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The Reef Set: Your Eyes to the Sea - Reef Fish, Creature, Coral identification Hardcover – Box set, 1 Feb 2002

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  • Hardcover: 1250 pages
  • Publisher: New World Publications; Box edition (1 Feb. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1878348337
  • ISBN-13: 978-1878348333
  • Product Dimensions: 24.1 x 16.5 x 8.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 584,806 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This title contains 3 books in slipcase. It includes copies of "Reef Fish Identification: Florida, Caribbean & Bahamas" (3rd Edition), "Reef Creature Identification: Florida, Caribbean & Bahamas" (2nd Edition) and "Reef Coral Identification: Florida, Caribbean & Bahamas" (2nd Edition) packaged in a beautifully printed shelf case.

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 21 Sept. 2001
Format: Paperback
These volumes are for identification purposes of species only. They offer no information on the dynamics or interactions of reef ecosystems. The books are ring bound meaning great care will have to be taken to keep them in pristine condition, also to note is that the bindings are of plastic and not metal making them even weaker. The species listed are specifically for Florida, Bahamas and the Caribbean and the information offered on them I found to be sparse. A guide such as those published by Collins is far superior. If you are naturalist diving regularly in the above areas and wish to identify everything you see then these books are ideal. However, if you are a regular diver you will know most of the species listed already. For the price these books fall far from expectations.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By philsue@pd.jaring.my on 11 Feb. 2000
Format: Paperback
I gave the set 5 stars basically because the set itself deserves it. It is exceedingly well laid out, referencing the creatures and fish by shape and size etc, which after all, if you don't know what the fish is, is all you've got to go on. Photographs are excellent, and they are photos not drawings!, and the descriptions include habitat and reaction to divers. HOWEVER - the whole set refers only to Florida, Caribbean and Bahamas, a point that is not made. If you live and dive anywhere between the Maldives and Australia, the set is not what you're looking for. It is missing some of the most well-known, abundant fish in the Thailand, Malaysia, Bali belt, so trying to find a fish that you DON'T know is going to be impossible. But if you're diving off the East coast of USA - brilliant!
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By C. R. Bullock on 10 May 2008
Format: Vinyl Bound Verified Purchase
If you dive or snorkel in the Caribbean this set of books is simply "a must have". Everything you need to know about everything from the largest sharks to the smallest molluscs are in these books. Absolutely brilliant!!!
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mr. R. J. Rook on 19 May 2001
Format: Paperback
Having dived out in Tortola, I 'borrowed' his book, and found it invaluable to identify the hundreds of species of fish out there. Now I have purchased the Travellers Reef Set, and can increase my knowledge before my next visit. Absolutely invaluable to those who dive the area, and photographers/videoagraphers alike. Thank You Paul!
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80 of 81 people found the following review helpful
Absolutely the best set available 21 April 2002
By Harold McFarland - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
If there is one set of reef identification books to own then this one is it. A set of three of the best books available, it contains Reef Fish Identification, Reef Creature Identification and Reef Coral Identification. Throughout the Florida, Caribbean and Bahamas areas there are no better books available. Each fish, creature, coral, grass or algae has it's own full color picture along with a line drawing that points out the defining characteristics of that particular species. With a plastic cover and the pages treated to resist water, it can be taken to the beach or onto the boat without much concern about the water damaging the book.
Each entry has complete information on the fish, creature or coral from size, depth, range and habitat to the level of concern that a diver should have for their safety around it. If you snorkel, dive or just have an interest in identification of the various things that you find on a reef then this set will give you everything you need to identify anything you find. Highly recommended.
17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Does exactly what it says on the tin! 28 Oct. 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I'm sorry that Vincent in Singapore didn't find these books useful, but they don't pretend to be books for those wanting to keep fish in small tanks - they are terrific field identification guides (as per the titles), with excellent photos and details of colour variations, locations, etc. Beautifully presented, and very comprehensive. Brilliant!
30 of 33 people found the following review helpful
Incredibly complete; a diver's encyclopedia. 11 Jun. 1999
By cmfmd@aol.com - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
We met the trilogy in Little Cayman this year. We could identify everything we saw: coral, fish and creatures. It was our #1 priority for our next dive trip.
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Hands down, the BEST books I will ever own! 16 Oct. 2006
By Tommy Madison - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I started diving 2 years ago. Up until I ordered these books, I really didn't know what I was seeing. These 3 books are the absolute best books to own if you like diving or boating and live in Florida or the Caribbean. Every page has 3 full color glossy photos of fish, or creatures on it. The photos and info are very comprehensive and detailed.

My only qualm is that the listing says hard cover, so I was expecting 3 hard cover books, but instead received 3 soft cover books in a hard cover box. Hard cover or soft cover... I still couldn't be any happier with these books. I highly suggest!
17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Excellent for amature, student, diver and Instructor 31 July 1997
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
While diving and snorkeling, in Jamaica, for a Marine Biology class, this set of books helped me work out the identification of many critters we were looking for and at.

Because of the colour prints, descriptions and layout of the books, I was able to find the most difficult of species we were trying to learn about in a very short period of time. I recommend this set to aument the Eugene H. Kaplan's (Peterson Field Guides) books on " Coral Reefs" and the "Southeastern and Caribbean Seashores."
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