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Creatures of the Deep: In Search of the Sea's Monsters and the World They Live In Hardcover – Sep 11 2014

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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Firefly Books; 2 edition (Sept. 11 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1770852816
  • ISBN-13: 978-1770852815
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 2.5 x 27.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #246,619 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Some of these [creatures] could have doubled as imagined horrors lurking in David Lynch's mind. Frightening fish that are 90 per cent jaws; a leering, cyclopean--seeming sea cucumber; and a sentient tube. (Globe and Mail 2014-12-06)

Winner, Outstanding Nonfiction Book of the Year (American Society of Journalists and Authors 2014-06-01)

[Review of previous edition:] More than a picture book ... Hoyt's elegant writing provides both the historical background for deep-sea exploration and an ecological perspective on life in the ocean's depths. (American Scientist 2001-11-01)

[Review of previous edition:] A brisk history of deep sea research ... as engagingly descriptive as he is instructive, Hoyt takes readers on an extensive tour through the underwater zones ... Teen science buffs will enjoy the photographs and Hoyt's animation and clarity. (Donna Seaman Booklist 2001-12-01)

[Review of previous edition:] Erich Hoyt, an award-winning science writer, gives readers an amazing tour of the ocean world through an underwater camera in this fascinating book. He examines former and current sea monsters which dwell at various depths of the ocean. His purpose is to dispel misconceptions and turn these monsters into animals worthy of humans' respect, patient curiosity and admiration. This book has several strengths: the text provides a wealth of interesting information; the colour photographs are no less than fabulous, affording readers a glimpse into the murky ocean world; and, perhaps, most important of all, Hoyt's obvious passion for the ocean and the myriad life forms it harbors comes through loud and clear. Highly Recommended. (Gail Hamilton Canadian Materials 2002-03-01)

[Review of previous edition:] Creatures of the Deep separates monster fact from fiction, with nature writer Erich Hoyt plunging to the depths of the world's oceans in search of the ogres. (Paul Allen Geographical [UK] 2002-03-01)

[Review of previous edition:] Accompanied by stunning photographs of little-known creatures ... the detailed but highly readable text traces a history of myths and discoveries of the oceans. (The Globe and Mail 2001-11-24)

[Review of previous edition:] Hoyt ... shares his enthusiasm for and knowledge about the extraordinary creatures of the deep sea ...[The book has a] knowledgeable and accessible approach to marine life and high quality photography. (Mary Nickum Library Journal 2001-12-01)

[Review of previous edition:] Hoyt unravels the complex predator-prey relationships from "killer" copepods to battles among giant squids and sperm whales, presenting compelling portraits of animals that are superbly adapted denizen of a dark high-pressure world. (Newsletter of the National Association of Science 2002-01-01)

[Review of previous edition:] Combines dramatic photographs with extraordinary tales of undersea life. (Publishers Weekly 2001-10-01)

About the Author

Erich Hoyt has spent much of his life on or beside the sea, working with whales and dolphins and marine conservation. A noted conservationist and scientist, he has written more than 20 books including the acclaimed Orca: The Whale Called Killer, The Earth Dwellers and Insect Lives plus several children's books including Weird Sea Creatures and Whale Rescue. He lives in Dorset, England.

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