#WorldOceansDay

Today is World Oceans Day! Celebrate the beauty of the natural world & spread awareness for the need to conserve our oceans with these books all about our oceans and marine life.

To learn more about World Oceans Day, you can visit the World Oceans Day website here. Keep reading for information about a few of our favorite marine-themed books!


Two Oceans
9781770077720This unrivaled field guide covers over 1,400 species of the most common forms of marine life that inhabit our coasts – including the invertebrates, fish, reptiles, mammals birds and plants. The book documents a selection of these, concentrating on the most frequently encountered species that live in the inter-tidal zone and in shallow sub-tidal waters that can readily be explored by scuba-divers. There is a particular focus on open-coast beaches and rocky shores, and aquatic estuarine animals and plants are also covered. Fish that are commonly seen in tidal pools or by divers, or those frequently caught by angers are included, as are smaller rock-pool fish. It will meet the needs of scientists, students, fishermen, scuba-divers and beachcombers alike, encapsulating current knowledge and enabling the identification of diverse species, from sponges to whales and from seaweeds to mangroves.
You can purchase your copy here on our website, or from any major bookseller.

The Reef Guide
9781775840183The Reef Guide documents some 800 reef fish and invertebrates found along the east and south coasts of southern Africa. Following on the success of Dennis King’s earlier two titles, this impressive new guide features 578 species of fish and includes sections on anemones, starfish, snails, crabs, lobsters and shrimps. Full-color photographs for each species, along with useful and interesting information, make for easy identification. The book offers:
• 578 species of marine fish
• 228 invertebrate species, including corals, nudibranchs, anemones, starfish, crabs, lobsters, worms and shrimps
• full color photos for easy identification
• detailed introductions for each section, with concise descriptions of each species
• illustrations to assist with the identification of fish families While focusing on southern Africa, the book has relevance way beyond and is applicable to the entire east coast of Africa, as well as the islands of the western Indian Ocean – Seychelles, Mauritius, Reunion, Madagascar, the Comoros and the Maldives. Indispensable for divers, snorkelers and rock-pool enthusiasts, as well as fisherman and marine aquarists.
You can purchase your copy here on our website, or from any major bookseller.

Shark Stories
9781869196929Al Venter has been free-diving (without cages) with sharks for 40 years and has had three of his friends killed by them. The international author known for his war writing now turns his efforts on highlighting their importance to the world’s ocean ecosytems. He regards the shark as one our greatest oceanic assets: remove the shark from the maritime environment and an ecological disaster will follow. For decades, the waters around South Africa have had more sharks – and a greater variety of these predators – than any other coastline in the world. There are several reasons, one being the annual sardine run up the east coast. The sharks draw many South Africans and others from around the world, among them Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio and King Abdullah of Jordan. Working with specialist divers and friends, as well as world-class photographers, Venter has created a book on sharks that is not only instructive but also breathtakingly beautiful and fascinating. Photographers who submitted work for publication include Fiona Ayerst, Morne Hardenberg and the diminutive shark warrior Lesley Rochat.
You can purchase your copy here on our website, or from any major bookseller.

Sea Stories
9781485304029Sea Stories is a collection of stories from around the world – from “Hans and the hole” in Haarlem (Netherlands) to the harvesters of seabird nests Adhi (Pakistan) and Sinta (Guinea) in the East. But there are also many stories from other parts of the world, such as “The Flying Dutchman”, the Hole-in-the-Wall at esiKhaleni where the water people come to fetch you, “The ghosts of Jutten Island”, “Adamastor and the Cape of Storms” and the shepherd from Macassar who found Sheik Yusuf’s grave amongst the dunes.
Sea Stories also contains adaptations of The Little Mermaid, the tale of Princess Elisa and her eleven swan brothers, and the West Coast farmer Koos Malgas who stole his wife’s seal skin. And of course Hare tricks Salt Water Crocodile.
The charming illustrations by Marjorie van Heerden will carry a little reader away to a magical world full of oceanic wonder.
COMING SOON. You can pre-order your copy here on our website.

Marine Life
9781782744450Shores, seas and oceans are home to thousands of animals: from the mightiest sharks to jewel-like reef fish and armored crabs. This book provides a guide to marine creatures, using an entry by entry approach. Each entry includes a table of information on scientific name, order and family, features, habitat, distribution, diet and breeding. By including fascinating examples from all of the world’s major marine families, Marine Life offers a truly comprehensive overview of marine dwellers from every sea and ocean and gives a sense of the incredible diversity of marine life.
The entries are grouped by order, then within each order by family (and, where necessary, within each family by subfamilies); each family section contains examples of the key species, which are illustrated with beautifully detailed, full-color artworks. For easy reference, each entry includes a table of information on scientific name, order and family, features, habitat, distribution, diet and breeding.
COMING SOON. You can pre-order your copy here on our website.

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