than the movie's, I'll give it that.

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How to make a watermelon fruit bowl that looks like a voracious shark

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Mike Warren carved a watermelon into this delightful shark fruit bowl! Read the rest

WATCH: Sharks found living inside underwater volcano

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Sharkcano! National Geographic ocean engineer Brennan Phillips sent a camera into Kavachi, an active underwater volcano in the Solomon Islands. He was surprised to find species of sharks living in the volcanic plume. Read the rest

Shark repellants don't work

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Julia Child, before she was a celebrity chef, was a US intelligence officer who during World War II tried to develop a shark repellant for the Navy. It didn't work at all, and the search for an effective shark repellant continues to this day. Read the rest

Watch great white shark photobombed by another great white shark

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A great white shark photobombs another great white shark near Seal Island in Mossel Bay, South Africa. Read the rest

Great white shark tries to chew its way into diver's cage to eat screaming flesh treat

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Oh, how the flesh treat screams. Read the rest

Happy 40th anniversary, Jaws!

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Steven Spielberg's Jaws (1975) was released 40 years ago Saturday. Enjoy this "best of" montage. "The score was clearly responsible for half of the success of that movie," Spielberg once said. Read the rest

Close encounter with great white shark caught on video. Why is this diver not inside the cage?

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Dude. When there's a shark hanging out, humans like you are supposed to go inside, not on top of, the cage.

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Chocolate megalodon teeth for the Easter Dinoshark

Cast from a real fossil dino-shark tooth, available in milk, dark and white chocolate, just in time for Easter. (via Bruce Sterling) Read the rest

WATCH: Sharks' shoreline feeding frenzy on school of fish

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Fisherman Donnie Griggs captured the scene at North Carolina's Cape Lookout National Seashore. Below is a similar frenzy in the Bahamas. Read the rest

Massive whale shark lashed to truck

A fisher in China's Fujian province hauling home his catch of the day, a giant whale shark that reportedly weighed two tons and was 16 feet long. Read the rest

Stunning great white shark footage

Absolutely breathtaking great white shark footage captured by Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution researchers using their SharkCam underwater drone near Mexico's Guadalupe Island.

REMUS SharkCam is a specially outfitted REMUS-100 autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) equipped with video cameras and navigational and scientific instrumentation that enable it to locate, track, and film up close a tagged marine animal, such as a North Atlantic white shark (great white). The vehicle is pre-programmed to home in on a signal from a transponder beacon attached to the animal at depths up to 100 meters (330 feet) and in a variety of patterns and configurations.
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