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Citizens of the Sea: Wondrous Creatures From the Census of Marine Life Hardcover – September 14, 2010
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|Coral reefs are full of hungry creatures, but the coloration of this poisonous sea slug (Phyllidia ocellata) warns predators that it is off the menu. (Darlyne A. Murawski/NationalGeographicStock.com, p. 37)||This baby slipper lobster is completely transparent before growing a thick shell. Its bizarre eyes may confuse predators while it floats in the plankton. (Peter Parks/SeaPics.com, p. 39)||Fast-growing giant kelps (Macrocystis pyrifera) form cold-water forests that many fish, invertebrates, and mammals call home. (Phillip Colla/SeaPics.com, p. 79)||"Smiling" for the camera, this colorful ember parrotfish (Scarus rubroviolaceus) shows off its impressive chops, which can easily pulverize coral. (Paul Sutherland/NationalGeographicStock.com, p. 148)|
"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 accompanying text is bright, fun to read, and chock full of the "beauty, weirdness, and wonder of the sea." Nancy is a serious scientist known for her work discovering new corals and figuring out new ways of classifying them. Increasingly, she has turned her attention to helping others understand the ocean's wonders — "as its citizens have no vote in any international body, but they need to be heard." This book is a unique combination of photos and substance." —Nancy Baron, Author of Escape from the Ivory Tower and Ocean Science Outreach Director for SeaWeb and COMPASS
“Citizens of the Sea,” is a dazzling collection of photographs of undersea creatures, with commentary by Nancy Knowlton, a marine scientist at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History and a leader of the census effort. The book’s goal is to introduce readers to the plants and animals that inhabit the marine world — from Antarctic ice to more than six miles down, near the bottom of the Marianas Trench, the deepest spot on the ocean floor. In its pages we encounter creatures both familiar and strange. Most will enjoy it as a journey through what remains a largely alien landscape filled with beautiful and often bizarre creatures." —Cornelia Dean, "Getting to Know Your Neighbors Below the Surface," The New York Times Science Section
The Census of Marine Life, a decade-long project encompassing more than 2,700 scientists across the world, sought to answer a basic but daunting question: What lives in the ocean? The census revealed thousands of new species. National Geographic's new book "Citizens of the Sea", captures many of them.—Washington Post
“Beautifully illustrated…an eye-opening introduction to the life in the sea that surrounds us.”
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Superficially, it looks like another pretty coffee table book of sea creatures that sits on your coffee table for a while as visitors occasionally flip through the photos. But when you take the time to sit down and digest the text, you realize the greatest strength of the book is the writing that supports the stunning photos. Dr. Knowlton (who is a long time friend) has dug up soooo many tidbits in support of the images that it almost reads like a trivia book. Everything from the fact that there are waaaay more bacteria in the ocean than stars in the sky, to defensive "rosettes" of spiny lobsters and whales, to the awesome Bob Marley Worm -- the book is packed with memorable details.
I once went to a diving trade show where they had slide show presentations from sport divers. One after another they got up and showed amazing underwater photos of fish and corals they had taken. The only problem was they had no idea of what was in the photos. So the audience -- hundreds of people -- just sat there in dead silence, cooing over the images, but having no clue of what they were seeing. This book is the opposite of that. For each photo, not only is your question of, "What's that?Read more ›
That's one good reason to have "Citizens of the Sea, The Wondrous Creatures from the Census of Marine Life" on hand in your living room, family room or wherever you entertain guests. While your hostess is getting things ready, you can breeze through the pages and actually learn something!
It is the difinitive book on the wierd, wonderful and wild animals of the sea, so many of which we know nothing about. And it is so easy to use.
This book also travels very well because of it's size.
It is a great hostess/holiday/birthday gift for ones who think they know what is under the blue water (which covers the majority of our blue planet)or for those who have heard that we know so little of what is "down there" and want to find out more.
Best of all is Nancy Knowlton's witty, fun, informative and experienced way of telling, in short form, about the "Methuselahs of the Deep" or the "Masters of Disguise".
The lay-out, color and variety of the photographs are engaging, sharp and plentiful.
If you've ever read to a 5 year old, 10 year old or 80 year old, or anywhere in between, you'll know that this is a book that will delight, engage and surprise any audience.
We should all have a copy just for our own edification.
Buy it now. Place it on your coffe table. You'll be glad you did!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A Christmas gift for my granddaughter majoring in marine biology - it was a perfect present. Well-written with beautiful photos and a cover gorgeous enough to serve as... Read morePublished 18 days ago by Coastal Shutterbug
I returned it because the images were not of suitable quality to use as drawing references. And I didn't like the layoutPublished 1 month ago by ribbon
This was a gift for my 9 year old nephew who loves marine biology. He loves this book! It's educational and the pictures are beautiful. Read morePublished 1 month ago by npview
Beautiful photos, easy to follow but still incredibly specific and scientific descriptions and nice sturdy pages. Great for young learners!Published 1 month ago by Lauren McInnis
I got this book shortly before a trip to the Monterrey Bay Aquarium ( an effort to save money on souvenirs for my marine biology loving kid)
Whoa. absolutely unbelievable!! Read more
The book itself was great! However, the binding in the middle of the book was already worn. Pages were just about to fall out upon purchase. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Tamara