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Weird Sea Creatures

Hoyt, Erich

(Book - 2013)
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
Weird Sea Creatures
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Presents information about 50 animals that live in the deepest part of the sea and have adapted to life in total darkness and intense pressure and cold.
Publisher: Richmond Hill, Ontario :, Firefly Books,, 2013.
Copyright Date: ♭2013
ISBN: 1770851917
9781770851917
1770851976
9781770851979
Characteristics: 63 pages :,colour illustrations ;,24 cm.

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"A filmy blue blob drifts across black space, pulsing with light and trailing tentacles. Is it some kind of alien? Nope, it's a carnivorous comb jelly, and like all the animals in Weird Sea Creatures, it really exists. The book provides brief scientific facts about deep-sea dwellers, but the stunning photographs are the real reason you'll keep turning pages. Each creature, from the sea cucumber to the vampire squid, is shown in crisp, glowing detail, highlighting its intense colors or bizarre features. This unusual read offers "eerie, riveting eye candy for budding biologists and casual browsers alike" (Kirkus Reviews)." Kids' Books December 2014 newsletter http://libraryaware.com/996/NewsletterIssues/ViewIssue/d9378553-6d35-4539-b1c1-f894e9362cdc?postId=81f1918b-3231-439a-a5f8-9733e4d8c970

Fearsome hatchet fish … fangtooth fish… blackdevil anglerfish … vampire squid … carnivorous comb jellies… yeti crabs … viperfish and many more! Readers will meet fifty of the strangest, most extraordinary creatures that live beneath the surface of the world’s oceans in Erich Hoyt’s beautifully-photographed book.

Some of these animals are quite scary-looking; some are large and others are quite tiny - but to describe all of them as “strange” or “weird” isn’t an exaggeration. These creatures appear odd to us because we’ve never (or rarely) seen them. Many are newly discovered – only two manned voyages have ever been made to the Mariana Trench (located in the deepest part of the earth’s oceans, it is the habitat of many of these sea creatures) - and some haven’t even been given a scientific name yet.

Some of the creatures really do seem to exist on the fringes of imagination. Consider the loosejaw dragonfish, which sports a semi-detachable lower mandible….or the mantis shrimp, which ambushes prey by delivering a lethal blow equivalent in force to a 22-calibre bullet … or the acorn worm, which has no brain, eyes or known sense organs!

Hoyt’s photographs of these creatures are stunning and are certain to stir the imagination. Each close-up colour plate clearly reveals details as fangs, tentacles, eyes and even colour-emitting cells. An informative caption accompanies each photo.

A Canadian scientist specializing in marine animals and marine conservation, author Erich Hoyt has many other books to his credit.

Aug 15, 2013
  • mombrarian rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Fantastic, fun read that engages kids and adults alike! Great photography and interesting facts.

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