Fish and Sea Life
Preparing the Ghost
An Essay Concerning the Giant Squid and Its First Photographer
Paperback ISBN: 1631490567
An account detailing the achievements of the first man to photograph a giant squid profile Moses Harvey as an eccentric Newfoundland reverend and obsessive amateur naturalist while describing the author's research trip to Harvey's home. 10,000 first printing.
Hardcover ISBN: 0307264548
The author describes her real-life adventure when, while training for a long-distance swim off the coast of California, she encounters a baby gray whale that had become separated from its mother and had been following her instead, and her race against time to find the baby's mother, which had been migrating north to feeding grounds in the Bering Sea. 100,000 first printing.
Kenny Salwey's Tales of a River Rat
Adventures Along The Wild Mississippi
Hardcover ISBN: 0896586499
Kenny Salwey, the legendary Last River Rat and famed storyteller, presents a new collection of ""rat tales,"" sure to delight, inform, and entertain. A modern-day American hermit who has lived most of his life in the Mississippi river bottoms, Kenny knows the river ecosystem with an intimacy unavailable to most. Here, he shares his love of, and knowledge about, the mighty river. Read through the pages of "Kenny Salwey’s Tales of a River Rat," and you’ll gain a new perspective on what it means to live with the rhythms of nature. Known as the Woodsman of the Mississippi Backwaters—he’s a hunter, trapper, outdoor guide, and self-sufficient woodsman—Kenny Salwey is said to have cut his milk teeth on a canoe paddle and seasoned it with Mississippi mud. He’s a Mississippi River guide for hunting, fishing, and nature watching; a storyteller; an instructor on environmental education; and a keynote speaker.
Last Call at the Oasis
The Global Water Crisis and Where We Go from Here
Paperback ISBN: 158648978x
Based on the documentary film by Academy Award-winning director Jessica Yu, the companion book explains the current conflicts over water supplies around the world and describes the work that reformers, policy-makers, scientists, engineers and business leaders are doing to craft solutions.
The Octopus, the Sea, and the Deep Origins of Consciousness
Paperback ISBN: 0374537194
Named a Top Ten Science Book of Fall 2016 by Publishers Weekly Although mammals and birds are widely regarded as the smartest creatures on earth, it has lately become clear that a very distant branch of the tree of life has also sprouted higher intelligence: the cephalopods, consisting of the squid, the cuttlefish, and above all the octopus. In captivity, octopuses have been known to identify individual human keepers, raid neighboring tanks for food, turn off lightbulbs by spouting jets of water, plug drains, and make daring escapes. How is it that a creature with such gifts evolved through an evolutionary lineage so radically distant from our own? What does it mean that evolution built minds not once but at least twice? The octopus is the closest we will come to meeting an intelligent alien. What can we learn from the encounter? In Other Minds, Peter Godfrey-Smith, a distinguished philosopher of science and a skilled scuba diver, tells a bold new story of how subjective experience crept into being—how nature became aware of itself. As Godfrey-Smith stresses, it is a story that largely occurs in the ocean, where animals first appeared. Tracking the mind’s fitful development, Godfrey-Smith shows how unruly clumps of seaborne cells began living together and became capable of sensing, acting, and signaling. As these primitive organisms became more entangled with others, they grew more complicated. The first nervous systems evolved, probably in ancient relatives of jellyfish; later on, the cephalopods, which began as inconspicuous mollusks, abandoned their shells and rose above the ocean floor, searching for prey and acquiring the greater intelligence needed to do so. Taking an independent route, mammals and birds later began their own evolutionary journeys. But what kind of intelligence do cephalopods possess? Drawing on the latest scientific research and his own scuba-diving adventures, Godfrey-Smith probes the many mysteries that surround the lineage. How did the octopus, a solitary creature with little social life, become so smart? What is it like to have eight tentacles that are so packed with neurons that they virtually “think for themselves
The Fragile Edge
Diving and Other Adventures in the South Pacific
Paperback ISBN: 054705372x
A master diver and author of A Tortoise for the Queen of Tonga describes the lush underwater world of the coral reefs off Rangiroa in French Polynesia, a teeming habitat in which hammerhead sharks rule, and the cutting-edge diving techniques that are extending human understanding of the ocean world. Reprint.
Waltzes With Giants
The Twilight Journey of the North Atlantic Right Whale
Hardcover ISBN: 1620871068
A moving portrait of one of the Earth's largest endangered mammals provocatively traces the threatened migrations of the North Atlantic right whale, in a literary and scientific call to action that reveals how numerous whale and fish species have been decimated for commercial interests.
Deep Blue Home
An Intimate Ecology of Our Wild Ocean
Paperback ISBN: 0547520336
At the center of Deep Blue Home—a penetrating exploration of the ocean as single vast current and of the creatures dependent on it—is Whitty’s description of the three-dimensional ocean river, far more powerful than the Nile or the Amazon, encircling the globe. It’s a watery force connected to the earth’s climate control and so to the eventual fate of the human race. Whitty’s thirty-year career as a documentary filmmaker and diver has given her sustained access to the scientists dedicated to the study of an astonishing range of ocean life, from the physiology of “extremophile” life forms to the strategies of nesting seabirds to the ecology of “whale falls” (what happens upon the death of a behemoth). No stranger to extreme adventure, Whitty travels the oceanside and underwater world from the Sea of Cortez to Newfoundland to Antarctica. In the Galapagos, in one of the book’s most haunting encounters, she realizes: “I am about to learn the answer to my long-standing question about what would happen to a person in the water if a whale sounded directly alongside—would she, like a person afloat beside a sinking ship, be dragged under too?” This book provides extraordinary armchair entree to gripping adventure, cutting-edge science, and an intimate understanding of our deep blue home.
The Encyclopedia of Sharks
Paperback ISBN: 1554074096
Provides an overview of sharks, describing the different species of these marine predators and discussing their habitats, physical characteristics, and behavior, including how they swim, communicate, and catch their prey.