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Florida's Living Beaches: A Guide for the Curious Beachcomber Paperback – April 2, 2007


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 326 pages
  • Publisher: Pineapple Press; 1st edition (April 2, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1561643866
  • ISBN-13: 978-1561643868
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (126 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,387 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Blair Witherington has authored books on sea turtles, Florida beaches, and seashells, and a variety of natural history publications. Blair is a research scientist with a master's degree in biology and a doctorate in zoology.

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This is the best guide book ever for Florida beaches.
OldParrotHead
Bought this book as a gift for my 9 year old nephew who has a great interest in everything he picks up on the Florida beach his family vacations on regularly.
Lynn
This is why it is so helpful to have detailed colorful pictures.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Jay Wherley on July 11, 2007
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I am astounded at the quality and quantity of information in this book. Every page has three or four color photos of the items being covered. These items range from beach foam, through shells, plants, rocks, seabeans, floats, coins, fossils, birds and more. I was about to say it didn't have mammals - but checked and they are there too. Each item has the scientific name, the area in Florida and season it might be found, scale information on the photo, and a "Did You Know" section with fun facts. I have seen many nature guides - Sibleys, Audubon, Peterson etc - and this ranks near or at the top - yes it's that good. See you at the beach!
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By H. Domke on December 6, 2007
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This is a comprehensive identification guide, but it is much more. Unlike most identification guides, it is possible to sit down and read this book for pleasure.
There are wonderful photographic illustrations, often with more than one picture to illustrate a subject. The text is clear and concise but not too concise. On every topic they have a feature called " Did you Know". This is a paragraph about some odd fact about the subject. For example, "Laughing Gulls are the beach bird most likely to steal food from your hand..."

This may be the only field guide I will bring with me on future trips to the beaches in Florida.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By AMillionHappyWords on June 6, 2007
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Having lived in a beachside community most of my life, I fully understand the pleasure of strolling the beach and exploring all of the "treasures" that are washed up by the tides. But this book adds a whole new level of enjoyment to the wonderful pastime of beachcombing.

What makes Florida's Living Beaches so unique? With 985 color images, 431 maps and descriptive accounts of 822 items, the book is a well-researched guide that belongs in the reference department of every library.

But as soon as you open the book and start thumbing through the beautiful color photos, you will realize that the book is far too personal to lay idle with the other stodgy old tomes on the reference shelves. This book was written by two naturalists who are truly in love with the sea.

If you have ever gone to the beach and sat in a lawn chair, lain on a blanket, or taken a walk, you have probably encountered at least a few items that caught your eye and peaked your curiosity. Whatever that mystery was, this book can help you identify it.

Don't go to the beach without out!!
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By C. Stevens on July 27, 2007
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I purchased this book for our trip to the beach as a resource for the family. Each person who looked and used this book LOVED it. In the few weeks we have had it, our daughter has gone back to this book time and time again. Also several asked where we got the book --- this book will be their next birthday or Christmas book! Great photographs and detailed explanation about everything BEACH.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on August 4, 2007
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Lavishly illustrated with 985 full-color photographs and 431 maps, Florida's Living Beaches: A Guide for the Curious Beachcomber is an amazing catalogue of the many treasures a beachcomber can discover along Florida's 1200 miles of coastline. Printed on high-quality glossy paper with a water-resistant dust jacket, Florida's Living Beaches describes beach features, animals, plants, and minerals at length, as well as items (and pollution!) that are the legacy of humans. Simple diagrams also reveal along which parts of Florida's coast that different individual features can be found. A one-of-a-kind guide enthusiastically recommended for Florida beachcombers and armchair beach-travelers alike.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A. Eller on July 22, 2007
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Loved this book.....Pictures and descriptions are great ..... I have two other books on shelling and beach stuff and none compare to this ... Tells the season and areas that are the best for seeing the item....a true must for beach lovers
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Sentient Bean on May 31, 2007
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...so much so that its colorful pages leap forth with clear revelations of all things beach. This guide has solved several agonizing mysteries for me already, and its guidance on "beach quests" is marvelous. The books design is pleasant. Its images are abundant and often stunning. Its depth is astounding (about 1000 items of animal, vegetable, mineral, and human origin). And its descriptions are concise, clear, occasionally philosophical, and often amusing. The book is a real joy for anyone who wants a connection to Florida beaches.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By thirdcousin on December 5, 2013
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I have owned this book for a couple of years. I take it when we go to the beach. It has the best pictures and really opened my eyes to all the things on the beach that I walk by without noticing. I've picked up shells for years and watched shorebirds, too. But this has so much more - plant life as well as things that wash up on the beach. I bought a second one and gave it to a friend who teaches 7th grade. She loves it too!
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