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Coastal Fish Identification California to Alaska 2nd Ed. (Paperback) [Paperback]

by Paul Humann (Author) , Ned DeLoach (Editor) , Ken Marks (Editor) , Michael O Connell (Illustrator)

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  • Paperback: 292 pages
  • Publisher: New World Publications; 2nd Revised edition edition (28 Aug 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1878348434
  • ISBN-13: 978-1878348432
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 25.4 x 5.1 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,640,262 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This updated and enlarged 2nd edition features over 30 additional species and 70 new photographs. From the beautiful cool waters of Catalina Island to the frigid straits teaming with life in British Columbia, this book covers it all. This is the most comprehensive pictorial fish ID guide ever published for these waters. Over 320 superb colour photographs are presented in our popular, quick-reference format.

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Amazon.com: 4.2 out of 5 stars  6 reviews
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3.0 out of 5 stars Nice book for what it does cover, but something's missing... 2 July 2009
By Hikey - Published on Amazon.com
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This book continues the strong tradition of field guides produced by Human and DeLoach. If you've used any of their other guides before, you can rest assured that this continues the clear, informative format they've developed over the years. The first flaw that I've come across, however, isn't a problem with what's covered but what's not covered: Salmon.

This field guide is aimed towards scuba divers, so I assume the authors made an editorial choice to focus on the fish likely to be seen by divers. However, if that's the case, then they should have mentioned in their introduction how they decided what to include and what to exclude. Even if the authors think divers are unlikely to focus much on salmon, I think the authors made an incorrect choice to exclude from this book one of the most characteristic groups of fish in this area.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent pictures make this an excellent reference 3 Jun 2014
By Lee H. - Published on Amazon.com
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The information is pretty standard field guide fair, but clear and concise. Also has a section in each species account devoted to reaction to divers. I'm not sure I agree with this part completely (I dive in Southern California, San Diego county) but it seems generally correct from my personal encounters.

This book's pictures make it worth the price though. They are excellent shots that make the fish very easy to ID. This is especially invaluable with the rockfish (Sebastes sp.) which are confusing at the best of times.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great for divers, snorkelers, or marine biology students 21 Nov 2012
By Amanda - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is for the most common fish that will be encountered along the West Coast of North America, and as such does not cover those that only spend a portion of their life in the marine environment, or those found so deep as to be available to ichthyologists only. I find this a great field guide for divers or snorkelers looking to identify fish, as well as learn a little bit about their life history. Also makes a good companion for fishing or trawling, when you're trying to decide which of many, many species of rockfish you have.
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice photos but lacks information 9 May 2014
By Michael T Redman - Published on Amazon.com
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Very nice photos but many shallow water species were omitted, especially rockfish. It is still a nice resource but not as good as his books on the east coast.
5.0 out of 5 stars laminated 3 Feb 2014
By Norbert F. Melnick - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a great reference. The pictures and discription are perfect and the pages are laminated so it is sure to hold up well.
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