The Devil's Teeth: A True Story of Survival and Obsession Among America's Great White Sharks

Version: Abridged
Author: Susan Casey
Narrator: Susan Casey
Genres: Science & Technology, Biology & Chemistry
Publisher: Random House Audio Assets
Published In: May 2005
# of Units: 5 CDs
Length: 5 hours
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Travel thirty miles north, south, or east of San Francisco city hall and you'll be engulfed in a landscape of thick traffic, fast enterprise, and six-dollar cappuccinos. Venture thirty miles due west, however, and you will find yourself on what is virtually another planet: a spooky cluster of rocky islands called the Farallones.

Journalist Susan Casey was in her living room when she first glimpsed this strange place and its resident sharks, their dark fins swirling around a tiny boat in a documentary. These great whites were the alphas among alphas, the narrator said, some of them topping eighteen feet in length, and each fall they congregated here off the northern California coast. That so many of these magnificent and elusive animals lived in the 415 area code, crisscrossing each other under the surface like jets stacked in a holding pattern, seemed stunningly improbable--and irresistible. Casey knew she had to see them for herself.

Within a matter of months she was in a seventeen-foot Boston Whaler, being hoisted up a cliff face onto the barren surface of Southeast Farallon Island--part of the group know to the nineteenth-century sailors as "Devil's Teeth." There she joined the two biologists who study the sharks, bunking down in the island's one habitable building, a haunted, 120-year-old house spackled with lichen and gull guano. Less than forty-eight hours later she had her first encounter with the famous, terrifying jaws and was instantly hooked. Curiousity yielded to obsession, and when the opportunity arose to return for a longer stay she jumped at it. But as Casey readied herself for shark season, she had no way of preparing for what she would find among the dangerous, forgotten islands.

The Devil's Teeth offers a rare glimpse into the lives of nature's most mysterious predators, and of those who follow them. Here 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.

Reviews (3)

The Devil's Teeth: A True Story

Written by Paperback Reader on May 31st, 2012

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Interesting story of sharks...who would have thought that they would be so interesting!

Lengthy Magazine Article

Written by Listening at 80 on April 12th, 2012

  • Book Rating: 3/5

Interesting story, although the author is kind of over the top with simile and metaphor galore. Worth a listen - truly easy listening because you don't have to think much.

Devil's Teeth

Written by Adam from New York, NY on February 5th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 3/5

Nice science and story--if you like sharks. a good read.

Author Details

Author Details

Casey, Susan

Susan Casey is the editor in chief of "O, The Oprah Magazine". She was previously the editor in chief of "Sports Illustrated Women "and an editor at large for Time Inc.'s 180 magazine titles. She also served as the creative director of "Outside" magazine where, with editor Mark Bryant, she led the magazine to three consecutive, history-making National Magazine Awards for General Excellence. At "Outside" she was part of the editorial team that developed the stories behind "Into Thin Air" and "The Perfect Storm". Her writing has appeared in "Esquire, Time, Fortune", and "Sports Illustrated". She is the author of "The Devil's Teeth: A True Story of Obsession and Survival Among America's Great White Sharks, The Wave: In Pursuit of the Rogues, Freaks, and Giants of the Ocean", and "Voices in the Ocean: A Journey into the Wild and Haunting World of Dolphins". She lives in New York City.