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Coral Seas Hardcover – October 1, 1998

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Magnificent color photographs of the flora and fauna of the coral reef fill this large-format volume. Steene (Coral Reefs: Nature's Richest Realm, Crawford, 1990) is an experienced diver and underwater photographer who works with ichthyologists and marine biologists on Australia's Great Barrier Reef and elsewhere in the Pacific. An associate of the Australian Museum in Sydney and the Western Australian Museum in Perth, he has had several new species named after him. His brief text discusses coral reef conservation, the hazards and rewards of diving, and technical details of photography. Readership for this book will include underwater photographers, scuba divers, and the general public interested in marine biology. An index would have been useful for locating photographs of specific organisms. For public and academic libraries with large collections in related areas.?Judith Barnett, Pell Marine Science Lib., Univ. of Rhode Island, Kingston
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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This is an ambitious look at the immense variety of the life in oceans around the world. (Seattle Times 1999-12-05)

This book is all about one man's astounding vision, and his ability to document the bizarre beauty and grandeur of Indo-Pacific reefs ... these photographs are a triumph of patience, talent and countless hours beneath the sea. (Stephen Fink Rodale Scuba Diving 2000-03-01)

A blockbuster. ... Steene's remarkable and beautiful photographs break new ground. ... What a fine book to own! (www.undercurrents.com)
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  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Firefly Books (October 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1552092909
  • ISBN-13: 978-1552092903
  • Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 11.1 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,759,479 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Steene's photography is some of the best I've seen. I just received my copy of this book yesterday, and the pages are absolutely luminous with color. In terms of composition, artistic sensibility, and scientific interest, this book has to rank at the top of the field. I recommend it to anyone with an interest in South Pacific underwater photography.
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Roger Steene is an Ausie and sometimes the way he describes marine life (in person) might seem a little over exaggerated. He told me about the octopi that imitated other marine animals, but I took the description with a grain of salt until I saw the actual photos in his new book "Coral Seas." It is simple fantastic. The full frame, macro shots of rare species photographed on beautiful, complimentary backgrounds show the special skills this man has for illustrating the wonderous living animals that live in the sea. Many people will never get to the distant places where Roger took the pictures or have the sharpness of eye nor the skill in finding these rare marine animals. Therefore this book is a must in everyones library.Wilt Nelson
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This is a must-have coffee table book for any sea life or aquarium enthusiast. It is packed with spectacular full-color photos of the many beautiful, unusual & fascinating creatures of the reef.
A vast array of fish & invertebrates are included. Some of my favorites include a multicolored shore crab, bright red nudibranch & a translucent blue jellyfish. I also love the blue & white aeolid sea slug.
The odd-looking weedy scorpionfish, fingered dragonet & snapping shrimps really grab your attention. The numerous corals & octopi are also a treat. All the images are clear & many give very close up looks at the organisms.
Captions below give brief information on the creatures, such as defense methods, eating habits & mating rituals. Each is also identified by its both its Latin & common name. This is a gorgeous and informative book.
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Format: Hardcover
The photos are terrific. I love the short descriptions under the pictures which are very informative. I was disappointed with the print of the book. The printing did not do justice to the skill of the photographer. The pictures appeared very dull and lifeless, as if it went through the photocopier a lot of times. Not worth the [money] at all.
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