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The Ultimate Guide to Hawaiian Reef Fishes: Sea Turtles, Dolphins, Whales, and Seals Paperback – November 1, 2010
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To satisfy these advanced snorkelers and divers--and those who want to be--I have added over a hundred rare and unusual fish species to the original book (for a total of 386--far more than any other popular guide), plus hundreds of extra photos showing all kinds of color variations and interesting behaviors, fascinating first-hand accounts of encounters with marine animals, new chapters on Hawai`i's whales, dolphins, seals, sea turtles and sea snakes, and a wealth of information on how all these animals eat, live, and reproduce.
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But there's more. It is also a gold mine of behavioral information, legends, s trivia, and fun facts. Have you ever wondered why spinner dolphins spin? Or how manta rays mate? What does it feel like to be stung by a lionfish or attacked by a shark? Do you know the smartest fish on the reef or why eels tie themselves in knots?
Crammed with stories, picture galleries, sidebars, and 965 full-color photos, this book takes the concept of a fish identification guide to a whole new level.
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In this new book, "The Ultimate Guide to Hawaiian Reef Fishes", Hoover has really outdone himself. Some species are illustrated with multiple photographs -- for instance, six photos of the Undulated Moray eel, including color variations and a young specimen. The other books have photos of three or five species of flounders and soles, but this one has photos of eight species. Since most of these are uncommon, this completeness could be confusing to beginners, but it's great for more advanced fish-watchers.
Most fish ID books are somewhat dry -- a series of photographs, each accompanied by a brief description of the fish's appearance and behavior. This book has that information, but what really sets it apart is the many sidebars with information that will be interesting to both beginners and experts -- e.g., cooperative hunting between peacock groupers and moray eels, the feeding habits of eagle rays, and the dangers of stroking a porcupinefish or eating pufferfish. The book is full of interesting anecdotes that you won't find in other books.
Even the "dry" descriptions are a bit more informative than those in other books. For instance, the description of Thompson's Butterflyfish mentions that it often aggregates with Thompson's Surgeonfish. The latter is a very nondescript fish, but this description will help you find and identify it.Read more ›
Hoover's book is much thicker, has many more species in it, and often includes multiple photographs for a single species. This is enormously helpful for the many cases where the male and female of a species look very different, and where the juveniles do not look like either parent. We learned also that many fish can change their coloring, and this book has photos showing those variations too.
We also liked the extra information provided at the beginning of each subsection of fish. We found the extra stories and information fascinating, and the warnings about certain fish helpful. We are strictly amateurs in photography and biology, but we still found the book's organization and content understandable.
This book might be a bit bulky to fit in your suitcase for the trip itself, but we think it is fantastic for identifying your fish photos when you get home. My husband and I very highly recommend this outstanding book.
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I've had several but they "walked", essential and most complete guide to Hawaiian fish
(does omit some food fish, something for future editions)
Excellent resource. Provides me all the extra information I wanted--beyond a simple laminated ID chart--for fish viewing/snorkeling in Hawaii. Read morePublished 3 months ago by pc0rMA
Excellent color photos, detailed identification descriptions for each fish in all its color morphs or stages, AND interested stories from various people about their encounters with... Read morePublished 5 months ago by T.C.
fabulous guide- great detail in descriptions and beautiful photos. He has photos of different life stages and varieties to make it easy to ID fish.I have all of his books now.Published 5 months ago by ellen foster
A must-have for snorkelers in Hawaii. Great photos and lots of information!Published 14 months ago by spicyahi
This is a superb book. Using it, we were able to identify every fish species we saw in waters off the Big Island. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Dennis R Paulson