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  • Paperback: 600 pages
  • Publisher: Firefly Books Ltd (25 April 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1770851909
  • ISBN-13: 978-1770851900
  • Product Dimensions: 15.9 x 3.5 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 272,553 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Brandon Cole is one of the world's most accomplished underwater photographers and certainly one of the most prolific.... He has put a collection of his pictures together to form a useful guide to tropical marine life. The text is by Scott Michael, a sometime scientific consultant to National Geographic Explorer and Discovery Channel. Six hundred pages make up a weighty volume measuring 16 x 18cm, and half of that is reproduced in the conventional form of a fish-identification book, with a photograph and details of an example of each species. However, much of this book contains chapters on such issues as parental care in reef fish, schooling and shoaling, venom and poison, and cleaner-fish ecology. It even has an appropriately small section on algae. A major section details the different coral reef communities found around the world... There are chapters on elasmobranches, invertebrates, marine reptiles and marine mammals and all are illustrated, almost without exception, with beautiful pictures by Brandon Cole, although Scott Michael and a few others have filled in the inevitable holes. The text is informative and well sourced without being too wordy.--John Bantin"Divernet (Diver Magazine online)" (06/01/2013)

This colorful, eye-catching title provides the reader with in-depth text on tropical marine ecosystems accompanied by brilliant photography.... The book centers around the coral belt..... Along with information on the marine life in these areas the authors provide users with what they are likely to see while diving in these areas... Useful as an identification guide as well as for those who want to browse the incredible photographs.--Mark A. Wilson"American Reference Books Annual 2014" (08/15/2014)

About the Author

Brandon Cole is a biologist, wildlife photographer and photojournalist specializing in the marine environment worldwide. His photography has appeared in hundreds of magazines including GEO, National Geographic, Newsweek, Outside, Scientific American and Smithsonian. Scott W. Michael is an internationally recognized writer, underwater photographer and researcher who specializes in elasmobranchs (i.e., sharks, skates and rays) and coral reef fishes. He is the author of Reef Sharks and Rays of the World (1994). He is a scientific consultant for National Geographic Explorer and the Discovery Channel.


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This book is full of interesting fish and information about the habits in which they are found. It would be a good guide for a diver, but for me, a non diver, it offers a view of a world I am glad exists.
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A fantastic set of pictures with names and information that will not disappoint. I bought this after seeing an article mentioing an upcoming book. I'm now curious to see his previous works and will be watching for future publications for which it appears he has a few ideas.

It's quite an odd format (about 7" square) and quite chunky (1.5" thick). However it's well bound, has a good index and is a joy to flick through. A quality piece of work in more ways than one. Great as a coffee table placeholder and for browsing through to identify the mystery creature you saw while diving. The kids also love it when we can point to fish and other sea creatures we saw on our dives and the quality of the photos is consistently high.

Just go and buy a copy!
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Entertaining book for browsing, with lots of insights on all creatures of the coral reef. Very good value, and lots of interesting information for divers and snorkelers.
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Great book, comprehensive, nice photos and includes all the reef life we were wanting to look up, and more. Just about small enough to be portable
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brilliant - xmas gift
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