179 pages, colour photos
In his internationally acclaimed, award-winning book, Living Shells, Dr. Rawlings introduced his readers to the amazing world of living seashells. In Living Mollusks, Dr. Rawlings, once again, propels the reader into the fascinating world of the living seashell and even beyond. Everyone knows what a mollusk is, what a seashell is...or do they? Most people know mollusks either as some slimy, slug-like creature, or as a menu delicacy such as clams or oysters. Most people know what a seashell is based upon their experience as a child collecting shells on the beach. These shells, however, are but pale remnants, ghostly reminders of the grandeur that the living animals possess. In fact, some of the most beautiful, most fascinating mollusks, leave no shell, no trace, no remnant of their existence to be found by an early-morning beachcomber. They are ethereal creatures, they leave no trace of their lives for us.
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Dr. Charles Rawlings has certainly led an adventurous life. After graduating from the prestigious Duke University for undergraduate studies, he attended Duke School of Medicine, where he became a distinguished neurosurgeon. Ten years later he decided to branch out in his career and he attended Wake Forest University School of Law and he was named a Juris Doctor in 2002. He has been admitted to the North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Texas, New Jersey, and South Carolina Bars and currently owns and operates the Rawlings Law Firm of Winston-Salem, North Carolina and has over fifty publications in various journals and dive publications covering a multitude of subjects. As if that was not enough, Dr. Rawlings has made quite a name for himself in the field of underwater photography. He s traveled the world and honed his art for over 25 years and his work has graced the cover of American Conchologist an impressive twelve times.