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Prowling the Seas: Exploring the Hidden World of Ocean Predators

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From the surface of the ocean, it's hard to see any visible signs of life below. But this remarkable ecosystem is teeming with life—life that is increasingly under environmental stress. And it is often the predators that sound the earliest warning signs. By tracking a wide variety of ocean predators, the Tagging of Pacific Predators (TOPP) project provides essential cuttin ...more
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published October 27th 2009 by Walker Childrens (first published 2009)
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Sharon
This book discusses a the use of high tech tags to monitor the travels of four different ocean animals. As a scientist, I found the idea of the TOPP project fascinating - I did not know this was being carried out on this scale. As a teacher and parent, I think this would be a good book to have in an elementary school classroom or library and it would appeal to kids who like animals and science. The book has wonderful maps detailing the travels of sea turtles, a tuna, a white shark and a sea bird ...more
Mary Ann
One of my favorite Bay Area authors, Turner looks at how scientists use high-tech tags to study four different species of ocean predators in the Pacific. In one chapter, a five-year old boy discovered a satellite tag in a tide pool he was exploring with his family, and Turner follows the story back to the shark scientist who tagged a 13-foot female off Tomales Point a year earlier.

My children loved reading about the Great Turtle Race, following eleven turtles as they migrated from Costa Rica to
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Abby Johnson
Feb 06, 2010 rated it really liked it
Many predators live in the Pacific ocean and we don't know everything about them, but we do know that their numbers are declining due to over-fishing, pollution, etc. The Tagging of Pacific Predators (TOPP) project aims to learn more about these animals by tagging them and mapping where they go. That way, they can warn fishermen about specific areas where these animals congregate. In this book, we learn about four of the animals that the project is tracking - sea turtles, bluegill tuna, white sh ...more
Tricia
Nov 24, 2009 rated it liked it
Of course the shark caught my eye (and the word predator--a fave in our house). This title covers only 4 sea predators...shark, tuna, sea turtle (who I never considered as a predator before) and a sea bird. Great use of photographs. Needed to paraphrase for my preschooler but this would be good for older kids doing reports...contains good amount of facts presented in interesting manner.
Christopher
Jul 30, 2010 rated it really liked it
Fascinating and eye-opening look into the feeding and migration patterns of several Pacific animals--a turtle, a tuna, a shark, and a pair of seabirds--via the use of tag implants. I was shocked at how quickly these animals are disappearing--some down 90% since 1990. Very good information in this book, including migration maps and detailed photos for each animal.
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I was very interested in books as a child. I still remember how hard I worked as a four-year-old at learning to write my name because my mother promised I could have a library card as soon as I could scrawl "PAMELA." When my parents made me turn my bedroom lights out at night, I would read by the tiny red light on the temperature control for my electric blanket. I grew up in Riverside--a rather ho ...more