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Creatures of the Deep
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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 maywell be the era of deep-ocean discovery.

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Has spent his life on or beneath the sea, working with whales and dolphins and marine conservation. He lives and works in Scotland where he is based on a marine research station in the Orkneys.

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Compelling portraits of animals that are superbly adapted denizen of a dark high-pressure world. A bevy of interesting creatures ... The book benefits tremendously from vivid color photographs of the featured creatures. Hoyt's elegant writing provides both the historical background for deep-sea exploration and an ecological perspective on life in the ocean. Stunning photographs of little-known creatures... detailed but highly readable text traces a history of myths and discoveries of the oceans. The book has a� knowledgeable and accessible approach to marine life and high quality photography. -- Mary Nickum "Library Journal" (12/01/2001) The book has a] knowledgeable and accessible approach to marine life and high quality photography.--Mary Nickum"Library Journal" (12/01/2001) More than 150 color photographs that capture everything from sea cucumbers to vampire squids in all their watery glory.--Rachel Robb"Quill and Quire" (10/01/2001) Separates monster fact from fiction, with... Hoyt plunging to the depths of the world's oceans in search of the ogres.--Paul Allen"Geographical [UK]" (03/01/2002) A splendid overview. The photographs, sidebars, and unique life-forms presented offer opportune ways of catching the attention of reluctant readers.--Pam Johnson"School Library Journal" (02/01/2002) A brisk history of deep sea research... engagingly descriptive... takes readers on an extensive tour through the underwater zones.--Donna Seaman"Booklist" (12/01/2001) 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" (03/01/2002) Combines dramatic photographs with extraordinary tales of undersea life. A bevy of interesting creatures ... The book benefits tremendously from vivid color photographs of the featured creatures. 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. Accompanied by stunning photographs of little-known creatures ... the detailed but highly readable text traces a history of myths and discoveries of the oceans. 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. 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" (12/01/2001) 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" (12/01/2001) The general summary of the ocean's layers, specific views of the selected "monsters," and the perspective of the life and environment interaction combine to make this book a splendid overview. The photographs, sidebars, and unique life-forms presented offer opportune ways of catching the attention of reluctant readers.--Pam Johnson"School Library Journal" (02/01/2002) Outstanding photographs and a well-written, enthusiastic text ... a worthwhile addition to school science collections.--Rayna Patton"VOYA [Voice of Youth Advocates]" (04/01/2002) The most striking element ... are the more than 150 color photographs that capture everything from sea cucumbers to vampire squids in all their watery glory.--Rachel Robb"Quill and Quire" (10/01/2001) The deep is a wondrous place, Hoyt tells us convincingly. It is another world, concealing mysteries locked up in mountain chains and valleys that may hold the key to how life began at all.--Judith Isabella"Victoria Times Colonist" (01/20/2002) 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]" (03/01/2002) 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" (03/01/2002)

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