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A collection of surplus photographs.
on 4 June 2007
I have to commence by saying that the photography in this book is quite excellent. But that is all. It is not "The Dive Guide to have" it not even "A Leading Guide." It is certainly not an "Awesome book for any diver!" WHY? Because there are far too many errors and the product cannot, therefore, be trusted. Far too many creatures are wrongly identified.
Yes, Andrea & Antonella Ferrari are excellent photographers but during the past 9 years in which they have been photographing the underwater world, they have not learned enough about the creatures that have become their subjects. There is far more to Marine Biology than taking a photo and looking up the fish in a book!
In short, the authors of this book do not appear to have any of the qualifications, knowledge or experience required to produce a so-called definitive guide to over 1,200 world-wide marine species.
Having found mistakes, I got the distinct impression this book was simply a collection of their own surplus photographs - good though they may be.
In short, if you are diving and you see something which is also found in this book, you will have to check that identification with a more reliable source before committing either common name or Latin name to your logbook.