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Singing Whales and Flying Squid: The Discovery of Marine Life

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Two-thirds of this planet is covered by water inhabited by an incredible variety of living organisms, ranging in size from microbe to whale, and in abundance from scarce to uncountable. Whales and dolphins must surface to breathe, and some fishes occupy surface waters and can easily be seen from boats or shore, but most of the marine bio-profusion is hidden from human eyes ...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published January 1st 2006 by Lyons Press
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“In a sense, we have overwhelmed the seas with our carelessness”

Although written from an evolutionary-theory worldview (which shapes the speculation on aspects of the history and discovery of marine life as well as the conclusions drawn from facts and data observed), this book does much to educate the reader on the effects of mankind’s ignorance and greed against the earth’s vast and varied marine biome. It helpfully explained the strong interdependence of all living things within the seas, and
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Feb 06, 2008 rated it really liked it
This is a great overview of how we came to know what we know about marine life. It's probably best to read it in chunks, rather than straight through, because at times the chapters repeat the same information, but it's good stuff. ...more
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Richard Ellis is a celebrated authority on marine biology and America’s foremost marine life artist whose work has been exhibited worldwide. His nine books include The Search for the Giant Squid (a Publishers Weekly 1998 Best Book of the Year), Great White Shark, Encyclopedia of the Sea, Men and Whales, Monsters of the Sea, Deep Atlantic The Book of Whales, and Imagining Atlantis.

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