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From internationally renowned marine biologist Richard Smith comes an underwater journey into the homes of hundreds of unknown sea creatures.
The author has dived into the ocean more than thirty-five hundred times. He regularly comes face to face with sea animals most of us have never heard of, and certainly never seen; he's even discovered many of them. In The World Beneath, Smith takes us through the mysterious, sprawling deep blue sea and introduces us to its jaw-dropping, but unknown residents.
Through his mesmerizing words and his award-winning photography, we venture deep into the unknown with him as our guide. We meet his beloved pygmy seahorse, which he is the world's leading expert on. We dive with him in the Atlantic, the Pacific, and the Indian Ocean. We meet the likes of viperfish, vampire squid, spider crabs, and frilled sharks.
Many of the creatures Smith introduces us to are friendly, others are deadly, but they're all fascinating. Sadly, many of them are in jeopardy with likely extinction ahead. We get to meet them before it's too late.
Complementing the text are thirty-two jaw-dropping and richly coloured photographs from Smith's expeditions. These include some of his award-winning ones and others being seen for the very first time. They show the striking colours of the sea creatures and give a remarkable up-close view of their world.
1. Diving In
2. How the Reef Works
3. The Coral Triangle
4. Discoveries of the 21st Century
5. Things That Live on Things
6. Pygmy Seahorses
7. Fascinating Parasites
8. Colors of the Reef
9. Flashers and Fairies
11. Future of the World's Reefs
Dr. Richard Smith is a marine biologist and conservation expert, an award-winning underwater photographer and videographer, a public speaker, and the leader of diving expeditions around the world; he's been on more than thirty-five hundred dives since 1996. Dr. Smith has written hundreds of articles, published internationally, with a primary focus on conservation, marine life, and travel. His photographs have also been featured around the world, including on dozens of magazine covers and in exhibitions, and he's won several awards for them. His narrated documentary video Raja Ampat: Diving the World's Richest Reefs premiered at the Australia International Dive Expo in 2015. In 2016, he was invited to the Datai Langkawi in Malaysia to film a natural history documentary series about local reefs. Dr. Smith has a bachelor's degree in Zoology from the University of Southampton, England, a master's degree in Marine Ecology and Evolution from the University of Queensland, Australia, and a PhD, also from the University of Queensland, which he received for his pioneering research on the biology and conservation of pygmy seahorses; it was the first PhD ever awarded for this subject. Dr. Smith is part of a small group of syngnathid researchers and conservationists who make up the IUCN Seahorse, Pipefish and Stickleback Specialist Group. The group is the recognized world authority on these fishes and is dedicated to their conservation through the World Conservation Union. He was also recently appointed as the Global Pygmy Seahorse Expert for iSeahorse.org, which uses citizen science to further the research and conservation of seahorses. As a public speaker, Dr. Smith has been invited to speak on marine life at conferences and events around the world for the last decade. He lives in England.