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Posts tagged with "Marine Biology"

  • Wild Sea: A History of the Southern Ocean
    Joy McCann

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    A major player in weather, climate, and biodiversity, the waters around Antarctica take center stage in a new history

    Of the vast, largely unknown marine environment, the most mysterious section arguably lies at the bottom of the world. In Wild Sea, historian Joy McCann has written a brief but delightfully comprehensive history of the Southern Ocean, “the most remote and inaccessible part of the planetary ocean, the only part that flows completely around Earth… Read More
  • Spying on Whales: The Past, Present, and Future of Earth’s Most Awesome Creatures
    Nick Pyenson

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    Spying on Whales: The Past, Present, and Future of Earth’s Most Awesome Creatures

    Whales are massive, their habitat is enormous, their life spans can be much longer than our own, and their intellect is both compelling and mysterious. We are captivated by whales, yet they remain difficult to know. Nick Pyenson enters into this long affair from a paleontological perspective, being most interested in how these remarkable creatures… Read More
  • Eye of the Shoal: A Fishwatcher’s Guide to Life, the Ocean and Everything
    Helen Scales

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    Eye of the Shoal

    The first time Helen Scales watched fish in the wild, she wasn’t expecting to be impressed. Fifteen years old and on a family holiday in California, she was more concerned with spotting a sea otter. Peering from a high bluff south of Monterey Bay, however, she was captivated by what she saw: fish of all… Read More
  • Orca: How We Came to Know and Love the Ocean’s Greatest Predator
    Jason M. Colby

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    Bloodthirsty murderers no more, captive killer whales helped to transform the species’s reputation

    Killer whales, also known as orcas, are idolized, loved, and even revered. Such sentiments, however, have not always been held toward this species, as historian Jason Colby reveals in his new book, Orca. From the 1940s into the 1960s, killer whales were often depicted as a menace to the rest of the ocean’s inhabitants, as… Read More
  • Shark Lady: The True Story of How Eugenie Clark Became the Ocean’s Most Fearless Scientist
    Jess Keating, Illustrated by Marta Álvarez Miguéns

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    Shark Lady

    The sight of a dorsal fin slicing through the water might strike fear into your heart, but Eugenie Clark saw things differently. Shark Lady tells the story of this pioneering marine biologist who took assumptions about sharks—and about whether women belong in science—and blew them out of the water. Captivated by sharks since a childhood… Read More
  • Squid Empire: The Rise and Fall of the Cephalopods
    Danna Staaf

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    Fossils aren’t your forte? A charming tale of cephalopod evolution may change your mind

    As a squid biologist, I have always been a huge fan of living cephalopods, but their shelled ancestors never piqued my interest before I picked up Danna Staaf’s Squid Empire. Thanks, in part, to her unbridled enthusiasm, by the end of the book, I found myself actively rooting for animals that I had previously only… Read More