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Creatures of the Deep: In Search of the Sea's Monsters and the World They Live in Hardcover – 1 Nov 2001

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Firefly Books Ltd; First Edition edition (1 Nov. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1552093409
  • ISBN-13: 978-1552093405
  • Product Dimensions: 23.5 x 1.9 x 28.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,515,973 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Erich Hoyt, an award-winning science writer, gives readers an amazing tour of the ocean world through an underwater camera in this fascinating book. He examines former and current sea monsters which dwell at various depths of the ocean. His purpose is to dispel misconceptions and turn these monsters into animals worthy of humans' respect, patient curiosity and admiration. This book has several strengths: the text provides a wealth of interesting information; the colour photographs are no less than fabulous, affording readers a glimpse into the murky ocean world; and, perhaps, most important of all, Hoyt's obvious passion for the ocean and the myriad life forms it harbors comes through loud and clear. Highly Recommended.--Gail Hamilton"Canadian Materials" (03/01/2002)

About the Author

Has spent his life on or beneath the sea, working with whales and dolphins and marine conservation. He lives and works in Scotland where he is based on a marine research station in the Orkneys.

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0x8f344ac8) out of 5 stars 14 reviews
18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa83fe684) out of 5 stars surreal so real 18 Nov. 2002
By Natalie Mills - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This is a fascinating, compelling book with a lot of truly phenomenal photography throughout. I love deep-sea beasties - they please my aesthetic taste - spiky, fangy, bizarre and... bioluminescent. Hmm. The writing is clear, concise and evocative - an 'easy' read without being simplistic or dumbed-down. Overall, an excellent trip into a world here and not-here. Highly recommended.
8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8f344ca8) out of 5 stars Engrossing 21 July 2005
By Newton Ooi - Published on
Format: Hardcover
The deep sea is considered the last place on Earth that is relatively untouched and unexplored by man. As such, the last 20 years have witnessed an explosion in the number of books, movies (think IMAX), documentaries (Discovery Channel) and other lay-man oriented exposes on the deep sea. This book fits right in with that trend, and serves as a good introduction to the biology of the deep sea.

The book describes the different zones of the ocean, how each is uniquely different from the others, and how they interact with each other. The book then focuses on the deep sea, that layer of water that extends from 2 miles below the surface to the very sea-bottom. The emphasis is on the different animals that live in this part of the sea, such as anglerfish, viperfish, certain types of sharks, the denizens around undersea hot vents, etc... There is also discussion of life cycles, the ocean geography, currents, and the food chain.

The book itself is quite interesting to read, or just to flip through. The photos of the various deep-sea animals are quite impressive, and in color of course. The text itself is appropriate for anyone with at least a high school education. The entire book can be read in one sitting, the level of science is appropriate for high-school seniors, and the pages are well laid out with pictures interspersed within the text.

Excepting the color photographs, the book itself is not much better than previous texts in this same topic. I do recommend it for reading though, as it is enjoyable and educational at the same time.
15 of 21 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa83fe084) out of 5 stars "Stunning" doesn't quite cover it 8 April 2002
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I sat with this book for 4 solid hours, in aew. Packed with incredible photos of creatures so bizarre that you couldn't invent anything even close to this reality. Hoyt explains the layers of the sea and what lives there, why and how each atmosphere creates and hosts it's own World. It tells in plain language how these creatures live, eat and reproduce and find each other in the pitch black. It's rare to find a book who's text and visual offerings are equally astounding and educational. I came away with a feeling that all I thought I knew about the sea and life on Earth had just been rewritten for me. This book is a genuine treat and a glimpse into all the possibilites of Life in our "not human" terms.
HASH(0x991dc4e0) out of 5 stars Deceptive title and a thin book 19 April 2016
By KDeRoo - Published on
Format: Hardcover
For a book called "Creatures of the Deep" I sure don't feel like I learned much about them. Like others, I was disappointed that Hoyt used the broader definition of "the deep" to include all life in the water column, which led to sections on plankton and familiar sharks. Half the book consists of color photographs, with one chapter consisting entirely of what appear to be dead specimens (one is even posed so that two fish look like they're chasing each other; either that or it's a really bad photo). He does include a neat map showing the mid-oceanic ridge system and the locations of hydrothermal vent communities mentioned in the text. I didn't care much for the "narrative" writing style either, which included an overly-detailed tour of the ridge system mentioned above. I did enjoy his little history of deep sea exploration though. The book also includes a list of sources (all of a page long) and an index. If you really want to read it I'd get a copy at a local library as it's probably not worth buying.
HASH(0xa83fd708) out of 5 stars Definitely recommended for those with a curious and imaginative mind 13 Sept. 2015
By maureen welton - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Fascinating! A book that left me awestruck by what lives in our ocean and a wonder for what has not yet been discovered. Definitely recommended for those with a curious and imaginative mind.
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