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Coastal Fish Identification: California to Alaska Plastic Comb – 1 Jun 1996


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  • Plastic Comb: 205 pages
  • Publisher: New World Publications, US; Spi edition (1 Jun. 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1878348124
  • ISBN-13: 978-1878348128
  • Product Dimensions: 23.2 x 16.6 x 2.3 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,766,444 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Great Book! 31 July 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Plastic Comb
As a freediver along the coast north and south from San Francisco, I frequently refer to this book for reference of the fish I find in the kelp beds. I am able to find every fish I saw in the water in this book. The color photos are great for that purpose. Other books in my collection are sometime visually vague due to the lack of photographic images (paintings and/or black & white sketches). In ths book the text along with the pictures are also informational: distinctive features, description, abundance & distribution, habitat & behavior, reaction to divers.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Great Resource for Divers 25 Aug. 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Plastic Comb
As an avid diver in the Puget Sound, I have found this book to be very useful. It features great photos to help me identify the fishes that I encounter while underwater. The format is easy to use because it is geared toward the underwater naturalist. I recommend it to all my diver friends.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Fabulous reference for California divers! 28 Sept. 2005
By anonymous - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Plastic Comb Verified Purchase
I wish we had bought this book before our recent dive trip to California. The little fish id cards just don't have as much info and the quality of pictures in this book. As a fan of the Humann id book series, I can say that all of his books are the best on the market and any snorkeler or diver should own them all.
Extremely useful for the West coast diver 12 Mar. 2012
By James Ridgway - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Plastic Comb Verified Purchase
I truly appreciate the level of time and effort that goes into creating one of these volumes. The variety of species in a particular area of ocean is huge and attempting to capture most of them, along with decent photos is a truly massive undertaking. This is something that I certainly could not do and the relatively comprehensive nature of this work is well done.

Of course, it can never be perfect. Species that were uncommon due to overfishing at the time of publication (such as the sevengill shark - which only receives a tiny mention in this book) have come back and photos are readily available today. Others have gone the other direction and are now less common. I have not found others yet that I know are missing, again - this is a relatively comprehensive work and decently executed.

I think at this point I would prefer an online resource. The technology is there and updating would be far simpler today than when this was published (1996).

Overall I am happy to have a decent field guide to the fishes and creatures I see while diving.

Hope that helps.
Awesome guide! 12 Feb. 2012
By Richard L. Zade - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Plastic Comb Verified Purchase
This is the new and greatly improved version of Paul's popular field guide. If you dive, fish, or beach-comb the west coast of the US this is one of the best Identification guides around. It's full of wonderful photos and descriptions of all of the known fishes you will see. It's small enough to carry with you on your travels and has a sturdy waterproof cover.
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