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Product Details

  • Flexibound: 448 pages
  • Publisher: New World Publications; 2nd edition (November 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1878348310
  • ISBN-13: 978-1878348319
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.1 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #929,631 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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New World Publications has massively updated two of their seminal reference books about Reef Creatures and Reef Coral Identification for Florida, the Caribbean and Bahamas. Both new books have had significant numbers of new species added. Wetpixel Underwater Photography and Videography, Novemer 2013 --Wetpixel Underwater Photography and Videography, November 2013 --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

From the Publisher

The most frequently asked question in diving is " What the h--- is that thing?!!"This is the book with the answers - crabs, lobsters, jellies, worms, shrimp, sponges, mollusks and more - they're all here. 478 color photos illustrate the most common marine invertebrates of the area. --This text refers to the Plastic Comb edition.

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This book is great for awesome pictures of odd creatures.
Lauren
Whether you snorkel, scuba dive or engage in other activities around a reef, this is the best book to have to identify reef creatures.
Harold McFarland
This is the same book that sells for more money at the dive shops.
Doreen J. Crespo

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Harold McFarland HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on April 21, 2002
Format: Flexibound
Sponges, jellyfish, flat worms, crustaceans, mollusks, star fish, if it is not a fish then it is in this book. This is the authoritative reference for reef creatures (other than fish) throughout the Florida, Caribbean and Bahamas area. The most complete book on reef creatures that I have seen, it is easy to use and beautifully illustrated. Each creature has it's own full color picture along with a line drawing that points out the defining characteristics of that particular species. With a plastic cover and the pages treated to resist water it can be taken to the beach or onto the boat without much concern about the water damaging the book.
Each entry has complete information on the creature from size, depth, range and habitat to the level of concern that a diver should have for their safety around the creature. Whether you snorkel, scuba dive or engage in other activities around a reef, this is the best book to have to identify reef creatures. This book can also be purchased as part of a three part set that also includes the Reef Coral Identification and Reef Fish Identification texts, each of which is equally as excellent as the Reef Creature Identification book.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By doctor_beth #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 18, 2003
Format: Flexibound Verified Purchase
After we came back from our honeymoon, I wanted to buy my husband a book to help identify the various sea creatures we encountered on our trip, and this book turned out to be perfect. First of all, the animals are broken down into various categories such as "crabs," "squid," etc., and each classification is clearly labelled. There are wonderfully clear, glossy pictures of each individual creature combined with a detailed description which includes information such as size, colors, appearance of immature, habitat, and reaction to divers. An ideal book for serious research or just for fun.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Traveling Irishman on December 5, 2001
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This is a fantastic book, and along with the other two books by this author you should be able to ID any marine creature you encounter!
The book lists virtually all types of creatures including anemones, barnacles, jellyfish, flatworms, crabs, shrimp, octopuses, urchins, and much, much more!
Each entry has an excellent picture, the name, family, size, depth, and other detailed information.
The pictures alone are worth the cost of the book!
This is definitely the book you want to have with you when you dive or snorkel. Buy it today, you won't be disappointed!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. Chambers HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on November 25, 2013
Format: Paperback
Although my wife and I are now retired from diving, for more than twenty years we dived the world's oceans, but most of our dives were in the Caribbean Sea. For the first few dives, we wondered what kind of marine life we were seeing, but few of our dive buddies were knowledgeable enough to identify many of the animals we saw. When I got into underwater photography, it was even more frustrating not being able to identify what I had photographed. Then we discovered Paul Humann and Ned DeLoach's Caribbean ID books. We've since bought every new edition of each book, and we've given several sets of the books as wedding gifts to diver friends who tied the knot.

Nowadays there are plenty of identification books and online sites, but the Humann-DeLoach ID books are still the most comprehensive and the easiest to use. Listing both the common names and scientific names of the various reef creatures, with first rate color photography, and giving the range of each species, the books make diving much more enjoyable. The books also give examples of the kind of habitat and depths at which different species are typically found, which makes looking for particular species much easier.

The 3rd Edition of Reef Creature Identification is the newest edition, and it has a lot more content than the 2nd edition that was published quite a few years ago. The book should be in any Caribbean diver's library. It really makes diving a lot more fun to be able to identify what you see, and I'll let you in on a little secret: A lot of Caribbean divemasters have this book.

In accordance with Amazon policy and FTC regulations, I acknowledge that I received a complimentary copy of the book from the publisher, since I contributed two of my own photos to the book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mark on December 13, 2010
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I first saw this book (and its companion books on Fish and Coral) on a dive boat in Cozumel. I searched for the comb binding based on reviews that said they were lighter. After using them it appears the even greater benefit is that they lie flat, remaining open on the page you want to compare your photos to!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 10, 2014
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I have the previous editions of this book and use them extensively. This latest expanded editation is a fantastic reference for those divers who want to know what they are looking at. I prefer the layout of the older editions but assume the greatly increased number of photos necessitated a change for the third edition. Even if you have an older edition and or have been diving for years and "seen it all",you will find this book a useful and valuable reference.
For full disclosure, I have contributed many of my photos to this edition.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lisabeth M. Renee on September 29, 2005
Format: Flexibound
I highly recommend this guide, as well as the whole "Reef Series" by Humann & Deloach, for Divers, Snorkelers and anyone who is curious about living things beneath the sea! H & D are highly respected for their ongoing work, identifying, cataloging and photographing underwater critters that many of us may never see! Reef Creatures, along with its companion books in the series are top notch. The authors are comprehensive in their scope, intelligent in their presentation -- they provide us with generous amounts of information to identify and learn about the various creatures, without turning their book into a scientic tome -- AND the photographs are gorgeous!

As a diver, I find the whole collection invaluable, and I usually take this particular book with me on dive trips. I also take along its condensed, waterproof companion in my B.C. pocket, and can make instant identifications underwater! If you are interested in the creatures of the sea, don't hesitate about this book. Humann & Deloach are the leaders in this field, and their books are the best you will ever find for visual identification purposes!
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