The production and design of the Shark Doc, Shark Lab book represented a non-negligible challenge on many fronts…

Images had to be collected and sorted, and often edited as they had been stored for years, sometimes decades, in old albums, shoe boxes… We invited all the previous staff, students and scientists who had worked at the Shark Lab to contribute their stories and images, and we were very relieved to see that most were happy to assist.

Jeremy Stafford-Deitsch, the author of the book, spent many hours talking with Doc, his relatives and team to get the necessary background information onto which he could bas his work. Pierre-Yves Cousteau wrote the foreword for the book.

We enlisted the help and support from many professional and famous photographers who had visited the Shark Lab: Tim Calver, David Doubilet, Doug Perrine and Brian Skerry.

Several artists also contributed to an appealing visual experience for the reader: Gregory Gilbert-Lodge for the splendid cover, Keith Witmer for the portraits, and Marc Dando for the illustrations.

And last, but not least, the graphic designer, Peter Scholl, who managed to create a unique design for this book, and integrate the text, images and artwork in an artful and meaningful manner.

We would like to thank everyone who has helped create this book in honour of Dr Samuel ‘Doc‘ Gruber, his 50+ years of work in Elasmobranch research and conservation and the 25th anniversary of the Shark Lab.

Peter Scholl | Graphic Designer


Jeremy Stafford-Deitsch | Author and Writer


Gregory Gilbert-Lodge | Artist and Illustrator


Keith Witmer | Artist and Illustrator


Published by the Save Our Seas Foundation (SOSF)
Registered address: Rue François Bellot 6, CH-1206 Geneva, Switzerland
Office address: Rue Philippe Plantamour 20, CH-1201 Geneva, Switzerland |

Edited by Michael Scholl
Text written by Jeremy Stafford-Deitsch
Copy Editing and Proofreading by Leni Martin
Art Direction and Design by Peter Scholl |
Photography credits as indicated in the captions included with the images
Cover Illustration Copyright © 2015 Gregory Gilbert-Lodge |
Cover Design by Peter Scholl, Vevey, Switzerland |
Content Illustrations Copyright © 2015 Marc Dando |
Portrait Illustrations Copyright © 2015 Keith Witmer |
Reproduction by Resolution Colour, Cape Town, South Africa |
Printed by CPI - Ebner and Spiegel, Ulm, Germany |