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The World Beneath: The Life and Times of Unknown Sea Creatures and Coral Reefs

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Meet the sea's most fascinating creatures--see the lives and curiosities of charmers and tricksters--many newly identified and some on the verge of extinction.

From one of the world's premier marine biologists, an award-winning underwater photographer, and a leading expert on seahorses, comes a spectacular guide to hundreds of the ocean's fishes and coral reefs.

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Published September 10th 2019 by Apollo Publishers
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Jim Razinha
Jun 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: review-copies
I received a review copy of this from the publisher through Edelweiss. It's short, when you consider that half of it is photographs, but what photographs!! Stunning, jaw-dropping "wow" for some of the tiniest creatures in that world beneath. Dr. Smith is an incredible photographer. And he's had access to some amazing reefs in his work, which he shares in here. He says,
I am drawn to animals that are easily overlooked or ignored, and I use underwater photography to share their beauty - hopefully i
Aug 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
(Reverse readathon book)

My second adult animal nonfiction book for the readathon (dolphins were the other), but I liked the overall structure of the book that weaves just a little bit of Smith's work into the larger appreciation for the abundance of life in and around coral reefs. So.much.microscopic.stuff. While I read it digitally on a my Nook tablet, I'm sure the final hardcover copy will look a lot nicer than the way the images pulled up on my device but I didn't lose anything in the story i
David Delport
Jan 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Incredible photographs throughout & fascinating insight into the ocean’s weird and wonderful. This is the documentary that I’d like to watch! It has the intelligence to shine a light on far more interesting subjects than the commonly gawped at ‘big fish’ and is highly educational without being pedantic. Hits the mark perfectly between an engaging read and a great coffee table book.
Mar 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, 2021
What a great book. This made me want to go find other books by the author and give them a read.
Whether you are interested in the ocean or not this is worth a read. The photography is absolutely phenomenal. You'll find yourself stopping and staring every couple of pages if you're anything like me (you should hope you're not, but I digress). This is really a science book that reads like a popular-science book. The information is presented clearly, concepts are presented in a way that's easy to u
Robin Tierney
Feb 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
Just some notes:

The World Beneath:
The Life and Times of Unknown Sea Creatures and Coral Reefs
By Dr Richard Smith

More diversity than tropical rain forests.

Largest biogenic structure 1,400 mile long Great Barrier Reef off Queensland Australia. Symbiosis of polyps and zooanthellae…. Respiration, metabolism, manage and expel waste.
Tiny seahorses,
West Papua, Indonesia. Plankton various nutrient rich organisms.
Allelochemicals toxins released to ward off predators.
Invertebrates, tunicates (sea squirts
Feb 22, 2022 rated it it was amazing
An astounding new world that I enjoyed in small bites.

This book is a very different read for me, because it’s about marine biology which I know little about. In my youth, I snorkeled several reefs and enjoyed the fishes, anemones, corals, etc. That was a long time ago, so I spent hours staring at this book’s stunning photos on my iPad, not to mention finding more photos online. To learn more, I Wiki’ed smaller fishes and other creatures that were mentioned in passing.

As I took my time reading
Sarah Brousseau
Mar 06, 2022 rated it it was amazing
Book 18/100: The World Beneath: The Life and Times of Unknown Sea Creatures and Coral Reefs by Richard Smith. Absolutely magical of a read! Let's be real here, I was there for the pictures but I did learn quite a bit about coral reefs and the deep sea! Right down to being amazed at the reproduction systems of anemonefish and sea horses, such fascinating life styles! If only humans can be accepting of others like the animal world is. This book normally would take me a day, with a new puppy, it di ...more
Donn Carstens
Aug 18, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Our living and dying oceans

We are far more ocean than land. Yet few of us have pierced the surface of the ocean to see the spectacular life that embeds its coral reefs. As we continue to abuse the planet, we take from it the magnificence of life in the sea. We destroy our treasures as we destroy ourselves
Aug 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Gorgeous book, with so much enlightening information! The photos are spectacular and it's easy to read, not at all dry. It's awe-inducing to see how these sea creatures interact and view the wild designs of their bodies. I love this book and have gifted it too many people. There's nothing else like it. ...more
May 22, 2022 rated it it was amazing
I read this book back in 2021, and it is entirely thanks to this book that I've discovered my love for ocean life. It goes through this beautiful world full of a wide variety of creatures that all play their part in the reef, and it showcases just how incredible this ecosystem truly is. For anyone who has any remote interest in ocean life, this book is well worth the read. ...more
Oct 11, 2022 rated it it was amazing
After I had my first dive in January this year, I was amazed by the world beneath. I wanted to learn more about coral reefs while at the same time be visually delighted.
This book proved so much more than that, allowing me to gain insights into the world beneath that I had no idea about. I very much enjoyed every bit of it and it made me want to see more of the underwater world.
Erika Skarlupka
You can tell just how much the author loves the ocean and it's creatures by how much detail he puts into his writing. This book is beautiful, with gorgeous photos. It will make you fall in love with the ocean, with all its mysteries and wonders. ...more
Jun 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Brilliant photography, deserves to be widely read
Kelsey Counihan
May 21, 2022 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this learning about all things ocean and the beautiful pictures! ❤️
Oct 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned-read
An educational and thought provoking read,
Sep 13, 2019 rated it it was ok
Good message but boring. Pictures were the only plus.
May 09, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Spectacular photos and really superlative and interesting text.
PottWab Regional Library
May 10, 2022 marked it as to-read
Shelves: 2022-new
Simon Pridmore
Sep 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fascinating and accessible

It's often hard for an expert to communicate effectively with a layman, but Richard Smith manages the tightrope act with aplomb, revealing secrets of coral reefs and some of their smaller, less well-known inhabitants in this fascinating and accessible book. For a diver, it's one of those rare books, like 'What a Fish Knows' that will considerably enhance your understanding and appreciation of what you are looking at as you swim along and add hugely to your enjoyment of
Gary Detrick
Jan 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Interesting and Beautiful Throughout!

A wonderful and well done document of Richard's work. Lots of amazing things to learn. A breathtaking accomplishment of work being shared with us. A 5-star book just for the striking and beautiful pictures alone. I'm glad I purchased this as a Kindle book because there was so much information to note and highlight. The high quality of the pictures allowed for enlarging them for closer observation. I originally began reading this from our local library before
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Dr. Richard Smith is a marine biologist and conservationist, an award-winning underwater photographer and videographer, an acclaimed public speaker, and the leader of diving expeditions around the world; he's been on more than thirty-five hundred dives since 1996. Dr. Smith has written hundreds of articles, published internationally with a primary focus on conservation, marine life, and travel. Hi ...more

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