CDN$ 54.73
  • List Price: CDN$ 57.03
  • You Save: CDN$ 2.30 (4%)
Temporarily out of stock.
Order now and we'll deliver when available. We'll e-mail you with an estimated delivery date as soon as we have more information. Your account will only be charged when we ship the item.
Ships from and sold by Amazon.ca.
Gift-wrap available.
Quantity:1
A Diver's Guide to Reef L... has been added to your Cart
Have one to sell?
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

A Diver's Guide to Reef Life Hardcover – Jan 2006


See all formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from
Hardcover
"Please retry"
CDN$ 54.73
CDN$ 54.73 CDN$ 43.75
CDN$ 54.73 FREE Shipping. Temporarily out of stock. Order now and we'll deliver when available. We'll e-mail you with an estimated delivery date as soon as we have more information. Your account will only be charged when we ship the item. Ships from and sold by Amazon.ca. Gift-wrap available.



Product Details

  • Hardcover: 478 pages
  • Publisher: Nautilus (January 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9832731011
  • ISBN-13: 978-9832731016
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 3.4 x 24 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,250,296 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Inside This Book (Learn More)
Explore More
Concordance
Browse Sample Pages
Front Cover | Table of Contents | Excerpt | Index | Back Cover
Search inside this book:

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5 stars
5 star
1
4 star
0
3 star
0
2 star
0
1 star
0
See the customer review
Share your thoughts with other customers

Most helpful customer reviews

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Scubagirl on Sept. 30 2008
Format: Hardcover
If I had to choose just one dive field guide among the many available today I'd have no hesitation in picking this one. 1.200 tropical marine species worldwide from the Red Sea to the Indo-Pacific and the Caribbean, 1.300 absolutely spectacular color photographs, generally pleasant and highly informative texts, a handful of easily accessible in-depth essays on fish behaviour (such as "Camouflage", "Symbiosis" or "Group Strategies"), several simply wonderful and imaginative color photogalleries clearly aimed at improving the reader's U/W camera skills (look at those amazing Scorpionfish or Frogfish faces!) - all packed up in 480 photo-packed glossy pages, covering all sorts of stuff from big sharks to wildly colorful reef fishes and from tiny shrimps to dolphins and whales. Fairly small size makes the book quite handy for field use on beaches or dive boats, and the robust hardcover with reinforced stitching will allow it to survive years of abuse - what else can a diver, an avid U/W shutterbug or a snorkeller bound for tropical seas ask from life? Highly recommended to all, seasoned old crocs and starters alike - it's from the same authors of two other very successful volumes, A DIVER'S GUIDE TO THE ART OF UNDERWATER PHOTOGRAPHY and A DIVER'S GUIDE TO UNDERWATER MALAYSIA MACROLIFE. The authors, Andrea and Antonella Ferrari, have been awarded the World Grand Prize at the International Festival of the Underwater Image in Antibes, France, for the scope, depth and scientific value of their books.
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)

Amazon.com: 19 reviews
21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
A Diver's Guide to Reef Life is awesome! Jan. 15 2007
By G. W. Volk - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
A Diver's Guide to Reef Life is an amazing reference guide detailing 1200 tropical species from the Caribbean to the Indo-Pacific. With over 1300 eye-popping photos, the book covers everything from corals to mammals, from reptiles to bony fish. More than just a photo album with lots of pretty pictures, the Ferraris write with as much authority on the skeletal components of coral polyps, for example, as they do on a shark's countershading. If you can rip yourself away from the crazy kaleidoscope of images, you'll find the engaging text to thoroughly yet concisely explain how cnidoblasts inject their nematocysts; what influences a coral colony's structure; and how calcareous spicules support soft corals. Don't worry if you don't know all the jargon before you crack the spine of this fabulous book. The Ferraris explain everything, and after spending a few minutes with A Diver's Guide, you'll understand plenty.

After a brief introduction that explains what a coral reef is and how you can protect it, the book sinks its teeth into Chondorichthyes -- cartilagionous fishes that include sharks and rays. Throughout the book, each creature profiled gets a snapshot and a detailed description that includes distribution, size, habitat, and "life habits." Thoughtfully, the Ferraris also provide underwater photo tips specific to many of the families, so you can come home with photos as brilliant as those in the book. After cartilagionous fishes, the Ferraris detail bony fishes, crustaceans, cephalopods, reptiles, and mammals. They even cover the "topside reef" and discuss some of the animals lurking along the sandy shoreline outside your dive lodge.

The Ferraris decided to throw in some bonus sections, as well. One of the sections, "Zoom," spotlights a general group of animals, or a certain technique that groups of animals have adopted (think: camouflage or schooling). Other sections, like the "Galleries," are fan-tabulous photo essays featuring, for example, hard corals, sponges, sea squirts, sea shells, flatworms, nudibranchs, and the super-intriguing "Strange Reef Creatures." These Galleries strip away the textual descriptions of the animals and provide luscious eye-candy showcasing the color variations found among species (I LOVED the scorpionfish headshots!). The colors are so rich and the details are so amazing in these photos, that you'll wonder if this is a taxonomic guide or an underwater photography how-to. Oh...that's right...it's both!

Underwater photographers will find A Diver's Guide useful for several reasons. First, the photo tips the Ferraris include should help divers increase the quality and size of their personal portfolios. Second, even only a few minutes with the book will provide the underwater photographer with an understanding of what kind of marine life is likely to be found in a given location. This doesn't just mean "in the Red Sea," though; since the Ferraris provide information about where on the reef an animal is likely to be. Third, A Diver's Guide will help photographers label their images correctly. Fourth, some of the tips -- while not directly related to imaging -- may be wise for the underwater photographer to bear in mind anyway. For example, the inexperienced photographer might be less inclined to wag a finger in front of an uncooperative pufferfish after reading that they "are quite capable of severing a human finger."

Inevitably, readers will compare A Diver's Guide to Paul Humann's Reef Fish books. While they're similar in many respects, I think A Diver's Guide is far more beautiful. Frankly, the Ferraris have produced a guidebook that's as much for browsing as it is for referencing. As proof, I submit to you my non-diving wife. As soon as she saw the book on the counter, she grabbed it, sat down, and began leafing through it. Every 20 seconds or so, she'd mutter, "Oooh, have you ever seen a [insert name of fish] before?" She was totally rapt by the images.

Sure, you could buy a local marine life guide covering the specific area you might be diving next Christmas, but no marine guide in the world will excite you with this much color, thrill you with this much variety, and fascinate you with this much information. This is an absolute must-have for any diver who has eyes and plans on using them while diving.
[...]
20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
Stunning Photographs - but little else June 3 2007
By Ned Middleton - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I have to commence by saying that the photography in this book is quite excellent. On other Amazon sites, this book has been described by different reviewers as; "Perfect," "The Marine Life Dive Guide to have," "A Leading Guide," an "Awesome" book!" It has even been described as comprehensive by one reviewer who thinks there are only 1,200 species in the sea! This book is "NONE" of those things. WHY? Because there are far too many errors and the product cannot, therefore, be trusted. Far too many creatures are wrongly identified.

Yes, Andrea & Antonella Ferrari are excellent photographers but!, during the past 9 years in which they have been photographing the underwater world, they have not learned enough about the creatures that are their subjects. There is far more to Marine Biology than taking a photo and looking up the fish in a book!

There is no indication in this work to suggest the authors have any of the required qualifications, knowledge or experience required to produce a so-called definitive guide to over 1,200 marine species.

Having found mistakes, I got the distinct impression this book was simply a collection of their own surplus photographs - good though they may be.

In short, if you are diving and you see something which is also found in this book, you will have to check that identification with a more reliable source before committing either common or Latin name to your logbook.

NM
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Top Guide June 17 2007
By Timothy Ecott - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
ANDREA AND ANTONELLA FERRARI have spent years amassing the photographs and information contained in A Diver's Guide to Reef Life, and it shows.
With 1200 tropical species, ranging from coral polyps, gorgonians, sea squirts, sponges, nudibranchs and all of the main fish groups, this is a truly comprehensive work, and probably the only reef guide most divers will need to take with them on a trip.
Covering the Red Sea, Indo-Pacific and many Caribbean species, the book comes in a handy, almost square format with just three species per page, allowing good-sized images of high quality.
The authors describe each species carefully, and where possible give information on behaviour to assist with identification. For example, the reader learns that the orangeband surgeonfish (Acanthurus olivaceus) "can switch its main body colour from dark olive to tan to dark blue in seconds" and that there are 40 different species of triggerfish. One section shows juvenile specimens of some of the commonest fish, demonstrating how unlike their adult forms they can be.
Photographically, Reef Life is excellent, with every shot a genuinely representative view of the animal or fish described. The book also contains a good general introduction to coral-reef ecology, and titbits of information are spread throughout the text: "94 million tonnes of fish are now taken globally each year, compared to 19 million tonnes in 1950."
The Ferraris also produced the Macrolife Guide to Underwater Malaysia, in my opinion the best of its kind. Now they have created an indispensable companion volume that will serve every diver well.
Tim Ecott, author Neutral Buoyancy: Adventures in a Liquid World
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Comprehensive view of tropical marine life May 12 2007
By Anita C. Floyd - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
"Reef Life" is a great addition to my collection of underwater marine life books. Many scuba divers are driven to "find that fish or critter" in a reference book immediately following a dive. As a photographer, I truly appreciate the multitudes of photos that are presented in this book of the Indo-Pacific region.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
THE MARINE LIFE DIVE GUIDE TO HAVE! Sept. 30 2006
By Scubagirl - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
If I had to choose just one dive field guide among the many available today I'd have no hesitation in picking this one. 1.200 tropical marine species worldwide from the Red Sea to the Indo-Pacific and the Caribbean, 1.300 absolutely spectacular color photographs, generally pleasant and highly informative texts, a handful of easily accessible in-depth essays on fish behaviour (such as "Camouflage", "Symbiosis" or "Group Strategies"), several simply wonderful and imaginative color photogalleries clearly aimed at improving the reader's U/W camera skills (look at those amazing Scorpionfish or Frogfish faces!) - all packed up in 480 photo-packed glossy pages, covering all sorts of stuff from big sharks to wildly colorful reef fishes and from tiny shrimps to dolphins and whales. Fairly small size makes the book quite handy for field use on beaches or dive boats, and the robust hardcover with reinforced stitching will allow it to survive years of abuse - what else can a diver, an avid U/W shutterbug or a snorkeller bound for tropical seas ask from life? Highly recommended to all, seasoned old crocs and starters alike - it's from the same authors of the wonderful A Diver's Guide to Underwater Malaysia Macrolife


Feedback