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Reef Life : A Guide to Tropical Marine Life
by Brandon Cole and Scott Michael


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"A practical, up-to-date, comprehensive guidebook for divers, naturalists and students, featuring more than 1000 color photographs of 800 species of ocean life."

From tide pools to coral reefs and the open ocean beyond lies a world abounding with an assortment of colorful fish and fascinating creatures.  Read more...


 
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Overview

"A practical, up-to-date, comprehensive guidebook for divers, naturalists and students, featuring more than 1000 color photographs of 800 species of ocean life."

From tide pools to coral reefs and the open ocean beyond lies a world abounding with an assortment of colorful fish and fascinating creatures. The lure of the life that inhabits the ocean's reefs and open water is no secret to scuba enthusiasts and snorkelers who enjoy the opportunity to gaze upon this wonderful world through their dive masks. "Reef Life" identifies the most-likely encountered underwater life in the tropical marine environment, featuring more than 800 beautiful color photographs that provide the keys to this magnificent world.

A gallery of more than 400 species offers readers an extensive identification guide to the most-likely encountered fishes and features each in detail: name, species, habitat, range and a description particular to the animal covered. With sections on invertebrates and algae, this guide reveals much about the range of animals and plants in the undersea ecosystem. Included is behavioral information on feeding, mimicry, and symbiosis, providing insights into natural survival strategies taking place among animals beneath the ocean surface.

The clear, concise descriptions of the myriad of animals in the tropical oceans are collected in this handy, portable and comprehensive reference for use in the field or at the desk. The surveys of the tropical ocean regions and sea life around the world include:
The Caribbean The Hawaiian Islands French Polynesia The Fijian Islands The Philippines and South China Sea Micronesia The Indonesian Archipelago Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands The Great Barrier Reef Western Thailand and Andaman Sea The Maldives and Western Indian Ocean The Red Sea Tropical Eastern Pacific.

 
Details
  • ISBN-13: 9781770851900
  • ISBN-10: 1770851909
  • Publisher: Firefly Books
  • Publish Date: March 2013
  • Page Count: 616
  • Dimensions: 7.2 x 6.5 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds


Related Categories

Books > Nature > Environmental Conservation & Protection - General
Books > Nature > Animals - Fish
Books > Nature > Ecosystems & Habitats - Oceans & Seas

 
Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2013-04-08
  • Reviewer: Staff

Anyone fascinated by the underwater world will be riveted by the photos in this richly illustrated guide. Cole, a biologist and photographer, has captured incredible shots of underwater coral reefs, sea horses, whales and fish over the course of his 20-year career spent photographing ‘life aquatic' for magazines such as National Geographic, Scientific American and Smithsonian. Readers can lose themselves in the magnificent environment beneath the sea, observing a parrot fish sleeping in its mucus cocoon and a manta ray being cleaned by two remoras as a diver swims nearby. The text, written by Michael, who has worked as a scientific consultant for National Geographic and the Discovery Channel, is aimed at the novice, but it is a comprehensive resource on the many different aquatic species that make their homes in and around the world's reefs. Each listing gives the creature's dimensions, location and specific details about its behavior. For snorkelers or divers who enjoy identifying the underwater life they have seen, this well researched and impeccably documented book will be an invaluable resource. The final chapter focuses on conservation of marine ecosystems, detailing pollution and other problems these ecosystems face, as well as a few success stories. (March) North American Distribution: FireFly Books.

 
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