Creatures of the Deep

Creatures of the Deep

In Search of the Sea's Monsters and the World They Live in

Book - 2014 | Second edition, updated and expanded
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In this updated and expanded edition of Creatures of the Deep, Erich Hoyt gives readers a glimpse of the amazing variety of creatures found in the deepest parts of the ocean. Weaving together details from the latest scientific research about sharks, giant squid, dragonfish, huge tube worms, clams and tiny microbes of the deep sea vents, Hoyt embarks on a magical journey roaming across the abyssal plains and descending into deep sea trenches more than 20,000 feet down. Hoyt unravels the complex predator-prey relationships, from "killer" copepods to battles between 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, which flourish around the hot, sulfurous deep sea vents in the magnificent rift valley of the mid ocean 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 Earth's origins.
Publisher: Richmond Hill, Ontario : Firefly Books Ltd., ©2014
Edition: Second edition, updated and expanded
ISBN: 9781770852815
Branch Call Number: 591.77 HOY 2014
Characteristics: 288 pages : colour illustrations ; 29 cm


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Aug 23, 2018

Hello, darlings! - "Creatures of the Deep" looks at all of the freaky monsters living in the oceans.

Mar 08, 2018

An amazing book, with almost every page with spectacular photographs of animals that you probably had never seen before (except for the earlier edition).
From the inside flap it states: "The first edition, won the Outstanding Nonfiction Book of the Year Award for 2001 from the American Society of Journalists and Authors in 2002. Since then, a new era of ocean discovery has witnessed the first filming of the giant squid [off the coast of Japan in 2012], and submarine expeditions to the deepest underwater trenches on Earth. As a result of this growing momentum, five new species are being named every day, more than 2,000 a year. At the same time, the ocean is in trouble: Overfishing, industrial development and climate change are forcing many species to move, adapt or become extinct."
The Mariana Trench at Challenger Deep is deeper that the highest point on Earth, Mount Everest. If Everest were placed at the bottom of the trench, its peak would still be 7,000 feet (2,130 m), below the surface...more than 100 times the size of the Grand Canyon.

Feb 21, 2018

Impressively compiled by award-winning nature writer, Erich Hoyt - "Creatures of the Deep" is a truly fascinating visual-journey that takes us to the absolute bottom of the sea.

As we descend, layer-by-layer, into an ever-darkening ocean world - Hoyt introduces us to creatures, both beautiful and grotesque, of every size and description, who have adapted to a life far beneath the sun and waves.

Carefully weaving together details from the latest in scientific research - Hoyt offers us some excellent imagery to equally match the true awesomeness of his fantastic "deep sea" story of alien lifeforms.

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