Creatures of the Deep

Creatures of the Deep

In Search of the Sea's "monsters" and the World They Live in

Book - 2001
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Award-winning nature and science writer Erich Hoyt tells the riveting story of the discovery of the deep ocean. Weaving together details from the latest scientific research about sharks, giant squid, dragonfish and the huge tube worms, clams and tiny microbes of the deep-sea vents, Hoyt embarks on a magical journey to the bottom of the sea, which is inhabited not by vicious monsters but by diverse species of pale starfish and mud-eating sea cucumbers. Roaming across the abyssal plains and descending deep-sea trenches, he presents as much about the character and charisma of these and other so-called monsters as about the extraordinary world in which they live.

The deep sea is not one place but many, and the animals living in each of these marine habitats have developed fascinating and vital ecological relationships with one another. Hoyt unravels the complex predator-prey relationships, from "killer" copepods to battles among giant squid and sperm whales, presenting compelling portraits of animals that are superbly adapted denizens of a dark high-pressure world. There are life-forms, independent of sunlight and photosynthesis, that flourish around the hot, sulfurous deep-sea vents in the magnificent rift valley of the midocean ridge, the world's longest mountain range. Surviving in conditions that appear to be close to the very soup of primordial Earth, these microbes have become the basis for the latest research into the Earth's origins. Fully illustrated with fantastic underwater imagery, Creatures of the Deep will help you enjoy and appreciate the findings and the importance of deep-sea work in the coming decades. The 21st century may well be the era of deep-ocean discovery.

Publisher: Willowdale, Ont. : Firefly Books, 2001.
ISBN: 9781552093405
1552093409
Characteristics: 160 p. :,col. ill., maps ;,26 cm.

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mr_chocolate
Mar 08, 2018

An amazing book, with almost every page with spectacular photographs of animals that you probably had never seen before (except for the earlier edition).
From the inside flap it states: "The first edition, won the Outstanding Nonfiction Book of the Year Award for 2001 from the American Society of Journalists and Authors in 2002. Since then, a new era of ocean discovery has witnessed the first filming of the giant squid [off the coast of Japan in 2012], and submarine expeditions to the deepest underwater trenches on Earth. As a result of this growing momentum, five new species are being named every day, more than 2,000 a year. At the same time, the ocean is in trouble: Overfishing, industrial development and climate change are forcing many species to move, adapt or become extinct."
The Mariana Trench at Challenger Deep is deeper that the highest point on Earth, Mount Everest. If Everest were placed at the bottom of the trench, its peak would still be 7,000 feet (2,130 m), below the surface...more than 100 times the size of the Grand Canyon.

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Bang_On
Feb 21, 2018

Impressively compiled by award-winning nature writer, Erich Hoyt - "Creatures of the Deep" is a truly fascinating visual-journey that takes us to the absolute bottom of the sea.

As we descend, layer-by-layer, into an ever-darkening ocean world - Hoyt introduces us to creatures, both beautiful and grotesque, of every size and description, who have adapted to a life far beneath the sun and waves.

Carefully weaving together details from the latest in scientific research - Hoyt offers us some excellent imagery to equally match the true awesomeness of his fantastic "deep sea" story of alien lifeforms.

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