Eco / Nature Book Log
Albatrosses, Petrels & Shearwaters May 2007
What diver hasn’t watched and wondered about the birds of the sea. Whether waddling in from a shore dive or bobbing on a diveboat far
offshore, divers often marvel at the antics of a wide range of birds often called “gulls” and wonder how they survive in such varied and
sometimes extremely harsh conditions. Wildlife artist Derek Onley and biologist Paul Scofield can help put names on these hardy avians and
describe their habits and ranges in their 256-page soft cover field guide from Princeton University Press. The guide is generously illustrated
with plates to help identify the birds, starting with a page that describes the general physiology. Once a bird is identified, readers are directed
to a page that describes the species in depth, including the scientific name, breeding, feeding, migration habits plus information on
conservation. Each entry is complete with a map that shows its habitat range. Printed on sturdy stock, this is a handy book to slip into the
dive bag to learn more about birds during surface intervals. ISBN 13: 978-0-691-13132-0. nathist.press.princeton.edu.
Voyage Of The Turtle May 2007
Carl Safina did leatherback turtles and people who enjoy reading about nature’s wonders a big favor by penning Voyage Of The Turtle, In
Pursuit Of The Earth’s Last Dinosaur.” The 384-page hard cover from Henry Holt & Co. is densely packed with facts on the incredible
creature whose 125-million-year reign on earth is being seriously threatened by humans. Safina, president of the Blue Ocean Institute and
holder of the Lannan Literary Award, got out of the library and into the field to research this book, logging notes on every continent.
Tracking by satellite shed light on the movement of leatherbacks, which grow to up to 2,000 pounds, in their 6,000-mile journeys from
California to New Guinea. A 17-page appendix has references for further reading and even tips on where to see these creatures in the wild.
While reading this book, you’ll understand why the Audubon Society named Safina as one of the leading conservationists of the 20th
century. This is a great follow-up to his award winning “Song For The Blue Ocean” and “Eye Of The Albatross.”
ISBN: 0-8050-7891-6. www.henryholt.com.
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Tour Scubazoo's reefs October 2007
Reefs are the rainforests of the sea, providing a home to more than 25 percent of all marine species. Despite their importance to life on
earth, their future is perilously tenuous from warming waters, wasteful fishing techniques and general apathy from humans who cannot see
the wonders beneath the sea. Scubazoo is a team of photographers who united to be ambassadors of reefs and their denizens by producing
Reef, a 360-page 10- by 12-inch hardcover book filled with stunning photos and information on marine life. DK divided the images into
sections on seascapes, diversity, survival, conservation, maps of various reefs and man's attempts to create them. Beyond fish portraits,
the Scubazoo team caught creatures in the act of feeding, avoiding being eaten, mating and other intimate moments. Acts of survival from
deceptive practices to schooling to symbiosis are explained in captions for each image, along with its location. A DVD accompanying the
book expands the content with vivid videos and commentary. Based in Sabah, Borneo, the photographers have some of most biologically
diverse waters at their doorstep, but other reefs, from the Pacific Northwest to the United Kingdom are represented as well. Book sales
help to support the Coral Reef Alliance. And every page, as Sylvia A. Earle says in her forward, "provides new insight into the nature of the
living ocean." ISBN: 978-0-7566-3122-2. www.dk.com.
See life of the seashore May 2008
Divers and beachcombers from Cape Cod north to tip of Labrador have a handy marine life in J. Duane Sept's "Photographic Guide to
Seashore Life in the North Atlantic" from Princeton University Press. Biologist Sept is an award winning photographer who filled the book
with some 300 crisp color photos of more than 225 intertidal species found on rocky shores, sandy shores, mud beaches and on floating
docks. The region is known for its large tidal shifts, which leave many plants and water denizens exposed at low tide. A three-page
illustrated index at the opening helps readers identify general families of creatures and plants, and points them to pages to fine-tune specific
species in subsequent chapters arranged by family. Each species is described in text, including the scientific name, and various facts about
its life and commercial value, if any. Drawings at the close of the book pinpoint eyes, mouths and other body parts. Sept provides
descriptions and contact information for parks and nature areas throughout the region, and suggests sources for further reading. A
comprehensive index helps readers find information quickly. The 226-page 5.5- by 8.5-inch slips easily into a backpack and it's printed on
durable paper. ISBN: 978-0-691-13319-5. www.press.princeton.edu.
Eight arms to grip a reader July 2009
What diver doesn't love to encounter an octopus – the lithe cephalopod that seemingly oozes across the seabed or disappears into a cloud of
ink if frightened. Marine scientists James A. Cosgrove and Neil McDaniel share their love of the critters in Super Suckers. Based in British
Columbia, Canada, they were able to document the life and behavior of the granddaddy of them all, the giant pacific octopus, as well as
other related species of squids, ammonites and nautiluses. Their 208-page soft cover from Harbour Publishing has nine chapters packed
with facts, anecdotes and tall tales about these curious creatures. Everything from Native American lore to the biological aspects to hair-
raising encounters to the importance of the fishery is covered in easy-to-read text that makes the reader marvel more than ever about
cephalopods of the world. Historic and unusual photos, including many by Cosgrove and McDaniel, are displayed on nearly every page,
making the presentation as colorful as the authors' text. A glossary of terms, bibliography and comprehensive index wrap up the book,
which will make divers want to be under the sea in an octopuses' garden. ISBN: 978-1-55017-466-3. www.harbourpublishing.com.