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Fire in the Sea Bioluminescence & Henry Compton's Art of the Deep

Art / Photobook
Series: Gulf Coast Books Series Volume: 25
By: David A McKee(Author), Henry Compton(Illustrator), Larry J Hyde(Contributor), Michael Barrett(Contributor), Jennifer Hardell(Contributor), Mark D Anderson(Contributor)
170 pages, colour illustrations
Fire in the Sea
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  • Fire in the Sea ISBN: 9781623490317 Hardback Feb 2014 Usually dispatched within 1-2 weeks
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The cold, stygian dark of the extreme sea depths is home to some of our planet's strangest creatures. Even their names evoke a science fiction adventure: dragonfishes, greeneyes, viperfishes, mirrorbellies, lanternfishes. Marine biologist Henry "Hank" Compton (1928–2005) of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department's Rockport Marine Lab was present on some of the earliest Gulf of Mexico cruises on which these fishes were collected for the first time in Texas waters.

Upon returning, Compton would retire to the darkroom he had constructed beneath a stairwell at the lab and photograph the specimens. A talented artist, Compton then painted watercolours based on his photographs. He allowed free rein to both his scientific judgment and his artistic vision as he constructed representations of how the specimens might have appeared in the crushing pressure of their alien environment.

Compton dubbed the series of deep-water paintings Fire in the Sea because of the shimmering bioluminescence common to these deep-water species. Then, along with taxonomic descriptions, he drafted fanciful narratives to accompany the paintings: quirky, humorous, and sometimes cryptic stories of the fishes in their unreachable habitat. Professor, researcher, and author David A. McKee has taken Compton's work, discovered in cardboard boxes following his death, and, along with others, provided chapters on bioluminescence, life in the deep, taxonomic arrangement, and life history information.

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David A. Mckee is a retired professor of biology at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, USA, where he taught marine biology courses for nearly 30 years.

Henry "Hank" Compton was a marine biologist with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department in Rockport, USA. He died in 2005.

Art / Photobook
Series: Gulf Coast Books Series Volume: 25
By: David A McKee(Author), Henry Compton(Illustrator), Larry J Hyde(Contributor), Michael Barrett(Contributor), Jennifer Hardell(Contributor), Mark D Anderson(Contributor)
170 pages, colour illustrations
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