This book describes the ocean and its incredible biodiversity using the theme of champions - mixing obvious categories (like the largest, the smallest, and the deepest-dwelling creatures) with less obvious ones, such as the most social (killer whales and snapping shrimp), the best farmers (damselfish), and the most imitated (bath sponges).
Dr. Nancy Knowlton holds the Sant Chair in Marine Science at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History, where her research focuses on coral reefs.
Citizens of the Sea" is not a book to be read alone. It is packed with facts and photographs that are so cool, so bizarre, and so downright amazing that you'll want to make sure you have some willing company to share them with.[...] Although you may find yourself reading "Citizens of the Sea"cover-to-cover regardless of your intentions, its gorgeous photos, one-page stories, and "fast fact" boxes also lend themselves to coffee table perusal. The book would be an excellent vehicle for inspiring older children to get excited about the ocean, but I would particularly recommend it for adults who want to rekindle their childlike wonder. Just don't read it alone!" --Joanna Solins, CORAL Communications Associate
""Citizens of the Sea: Wondrous Creatures from the Census of Marine Life" by Nancy Knowlton is a new National Geographic production, and the perfect book for curling up with on a cloudy afternoon with a big pot of tea. The photos, of course, are mind blowing, and Nancy's acco