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Strange Sea Creatures

Art / Photobook Popular Science
By: Erich Hoyt(Author)
111 pages, 90 colour photos
Publisher: Firefly Books
Strange Sea Creatures
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  • Strange Sea Creatures ISBN: 9780228102977 Hardback Oct 2020 In stock
Price: £19.95
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Marine researchers are discovering new ocean creatures every day, especially at its deepest depths. From the author of Creatures of the Deep, Encyclopedia of Whales, Dolphins and Porpoises and other books about the ocean and the animals that live there, comes a new title about some of the most unusual marine life forms.

Strange Sea Creatures organizes the creatures into three parts based on where they live in the ocean. Each part has representatives from the various marine animal classes (e.g., fish, crustaceans, jellyfish and siphonophores, squids, tunicates and other invertebrates). Informative captions accompany the 90 gorgeous photographs of otherworldly creatures.

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Erich Hoyt has spent much of his life on or beside the sea, working with whales and dolphins and marine conservation in the world's oceans. A noted conservationist and scientist and an award-winning author, he has written 24 books including the acclaimed Orca: The Whale Called Killer, Insect Lives, The Earth Dwellers, Creatures of the Deep, and Marine Protected Areas for Whales, Dolphins and Porpoises, and the children's books Weird Sea Creatures and Whale Rescue. He lives in Bridport, Dorset.

Art / Photobook Popular Science
By: Erich Hoyt(Author)
111 pages, 90 colour photos
Publisher: Firefly Books
Media reviews

"Explores unusual marine organisms from all over the world, organized for the reader by their depth below the surface. The photos in this book (taken from biologists' and divers' explorations) are stunning, and the contrast between organisms and the dark background allows the reader to focus on the small and intricate anatomical details of these exotic creatures [...] This book shines as a collection of biology-related artwork evoking curiosity and appreciation for the vast array of marine habitats and fauna."
American Biology Teacher

"What are contained in the book are photos like few you may ever view in your lifetime [...] With a detailed description of each, the book will dazzle young and old alike for hours. You will come back to the book often, marvelling again and again."
Shelf Life

"Erich Hoyt has spent much of his life on or beside the sea, working with whales and dolphins and marine conservation in the world's oceans. This very real sense of being 'in tune' with sea and all its aspects, certainly comes across in Strange Sea Creatures. Aside from the use of obviously amazing images – including a good number using macro-photography – the book's parade of sea creatures is both fascinating and, in some cases, just bizarre."
– Henricus Peters, Environmental Education Journal

"Sea creatures from the depths of our oceans fill the pages of a stunning new book by Erich Hoyt [...] The book is filled with images of the otherworldly sea life that fills the oceans alongside amazing facts and information from the wildlife expert."
– Rowan Jones for Reading Addicts blog

"Hoyt provides the expert commentary [...] These alien deep sea creatures are presented mostly on their own, against black backdrops, in three sections: The Blackwater Vertical Migrators, Masters of the Language of Light, and The Bottom Dwellers. Our role is primarily as viewers, marvelling at their strangeness and beauty."
– Barry Cottam, Canadian Field-Naturalist Journal

"Selection, Holiday Gift Guide 2020 [...] The photos in this book are fascinating and a tad bit terrifying, even though most of the creatures could easily fit in your hand and some are so small you wouldn't actually see them without a microscope."
–Lisa Day, Followsummer blog

"A young wunderpus octopus, staring you right in the eye, is the perfect choice for the opening spread of Eric Hoyt's latest book celebrating the oceans' wonders. It's the first of a pageant of night-time vertical migrators that, for me, are the most compelling images in this book. Page after page, we see the surprising shapes, colours and intricate details of secretive animals – many in their juvenile forms – that dash to the surface on nocturnal forays. Hoyt's curated collection of images from various underwater photographers continues into the deep twilight zone and onto the seabed, showcasing the mesmerizing range of life far beneath the waves."
BBC Wildlife Magazine

"The photos are spectacular [...] There are some fascinating sea creatures in this book, many of which I have never heard of before. Hoyt writes a really powerful message about the ocean and us humans who are destroying that is worth the read. The author has spent much of his life on are beside the sea and has written 24 books."
– Lisa Day, Book Time blog

"Most of us will never travel to the ocean's depths to see its otherworldly creatures, so it's lucky for us that biologist and writer Erich Hoyt has brought them to the surface and onto the page in Strange Sea Creatures."
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