Beneath the warm, clear waters of the Maldives lies a wonderful world of extraordinary sea creatures. This truly magnificent spectacle is captured in 352 pages of vivid photographs with authoritative text by Australia’s leading Marine Naturalist, Neville Coleman. Although this book is based on scientific classification, its primary function is to encourage greater awareness among divers on a level that everyone can understand. Marine Life of the Maldives is an easy-to-use visual reference for reef walkers, snorkellers, and scuba divers. The text is informative and educational and illustrates almost every major group of marine invertebrates. It is supported by a full glossary to explain reference to scientific terms. By using this book as a guide, divers can recognize and understand more about the many creatures seen on the reefs and participate in their discovery. It provides the reader with an opportunity to explore previously unknown life forms and opens a whole new adventure into the world of marine invertebrates.
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Neville Coleman is one of Australia's most accomplished underwater natural history authors. He is the curator of the Australasian Marine Photographic Index, the largest scientifically-curated visual identification system in the Southern Hemisphere, with over 11,000 species photographed and catalogued. He is the author of over 50 books on marine life and has been involved in marine photography for over 30 years. In 1969 he began the Australian Coastal Marine Expedition, taking four years to travel over 64,000 kilometres around the Australian coast, observing, recording and photographing thousands of marine creatures. His collection of transparencies now exceeds 150,000.