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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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 326 pages
  • Publisher: Pineapple Press; 1st edition (May 1, 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 (188 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,062 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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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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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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This book doesn't really need my 5-star review added to it, it already has plenty. But it's nice to be able to review a quality product, there aren't many out there! This book is seriously great - it is the only book I've ever read that really answers the questions of curious beach-going minds. Because of the glossy attractive look of the book, I was not expecting it to have much substance - nearly all books like this give up content for pretty pictures and rather surface obvious facts for casual readers. But this book has beautiful photos, and really interesting and actually pretty detailed content, too! I bought about 10 books on Florida beaches, flora, and fauna - some which were supposedly much more detailed and had no nice photos in them - and yet this was the one book that helped me identify some plants and a bird I could not get a good description of in any of the others. The details go beyond simple identification too, including fun facts and useful info if you encounter them. Not at all what I was expecting, for what I thought was yet another "tourist book."

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).
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