Did you know that today is World Oceans Day? The importance of our oceans cannot be overstated, so today we’re featuring books about the sea, marine life, and more! Check out these books, and read up on what makes our oceans so beautiful, and how they have inspired writers across the ages. Then, get out there and do something to help conserve or clean up our oceans today!
This unrivalled 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 intertidal zone and in shallow subtidal 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.
Shores, 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.
Sea 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.
The Reef Guide
The 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.
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