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Certainly More Than You Want to Know About the Fishes of the Pacific Coast First Edition
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I ripped open the package and I was not disappointed. If David Sedaris, Ray Troll, Carl Hiassen, Gary Larson, and Dave Barry had been locked up in a room to produce this book, it might have looked a lot like this. Milton Love, titular head of the "Love Lab" at UC Santa Barbara, systematically discusses all of the major families of saltwater and anadromous fishes of the Pacific Coast. For each species, or group of species, Dr. Love provides information on fish names, basic morphology, life history, fishery, along with numerous fishy factoids and observations.
This reference book is illustrated with hundreds of high quality color underwater photographs. Love supplements the photos with a wide range of fish-related art works to illustrate the range of things artists do to, and with, fishes.
The book is not a fish key. The author provides plenty of references to those who want to access keys or important reference papers and books related to Pacific fishes. A useful glossary helps the non-fish expert with definitions of the key technical terms used.
Even though it is written in lay terms, this is not a book that you sit down with and read through in one sitting. It has way too much too much interesting information and stories to absorb at once. I thought I could read a bit each night in bed before sliding off to "sleep with the fishes". However, it is challenging to hold up a five pound book in bed and I feared a crushed windpipe if I dozed off before setting it aside.Read more ›
While the ultimate scientific paper "reads like it was written by a constipated robot," Love's goal is to humanize the science, which he cautions is intentionally written without emotions, which might cloud the interpretation of the data. Love not only humanizes the science, he crosses the boundaries between science and art, throwing in paintings, songs, and poetry, as well as a style that would hold up well in an interview on The Jon Stewart Show. He also wants to provoke emotions in the readers, awe and wonder at the richness and complexity of this underwater world that we know to little about, and an appreciation for species that if we encounter them, it is as a fillet on a plate, cut from an animal that most of us cannot even imagine.
Love grew up in Southern California in the 1950s, a small boy obsessed with catching a lot of brilliantly-colored fish. He turned that fascination into a fisheries science degree that deepened his interest in one particular family of fish, the family known as Sebastes. Briefly put, he thinks they are cool. Along with fellow scientists Mary Yoklavich and Lyman Thorsteinson, Love wrote a book about how cool they are, The Rockfishes of the Pacific Northwest, published by the University of California Press in 2002. Why are they cool? Love and his friends wrote 405 pages explaining why.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Milton's latest is a classic and an incredible source of information for a marine biologist like myself as well as the general public. Written with Milton's unique humor!Published 2 months ago by Dr. Bill Bushing
Superb photos; highly knowledgeable author who is expert in his field.Published 12 months ago by Cameron Smith
Interesting book. Full of colorful commentary and little anecdotes about the various fish of the west coast. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Brian Herold
It's a big book, 600+ pages. It covers hundreds of fish, written in Dr. Love's very readable and commonsense style, with enough interesting asides to make it something I'm reading... Read morePublished 14 months ago by PeterAZ
My husband and I have been fishing the SoCal coast for 30 years. We thought we knew a thing or two about the fish of the area. Not! Read morePublished 16 months ago by D. Archibald
This is a wonderful treatment of the fishes of the pacific coast. While some of the humor is a little corny for my taste, it is SO MUCH better than the dry recitation of figures... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Lee H.
Very worth while and exactly what I wanted to know. This book is a great resource in any collection. If you only buy one book to reference from this is it.Published on April 23, 2014 by Jason Blalock
If you enjoy knowing your fish and enjoy great humor, you will LOVE Dr. Love!!! This is a very detailed book with great pictures and illustrations.Published on February 5, 2014 by Randall M. Tyle