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Reef Creature Identification: Florida, Caribbean, Bahamas [Plastic Comb]

Paul Humann
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January 1990
The book that has been relied on for a decade by scientists, marine biologists, recreational divers and young naturalists. 660 fascinating photographs of crabs, lobsters, shrimps, jellies, sponges, tunicates and more!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best Guide available April 21 2002
Format:Flexibound
Sponges, jellyfish, flat worms, crustaceans, mollusks, star fish, if it is not a fish then it is in this book. This is the authoritative reference for reef creatures (other than fish) throughout the Florida, Caribbean and Bahamas area. The most complete book on reef creatures that I have seen, it is easy to use and beautifully illustrated. Each creature has it's own full color picture along with a line drawing that points out the defining characteristics of that particular species. With a plastic cover and the pages treated to resist water it can be taken to the beach or onto the boat without much concern about the water damaging the book.
Each entry has complete information on the creature from size, depth, range and habitat to the level of concern that a diver should have for their safety around the creature. Whether you snorkel, scuba dive or engage in other activities around a reef, this is the best book to have to identify reef creatures. This book can also be purchased as part of a three part set that also includes the Reef Coral Identification and Reef Fish Identification texts, each of which is equally as excellent as the Reef Creature Identification book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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After we came back from our honeymoon, I wanted to buy my husband a book to help identify the various sea creatures we encountered on our trip, and this book turned out to be perfect. First of all, the animals are broken down into various categories such as "crabs," "squid," etc., and each classification is clearly labelled. There are wonderfully clear, glossy pictures of each individual creature combined with a detailed description which includes information such as size, colors, appearance of immature, habitat, and reaction to divers. An ideal book for serious research or just for fun.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good Reference Book Feb. 29 2012
Format:Flexibound
Purchased this along with Reef Fish. Both books are excellent reference books. As a diver, I love flipping through these pages and being able to identify the creatures and fish that I've seen and taken pictures of. The pictures are great - along with the short write-up discussing each creature. They also include a checklist of each creature at the back of the book so you can document when and where you've spotted each one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best Guide available April 21 2002
By Harold McFarland - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Flexibound
Sponges, jellyfish, flat worms, crustaceans, mollusks, star fish, if it is not a fish then it is in this book. This is the authoritative reference for reef creatures (other than fish) throughout the Florida, Caribbean and Bahamas area. The most complete book on reef creatures that I have seen, it is easy to use and beautifully illustrated. Each creature has it's own full color picture along with a line drawing that points out the defining characteristics of that particular species. With a plastic cover and the pages treated to resist water it can be taken to the beach or onto the boat without much concern about the water damaging the book.
Each entry has complete information on the creature from size, depth, range and habitat to the level of concern that a diver should have for their safety around the creature. Whether you snorkel, scuba dive or engage in other activities around a reef, this is the best book to have to identify reef creatures. This book can also be purchased as part of a three part set that also includes the Reef Coral Identification and Reef Fish Identification texts, each of which is equally as excellent as the Reef Creature Identification book.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for identifying all types of sea creatures! July 18 2003
By doctor_beth - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Flexibound|Verified Purchase
After we came back from our honeymoon, I wanted to buy my husband a book to help identify the various sea creatures we encountered on our trip, and this book turned out to be perfect. First of all, the animals are broken down into various categories such as "crabs," "squid," etc., and each classification is clearly labelled. There are wonderfully clear, glossy pictures of each individual creature combined with a detailed description which includes information such as size, colors, appearance of immature, habitat, and reaction to divers. An ideal book for serious research or just for fun.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The FINEST identification book out there! Dec 5 2001
By Traveling Irishman - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Plastic Comb|Verified Purchase
This is a fantastic book, and along with the other two books by this author you should be able to ID any marine creature you encounter!
The book lists virtually all types of creatures including anemones, barnacles, jellyfish, flatworms, crabs, shrimp, octopuses, urchins, and much, much more!
Each entry has an excellent picture, the name, family, size, depth, and other detailed information.
The pictures alone are worth the cost of the book!
This is definitely the book you want to have with you when you dive or snorkel. Buy it today, you won't be disappointed!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must-have book for Caribbean divers Nov. 25 2013
By J. Chambers - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Although my wife and I are now retired from diving, for more than twenty years we dived the world's oceans, but most of our dives were in the Caribbean Sea. For the first few dives, we wondered what kind of marine life we were seeing, but few of our dive buddies were knowledgeable enough to identify many of the animals we saw. When I got into underwater photography, it was even more frustrating not being able to identify what I had photographed. Then we discovered Paul Humann and Ned DeLoach's Caribbean ID books. We've since bought every new edition of each book, and we've given several sets of the books as wedding gifts to diver friends who tied the knot.

Nowadays there are plenty of identification books and online sites, but the Humann-DeLoach ID books are still the most comprehensive and the easiest to use. Listing both the common names and scientific names of the various reef creatures, with first rate color photography, and giving the range of each species, the books make diving much more enjoyable. The books also give examples of the kind of habitat and depths at which different species are typically found, which makes looking for particular species much easier.

The 3rd Edition of Reef Creature Identification is the newest edition, and it has a lot more content than the 2nd edition that was published quite a few years ago. The book should be in any Caribbean diver's library. It really makes diving a lot more fun to be able to identify what you see, and I'll let you in on a little secret: A lot of Caribbean divemasters have this book.

In accordance with Amazon policy and FTC regulations, I acknowledge that I received a complimentary copy of the book from the publisher, since I contributed two of my own photos to the book.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Reference, comb format is perfect Dec 13 2010
By Mark - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Flexibound|Verified Purchase
I first saw this book (and its companion books on Fish and Coral) on a dive boat in Cozumel. I searched for the comb binding based on reviews that said they were lighter. After using them it appears the even greater benefit is that they lie flat, remaining open on the page you want to compare your photos to!
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