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Florida's Living Beaches: A Guide for the Curious Beachcomber Paperback – April 2, 2007
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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.
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!!
I really love that this book has photos and explanations of the things curious people wonder about but don't know how to ask, things no other book would bother to talk about: beach junk. There is a whole section on the random ways that people affect oceans and beaches, and the way the ocean affects those things people leave behind. So many times I see pieces of unidentified "stuff" on the beach, and this helped put names to it, and explained how these things affect our environment (and how the ocean changes them - like for instance sea glass).Read more ›
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It is very informative and easy to read - one of the best books on Florida beaches that I have seen.Published 25 days ago by M. J.
Nice book, I bought this for my 9 yr old son. A bit bulkier than I wanted. Pros: Nice pictures on every page, informative and descriptive text
Cons: Bulky, limited... Read more
The book gives a variety of information. The fotos are good. A must for Florida vacationers.Published 1 month ago by snowbird
I opened the book and it is everything i wanted to know about and then some!!! I am getting another for a friend!Published 1 month ago by Carol
I love this book. Very useful when walking the beaches and trying to figure out what is what on the beach. Great photos & descriptions.Published 2 months ago by Jeanette Pollack
This is the perfect book for those who love exploring Florida's beaches and want to learn more about what they find. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Seth Herchenbach