Emperors of the Deep

Special Interest Speaker Series


Emperors of the Deep takes the reader on a pulse-pounding tour around the world and deep under the water’s surface—from the frigid waters of the Arctic Circle to the coral reefs of the tropical Central Pacific, to look at sharks in new ways. McKeever interviews world-renowned shark scientists who have uncovered exciting new scientific discoveries that upends our views on sharks. The book examines the Big Four —Mako, Tiger, Hammerhead, and Great White, and reveals exciting new revelations about them and other sharks. For example, did you know that Thresher sharks hunt with their tail, the only fish in the ocean that does this, which they fling at prey at 80 miles an hour?

McKeever dispels the old narrative on sharks from Jaws to “Shark Week,” which claims sharks are terrifying cold-blooded, underwater predators. In the book, McKeever makes a case that sharks are unequivocally essential to maintaining a balanced ecosystem. When apex predators like sharks are removed from the ocean, the effect on reefs and seagrasses is catastrophic.  Through the content provided in the book, and supporting b-roll footage from the author’s upcoming full-length documentary, McKeever literally takes a deep-dive into the misunderstood world of sharks; and is on a mission for everyone to put their spears down and understand this “urgent call to protect them.” 

In his new book, Emperors of the Deep:  Sharks—The Ocean’s Most Mysterious, Most Misunderstood, and Most Important Guardians  author and Conservationist William McKeever is on a mission to change everyone’s views of the mysterious creatures of the deep. “With 100 million sharks killed a year, sharks are now facing the greatest threat to their existence in their 450million-year history,” says William McKeever, founder of Safeguard the Seas, an NGO dedicated to ocean conservation.

Author William McKeever (WG'80) is the founder of Safeguard the Seas, an NGO dedicated to ocean conservation, and is the producer and director of the forthcoming feature-length documentary Man Bites Shark. He lives in New York City.

Friday, November 22, 2019
6:00pm - 6:30pm Wine Reception
6:30pm - 7:30pm Documentary Viewing, Lecture with Q&A
7:30pm Networking continues with books available

Midtown location (Note: Address will be sent via email to all registered guests 24-48 hours prior to the event to the "Primary Email" address listed in your profile. Please review your profile to confirm that the email address listed is correct.)

WCNY Supporting Members - $30 (WCNY supporting membership costs $95/yr at Join/Renew Membership)
Other Wharton Alumni & Alumni Guests - $60

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