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Project Seahorse (Scientists in the Field Series) Hardcover – July 12, 2010
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Connie Goldsmith, Children's Book Reviewer for California Kids, a Sacramento regional parenting publication.
The books describes the beauty of the ocean, reefs and sea creatures including the Seahorse in the Bohol region of the Philippines where ocean biologist Amanda Vincent & associate Heather Koldeway, another diving enthusiast, are dismayed at overfishing for food has led to serious decline in Seahorses and much coral destruction in Bohol, established in conjunction with the islanders a marine protected area “MPA” 10 years previously and follow-up has shown improvement in the sea life forms and the coral reefs.
There are few books on Seahorses (Hippocampus), a unique fish species that swims vertically and wherein the females transfer their eggs into an abdominal pouch of the male for fertilization and incubations and hatchings. They are reported to mate for life. Due to massive dredging for small fish and Seahorses for export to the Orient, Seahorses populations have dwindled and Project Seahorse may be their salvation. The pictures and textual material is excellent, makes for easy reading and helps fill a void in the paucity of written material on Hippocampus.
This volume is a little lighter on the science, but still has some fascinating field study reported on, plus the usual social/cultural perspective and the remarkable photos: Scott Tuason's work is stand-out, even for this series, and it's supplemented by two amazing photos of baby White's seahorses by George Grall from National Geographic's image collection. We learn of a fisher in the Phillippines and MPAs (Marine Protected Areas) and what a "holdfast" is.
I've noticed in researching some of the seahorses mentioned in this book that many are data deficient when it comes to IUCN conservation status--let's hope this changes soon! Maybe a contribution to Project Seahorse will help...
There are five main chapters and an epilogue. The chapters are: "A Night on the Reef," "Mr. Mom," "One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish," "At Home in Handumon," and "Good Seahorse Neighbors". Chapter one deals with an introduction to life forms on Handumon reef and their threats from homemade bombs. Chapter two deals with the egg-carrying male seahorse*. Chapter three is an elaboration on life in the coral reef, seahorse and otherwise. Chapters four and five are concerned with Project Seahorse, a seahorse rescue project based in the Phillipines using scientists, volunteers, teachers, and schoolchildren. The epilogue, "Onion World," is a collage of facts about seahorse conservation around the world.
There are three sidebar articles on interesting special topics: "How the Seahorse Got Its Pouch," "Fish Havens," and (my favorite) "Seahorses and Traditional Chinese Medicine". In addition, the book contains an excellent index and glossary, a good list of resources (books, videos, and internet sites), and a guide of how to help seahorses. The color photographs are spectacular-- the next best thing to watching these wonderful creatures in the wild. Highly recommended.
*For parents in the Chattanooga area who want to protect their children from hearing about this delicate information-- lotsa luck.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
nice kids book not much information about seahorse. where they live an what are done with the ones that are caughtPublished 18 months ago by goldwing
This is another great book about the ecology of seahorses and how that ecology was uncovered. It's a great book for students because it shows how scientists do their research. Read morePublished on June 26, 2014 by Kevin McDonald
Purchased this book to use with my fifth grade students as we learned about nonfiction texts. Love all the features, information, and how it tells so many stories at once; it's not... Read morePublished on March 5, 2014 by C. Harris