...covers properties of gelatinous animals,[their]role in ecosystems,discussion of major groups, and precautions to take with jellies...etc. -- California Diving News - June 1998
...outstanding feature of the book is the beautiful color underwater photography of these organisms. -- Sea Grant Extension Program Newsletter
...shapes and colors...nothing short of dazzling and you'll find yourself...amazed at how beautiful...these critters are. -- Wave Length Paddling Magazine - Nov. 1998
A helpful guide containing sections on all of the major invertebrate groups, including stunning color photographs. -- Ocean Realm Magazine - Winter issue 1998 - 1999
Well-illustrated guide to these beautiful and fascinating creatures of the Pacific coast of Canada and the United States -- AFS - American Fisheries Society - Fisheries Magazine 6/18/98
About the Author
David Wrobel has been observing and photographing the splendid diversity of gelatinous animals that visit Monterey Bay since moving to the area in 1984. After receiving his Masters from Duke University in 1981, he decided that west coast marine life was more to his liking. A brief stint at the Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara exposed him to underwater photography, and he has since had photographs used by numerous magazines and textbooks, and at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. He formerly managed the display, culture and acquisition of jellies for the Outer Bay Wing at the Monterey Bay Aquarium which provides continuous exposure to the lives of gelatinous zooplankton, and hopes to make the study of these creatures a life-long endeavor.
Claudia Mills has been studying medusae and ctenophores for 25 years. A native of Washington, she has been a researcher at the Friday Harbor Laboratories of the University of Washington since 1977, during which she received her Ph.D. at the University of Victoria in 1982. She is interested in nearly any aspect of the biology of gelatinous zooplankton and has written more than 45 academic papers about planktonic cnidaria and ctenophores. She works mostly on coastal species, but has also studied oceanic and deep-water animals while participating in oceanographic expeditions in a variety of locations worldwide.