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About the Author

When not diving and photographing fish, Dr. Klaus M. Stiefel is a neurobiologist. Born in 1972, he grew up near Vienna, Austria, where he then studied Biology at the University of Vienna. After graduating, he moved on to get his doctorate at the Max Planck Institute for Brain Research in Frankfurt, Germany. He then joined the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in La Jolla, California, USA, before moving to Okinawa, Japan in 2006 and to the University of Western Sydney in Australia in 2011. Klaus got scuba certified together with his dad in Sicilly, Italy, in 1989 and has since dived in Corsica, Mauritius, the Egyptian Red Sea, an Austrian alpine lake, Southern California, The Pacific coast of Mexico, Cuba, Hawaii, Okinawa, Yonaguni and the Izu peninsula in Japan, Yap, Palau, the Great Barrier Reef, Coral Sea and the Sydney area in Australia and many places in the Philippines. Klaus has published his under water photography in the Mabuhay in-flight magazine of Philippine Airlines, Under Water Photography Magazine, Skin Diver Magazine (as the winner of the beginner macro category of the 2007 Kona Classic photography competition), and in a variety of on-line marine-life, conservation and biology blogs.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 210 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (May 18, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1475146892
  • ISBN-13: 978-1475146899
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.5 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,596,212 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

I'm a biologist, nature and ocean lover, scuba diver, under water photographer, traveler and writer. I've recently published "Sex, Drugs and Scuba Diving", a book combining writing about all of these passions with a lot of quality nature photography.

I am currently based in beautiful Sydney, Australia, where my life's journey has brought me after growing up in Vienna, Austria, with stints in Frankfurt, Germany, San Diego, USA, and Okinawa, Japan.

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By aflexer on August 22, 2012
Format: Paperback
Disclaimer: I am a personal friend of Klaus, so I might be a little biased
Disclaimer from Disclaimer: Nevertheless I am trying to be objective in my review

The book by Klaus Stiefel is an interesting and unique mix of biological, neuro-scientific, ecological and (pop)-cultural information all centered around diving some of the most beautiful spots around the globe. I highly enjoyed reading through the diverse chapters containing such "fun"-facts like animals named "Hitler", how the "Grateful Dead" loved diving, why we are more harmful to sharks then the other way round and lots of material on marine ecology and the neuro-science of fish. And did I mention a proof why god does *not* exist involving the asses of sea cucumbers?

Overall I think this is a good book for everyone interested in diving providing a very non-standard way of approaching the subject. It is much more diverse than your "normal" introduction to diving and instead of giving you technical detail or "how-to-do"'s it tries to get you hooked on diving itself. I would recommend reading the book while you are next to a beach and in the pauses have a look at the fish.

PS: Although it must be admitted that the "sex"-part is about animals (e.g. octopus) rather than humans ;-)
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Format: Kindle Edition
I read this book on my Paperwhite Kindle as a borrowed book. Klaus is a marine biologist so this book has a lot of information about the behavior of sea life, as well as a compilation of his dive travel adventures, as well as his opinions on pacifist philosophy. I would recommend reading this on a color tablet or the paper version as the book does have a lot of photos, which don't display well on the black and white Paperwhite.
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By K. Martin on August 13, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
Pictures are fabulous, politics not so much. I eventually learned to skip over the opinions, and it made the book much shorter. Lots of typos, too.
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