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A Divers Guide to Underwater Malaysia Macrolife [Hardcover]

Andrea Ferrari
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Book Description

1 Jan 2003
This is an essential field guide for all serious macro divers (those interested in small marine species) from the Maldives to Australia. It identifies and describes 600 Indo-Pacific marine species, focusing on those found in South China, Sulu and Sulawesi seas. Each species entry includes detailed first-hand information on distribution, habitat, size, life habits, and underwater photography tips. Written in a clear, concise, informative style and packed with over 800 stunning colour photos, this work includes information on the top dive sites in Malaysia and a chapter devoted to the fine art of macrophotography. Reviews: 'This book stands out for the beautiful photography...showing local variations of species. Compact size, publishing of excellent quality' - whiteheadimages.com, May 2006. '...best work I've yet seen. For...Mabul or Kunkungan, this book should be as necessary as a passport' - "Back Chatter" - August 2003 edition by Ryan Boereme. '...well written, quite informative, beautifully illustrated...a priced right, quality publication. Get a copy, you'll be happy you did!' - "FAMA" Magazine. '600 marine species illustrated with spectacular photos and a compact text for a very useful and much needed underwater guide' - "TAUCHEN" Magazine, Germany, December 2003. 'Illustrated with more than 800 extraordinary colour photos...this is the field guide of choice for all serious macro divers' - "Asian Diver" December/January 2004 issue. 'The photography is impressive...if you need to identify any species from this area...this guide is a gem' - Northern California Underwater Photographic Society. 'We just discovered the ultimate guide to Indo-Pacific macro life (...) this book is a must for traveling divers' - "Undercurrent", "The Editor's Picks", January 2004. 'Identifies and describes 600 small marine species from the Indo-Pacific...Clear, concise, informative...packed with more than 800 colour photos' - "BBC Wildlife Magazine", January 2004. 'Both a macro and a fish field guide for all serious divers from the Maldives to Australia. A must!' - "Four Lakes Scuba Club Newsletter", February 2004. 'Colour photographs of the highest quality make it easy to identify what you have seen...An essential tool for anyone' - "DIVER Magazine", UK, June 2004.

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 468 pages
  • Publisher: Nautilus (1 Jan 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9832731003
  • ISBN-13: 978-9832731009
  • Product Dimensions: 16.9 x 18.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 381,735 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"...best work I've yet seen. For...Mabul or Kunkungan, this book should be
as necessary as a passport." -- Back Chatter - August 2003 edition by Ryan Boereme

"...well written, quite informative, beautifully illustrated...a priced
right, quality publication. Get a copy, you'll be happy you did!" -- FAMA Magazine

"Both a macro and a fish field guide for all serious divers from the
Maldives to Australia. A must!" -- Four Lakes Scuba Club Newsletter, February 2004

"Colour photographs of the highest quality make it easy to identify what
you have seen...An essential tool for anyone".
-- DIVER Magazine, UK, June 2004

"Identifies and describes 600 small marine species from the
Indo-Pacific...Clear, concise, informative... packed with more than 800
colour photos" -- BBC Wildlife Magazine, January 2004

"Illustrated with more than 800 extraordinary colour photos...this is the
field guide of choice for all serious macro divers."
-- Asian Diver December/January 2004 issue

"We just discovered the ultimate guide to Indo-Pacific macro life (...)
this book is a must for traveling divers" -- Undercurrent, The Editor's Picks, January 2004

600 marine species illustrated with spectacular photos and a compact text
for a very useful and much needed underwater guide. -- TAUCHEN Magazine, Germany, December 2003

This book stands out for the beautiful photography...showing local
variations of species. Compact size, publishing of excellent quality. -- whiteheadimages.com, May 2006

"The photography is impressive...if you need to identify any
species from this area...this guide is a gem." -- Northern California Underwater Photographic Society

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5.0 out of 5 stars THE BIBLE OF MUCK DIVING! 30 Jan 2004
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I bought this book a few weeks ago while on a diving trip to Borneo and immediately fell in love with it. This is the guidebook every discerning macro diver has been waiting for! After a long introduction and a funny, informative chapter on "the fine art of macrophotography" the authors describe in full detail more than 600 different marine species, ranging from invertebrates (nudibranchs, crustaceans and mollusks) to small and not-so-small fish. Every species entry features full, first-hand information on size, habitat, geographical range and life habits, and the book is chock-full with hundreds of absolutely stunning color pictures of the critters. Despite its restrictive title, the contents are in fact perfectly useful for any Indo-Pacific dive site, ranging from the Maldives to Papua New Guinea and Northern Australia. Some of the animals described are absolutely weird and are a fascinating first even for seasoned muck divers like myself. I cannot have enough praise for this book - it is an absolute must for any serious muck diver or photographer, and it fills to perfection an important void in the diving guidebooks panorama. It's also quite compact and not too expensive. From now on I won't take another dive trip without taking it along - bravo!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Astonishing! 20 Jan 2007
I'm astonished by this book - it is *so* good.

What was most amazing - especially considering how good it is - is that I hadn't seen or heard of it before.

My 'thing' is macro and muck diving around Borneo, Bali and Fiji (so far) and this book is the mutts!

For some reason, although the book, quite correctly, doesn't go for arty shots - which could obscure a view of the subject - nonetheless it very much captures the 'sense' of macro photography. It's a difficult thing to convey, but this book does it!

The intro chapter is a really good read - very funny.

My only (very) minor criticism are the photo-tips are a little repetitive.

In summary, great book, highly recommended.
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16 of 38 people found the following review helpful
Bad marine field guides should be stored in deep, dark recesses on dank, dingy dive boats. Good guides should be perused by congenitally disliked divers bent on "impressing" the rest of us with their mind-numbing array of knowledge. Of course, the very best field guides belong on shelves and are only to have the dust blown off them when we want to identify a bizarre fish before uploading the image to a Photo of the Week contest.

I'm sure lots of divers feel this way about field guides. But this attitude is wrong, wrong, wrong. Field guides are not just for identifying mysterious fish. Nor should the socially inept use them as instruments to further distance people from the majesty of the ocean. Hogwash! As underwater photographers, we should consider field guides a necessary part of pre-departure planning, as essential as hotel reservations, and devoured eagerly before leaving the dock.

Recently, I got a copy of Andrea and Antonella Ferrari's A Diver's Guide to Underwater Malaysia Macrolife. The excellent 468-page book spotlights 600 different Indo-Pacific marine species and clearly and elegantly describes their distribution, size, and habits. Moreover, many of the 800 color images in the book feature tips for how you can shoot these creatures for your own photo album. Though the title refers to Malaysia, in reality, the guide is useful for divers exploring that enormous swath of blue undulating from the Maldives to Australia. If you're planning a trip to this region, A Diver's Guide is among the most important things to pack. But pack it last - so you can grab it quickly.

At the heart of the Indo-Pacific is the so-called Coral Triangle.
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