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is the official companion volume to the challenging, breathtakingly beautiful documentary of the same name,  created by Jacques Perrin and a crack team of scientists, cinematographers, divers, and technical specialists. A veteran of more than forty years of film-making and exploring the natural world in works like The Monkey People and Microcosmos, Perrin is the public face of an elite group that includes both veterans of Jacques-Yves Cousteau’s pioneering exploits and cutting-edge innovators whose custom-created equipment captures never-before-witnessed scenes.

From the tropics to Antarctica, from Norway to New Zealand, and from tiny organisms at the bottom of the marine food chain to such magnificent creatures as blue whales, polar bears, swordfish, and giant squid, this vividly illustrated, deeply informative volume roams the seven-tenths of Earth blanketed by oceans that make our blue planet so hospitable to life. To capture the images here, divers swam unprotected among great white sharks and patiently staked out the breeding grounds where families of humpback whales sing their distinctive songs. Resourceful crew members created everything from streamlined camera pods able to keep pace with frolicking dolphins to a remote-controlled, mini-helicopter which hovered over a pod of whales to obtain footage impossible otherwise. Photographers invented a microscopic lens that revealed and recorded new universes of plankton, algae, coral, and tiny fish eggs--the minute building blocks that nourish this entire intricate, interdependent ecosystem.

Not just an authoritative, wide-ranging guide to the world’s oceans, this is also a fascinating behind-the-scenes glimpse of practical film-making under demanding, often difficult, sometimes downright dangerous conditions... and, last but by no means least, it’s a clear-eyed, timely, persuasive preview of future seas: what we might have if we act now--and what we will surely get if we don’t.
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Humpback whales reach sexual maturity at the age of five. (Roberto Rinaldi)
David Reichert enters the heart of a krill aggregation. (Richard Herrmann)
The Pacific sea nettle (Chrysaora fuscescens) has invaded the waters of Monterey Bay, California. (Richard Herrmann)

A penguin crosses the icy Antarctic landscape. (Katel Pierre)
David Reichert, using a device he built from two surfboards and some metal bars, films the leopard seal, while floating half in and half out of the water. (Igor Bely)
Carneraman Yasushi Okumura films an Asian sheepshead wrasse in Japan. (Koji Nakamura)


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: National Geographic; Mti edition (March 23, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1426206267
  • ISBN-13: 978-1426206269
  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 1.1 x 11.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,646,417 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Julie Neal VINE VOICE on March 26, 2010
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This beautiful book will appeal to those who love Planet Earth, David Attenborough and all the pioneering Jacques-Yves Cousteau films. The day it came in the mail my scuba-loving teenage daughter picked it up and, several hours later, finally relinquished it so I could take a look. After looking at the remarkable photos and reading about how the sperm whale can hold its breath for 90 minutes and dive to a depth of 6,500 feet, I was hooked.

This is the National Geographic official companion book to the DisneyNature motion picture Oceans, to be released this Earth Day, April 22nd. The people behind the project include cinematographers, divers and scientists who also created the excellent films Microcosmos and Winged Migration.

The bulk of the book spotlights different marine creatures, from tiny plankton to massive sperm whales. Each section begins with a world map showing where the animal is found. An "ID Card" lists the animal's Latin name, maximum size and weight, life span, age at sexual maturity and reproduction details. The text covers lots of specific information about the species, and is written as a story about how the filmmakers found and photographed it. A land log or diving log shows the date, time, place, latitude, longitude, water conditions, tide, air temperature, water temperature, wind, current, moon phase and cloud cover. Diving logs also list what kind of wet suit the divers used, duration and maximum depth of the dive and visibility.
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My son and I love the movie, so I had to buy the book for him. The book is really well made (in construction and content) and would recommend to anyone. It's well worth the price, buy it you wont regret it.
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Oceans: The Threat to Our Seas and What You Can Do to Turn the Tides, is a very good book with a lot of interesting perspectives and opinions from a wide variety of writers. At times, the stories do seem to drag on a little longer than I would have liked, but everything that is discussed is very important and worth writing about. I liked that throughout every story the writer keeps a positive attitude, and that even though human beings have done great harm to the ocean people are still optimistic. They believe that if we change the ways in which we have been living there is hope that we can guarantee the condition of the ocean will not worsen. The advice that was given on ways to protect and save the ocean could be easily done by anyone who feels the need to help and to make a difference. Finally, since I do not live near an ocean, I really enjoyed reading this book and educating myself on this topic. I take for granted what the ocean has to offer everyday, because I do not see it frequently. However, now after reading this book I feel educated and ready to make a difference.
I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in learning more about everything that is related to the ocean. It is full of fascinating stories of real life encounters and a lot of factual information without being too boring. I would also recommend it to anyone who wants to educate themselves on what needs to be done to protect the waters that surround us. It is very important that people change the ways they have been living in order for us to make the ocean a better place. Deciding to read this book would be a great way to start to make that change!
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After seeing the Oceans Disneynature film I want more. I can't just see beautiful images of dolphins jumping out of the water and seals swimming under the ice and not want to learn more. I love our planet and the variety of plants and animals that we can observe. This books is full of stunning up close photos of many creatures that most us will never see in our lifetime. This is the story behind the story portrayed in the film. The book is introduced by the directors, who explain how filming was done and often how many days it took to get that perfect shot. The book is broken down by animal - a section on the cuttlefish, a section on the orca whale, etc. in addition to the description of the movie-making process. There is a lot more information here about each species than that which was portrayed in the film. I feel like the movie was just a preview to this book. It barely scratched the surface regarding Ocean life. Diving and land logs let readers know where filming took place (complete with latitude and longitude!), and also the weather and water conditions, where applicable. It makes me want to check out scuba diving myself and witness some of this first hand. They make it sound so easy! Filming takes place all around the world and was noninvasive to the native habitats. None of this was done in a zoo - this is a snapshot of our planet at this moment. The only thing I wanted more of was in regards to pollution and what we can do to clean up our waterways. This was touched on in the film, but not as much in the book.

I recommend this to all nature and ocean lovers. If you were inspired by the movie you will love this book! It's my favorite coffee table book, easy to flip though and relax to large, full color photos of underwater life.
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