Following three fishing fanatics as they head off on an epic adventure around the globe, Fishing Impossible is an ITV programme that has had so many people hooked. Described as Top Gear for fishing, it's full of extreme situations...
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This tie-in book is just as funny and fascinating as the show and finds Charlie, Jay and Blowfish looking back over their trips. From spear-fishing in the Bahamas to bungee jumping in British Columbia and dodging crocodiles in Kenya, they look at how they managed to catch fish in entertaining and bizarre ways.
You'll feel as if you are with the gang as you read about their adrenalin-fuelled trips.
Written in an accessible and easygoing style, "Citizens of the Sea" describes the ocean and its incredible biodiversity using the theme of champions - mixing obvious categories (like the largest, the smallest, and the deepest-dwelling creatures) with less obvious ones, such as the most social (killer whales and snapping shrimp), the best farmers (damselfish), and the most imitated (bath sponges). The book features dozens of stunning Census of Marine Life photos, images, maps, and other visualisations to help tell each mini-story. The champions are loosely organized in groups according to criteria such as size and shape, habitat and ecology, behaviour, and human connections. The book's themes cross a vast range: the various ocean realms (poles, deep sea, shore, and open ocean), types of organisms (vertebrates, invertebrates, plankton, plants, and bacteria), and modes of scientific discovery (remotely operated vehicles, DNA barcoding, and tagging). The remarkable variety of marine life is at the heart of "Citizens of the Sea", whose author claims that estimates of ocean diversity are too low by a factor of ten. Whether large or small, tropical or polar, predator or prey, the creatures of the ocean have great significance to the environmental health of our planet - and their stories, captivatingly reported and photographed, will enchant a wide audience of readers.
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Sharks are exquisite creatures refined and honed by competitive forces that have lived in balance with ocean prey for millions of years. They live in every ocean habitat on Earth, from shallow tide pools to the deep abyss, and from the open ocean to where rivers meet the sea. In Sharks a top research scientist explores what has made sharks such successful predators, how they differ from other animals in their biological success and what unique advantages evolution has conferred. Sharks is illustrated with uniquely sourced photography demonstrating newly observed behaviour, scientific findings and recent developments in our understanding of how they live. Sharks is both a spectacular visual celebration, and a scientific document that explores in detail their unique physiology. A powerful swimming stroke is delivered from sharks' muscles directly to their tough skin shell forcing their body to 'inflate' like a car tyre with each flex, then quickly become fluid to glide as the muscles relax. By diving through the various water layers, a shark may locate and follow chemical scent trails that could lead to food concentrations. Thus a shark moving from one temperature layer to the next can expose its sensory equipment to new chemical cues and potentially new food sources. Some deep-sea sharks also lure prey with their light-producing organs. Salvador Jorgensen has combined the latest discoveries of new species, newly documented shark behaviour, and the best photographs, to give a 'state-of-knowledge' picture of sharks. Unique pictures of shark births, recently discovered creatures from the Ocean Census research, and details of sharks' skin, eyes, teeth and heads (including a comparison of nine different hammerhead varieties) make this a book every shark enthusiast will want. It will also debunk many myths about shark behaviour, and give libraries a true, 21st-century documentation of a very popular wild animal. Sharks features illustrated profiles of species living in the shallow reefs and also those living in the open ocean along with a unique 'cladogram' family tree that opens into a gatefold and profiles every known species.
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This is the biggest-ever selection of first-hand accounts and news reports of shark attacks, both recent and historical. It shows how sharks are masters of the ocean and how we enter their domain at our own risk. Think you're safe in the Med? Read about the Great Whites that thrive near holiday beaches. Think you're safe in large groups? Read about the sinking of the USS Indianapolis in 1945 when hundreds of sailors floated for days in shark-infested waters, being picked off one-by-one. Think you're safe at home? Read about the 69-year-old man, taking his regular evening swim, jumping off his backyard dock straight into the mouth of a bull shark. Many more extraordinary and gruesome accounts, including the shark-boat skipper who slit open the belly of a 360-kg tiger shark only to have a human head, pelvis, and arm come tumbling out, provide horrific and moving tales of shark encounters. The courage of survivors and those who have risked their lives to save shark attack victims is truly inspirational. Where can you find sharks? Features on different shark species with illustrations, fact boxes and maps show where they lurk around the world. Also included are a selection of full-colour photographs and special sections on the life cycle of a shark, how to avoid a shark attack and how to survive one.
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Leading sharkeologists David O'Doherty, Claudia O'Doherty and Mike Ahern bring you a hundred things you definitely didn't know about the oceans' most terrifying creatures. Would you ever have guessed, for example, that: the great white shark hates jazz music; a group of hammerhead sharks is called 'a toolbelt'; the reef shark can send intimidating telephone text messages with its mind; "Dancing With the Sharks" was Bulgarian TV's least successful ever television show; and, the word 'shark' actually looks quite like a shark. Your knowledge of sharks is about to get a hundred facts more knowledgeable.
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In this revised and updated edition of Creatures of the Deep, award-winning nature and science writer Erich Hoyt gives readers a glimpse of the amazing variety of creatures found in the deepest parts of the ocean. Weaving together details from the latest scientific research about sharks, giant squid, dragonfish, huge tube worms, clams and tiny microbes of the deep-sea vents, Hoyt embarks on a magical journey roaming across the abyssal plains and descending into deep-sea trenches more than 6,000 metres down. Hoyt unravels the complex predator-prey relationships, from 'killer' copepods to battles between giant squid and sperm whales, presenting compelling portraits of animals that are superbly adapted denizens of a dark high-pressure world. There are life forms, independent of sunlight and photosynthesis, which flourish around the hot, sulfurous deep-sea vents in the magnificent rift valley of the mid-ocean ridge, the world's longest mountain range. Surviving in conditions that appear to be close to the very soup of primordial Earth, these microbes have become the basis for the latest research into Earth's origins. Fully illustrated with fantastic underwater imagery.
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Jellyfish are mysterious creatures, luminously beautiful with remarkably varied life cycles. These simple, ancient animals are found in every ocean at every depth, and have lived on Earth for at least the last 500 million years. Ominously, they are also increasing in number as they adapt well to marine environmental degradation. Jellyfish is a timely title that looks at their anatomy, life history, taxonomy and ecology, and includes species profiles featuring stunning marine photography that will have you scanning the depths with renewed interest.
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Bloomsbury Green Guides are portable handbooks to the most commonly found species in Britain and Europe. Our coastlines are home to a wide range of animals and plants, some that are iconic sights on beaches and others that we only see when we look more closely. The Green Guide to Seashore Life makes identifying them easy for beginners and amateur naturalists alike. Concise descriptions include information on appearance, habitat and distribution and similar species. Beautiful colour illustrations of all 150 species are included. A detailed introduction includes colour photographs and information on types of seashore habitat, shore zonation and groups of seashore plants and animals.
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From the Great Hammerhead to the Blue Shark, Shark by Eyewitness lets your child learn all about different types of sharks, what they eat and how they fight! Find out how sharks hunt their prey, how their strong teeth and jaws work and what makes them one of the most dangerous creatures in the ocean. The Eyewitness reference series is perfect for homework help or school projects. Packed with all the essential information, stunning artwork and photography from the previous edition Shark by Eyewitness is now more interactive and colourful than ever with new infographics, statistics, facts and timelines, plus a giant fact-filled wallchart, making the book more engaging and educational for your child.
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Great white sharks are enigmas. They ruled the oceans long before dinosaurs inhabited the earth. Yet we know nothing about them. Scientists speculate they can live for 60 years and grow to a massive 20 feet long. They heal miraculously from severe injuries and can sense a heartbeat from miles. There is one place on earth where it is possible to study great whites in the wild: a spooky outcrop of jagged rocks off the coast of San Francisco. This wretched place plays home to a handful of shark-obsessed scientists. One man dives with the sharks, another plans to surf there. This is the riveting adventure about great white sharks, and men so obsessed that they will endanger their lives to get close.
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An illustrated look at the weird and wonderful creatures that live in the very deepest parts of the sea. Humans have always wondered, with a mixture of fear and fascination, what lurks beneath the surface in the depths of the ocean. In this book, Erich Hoyt introduces 50 of the oddest creatures you will ever meet in the sea. From the carnivorous comb jelly to the lantern-carrying deep-sea dragonfish, from a vampire squid with giant eyes to dancing jellyfish, Hoyt explores these peculiar conditions and their equally peculiar environment. These creatures have adapted to lack of light and, using sound pulses (echolocation) or light-producing organs and pigment cells (emitting light via bioluminescence), they are able to communicate without giving their location away to predators. These stunning, shocking photographs were not taken from the portholes of submarines. Photographers David Shale, Solvin Zanki and Jeff Rotman worked with oceanography institutes, museums and the BBC Natural History Unit, taking long cruises across the ocean to record and try to understand these little-studied residents of the deep sea. To capture the creatures for observation, a net was lowered far beneath the surface. As soon as the trawl was hauled aboard, the photographers would race to transfer the most unusual animals to fresh seawater aquariums in a chilled laboratory on board. These pages let readers gaze into strange, wild eyes and study faces with toothless or crooked smiles that witness the fruits of deep-sea evolution. Informative captions explain what the patterns of lights on their bodies are 'saying' to others in their absolutely dark world. The wonder and extraordinary weirdness of what lives in the deep seas, so far away from us and yet so close, will become more familiar with this book.
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Otters by Nicola Chester is an accessible and lively account of an intriguing and much-loved animal that, surprisingly, is still endangered and rarely seen despite a recent resurgence that has seen it expand from the remote countryside into our cities. Nicola's charming, informed text brings this elusive and exciting mammal into sharper focus revealing what an otter is, and how they live, feed, play and breed. Nicola reflects on how otters exist in our imaginations culturally and how that has changed over the years. She also examines the many challenges otters have faced, exposing what brought them to the brink of extinction, and explores the challenges we face in trying to find and watch otters in the wild. Each Spotlight title is carefully designed to introduce readers to the lives and behaviour of our favourite birds and mammals.
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A fascinating journey into the extraordinary world of the king of fish: the salmon. This beautiful book explores the natural history of this most mysterious of fishes. Michael Wigan explores the life cycle of the salmon, weaving his own experiences and stories of salmon fishing and spotting into an evocative narrative. Crucially, he addresses the pressing matter of conservation issues and human management, which in the past has led to fast decreasing populations. History suggests it is the pressure of human development which has narrowed down the survival zone of the salmon, and the author questions whether we can go on altering natural systems and freshwater rivers in order to make space for human populations, and do so in sync with fish needs. In his unique and passionate voice, the author transports us to another world - his writing is beautifully evocative and his excitement for the salmon palpable throughout.
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This fascinating and comprehensive book explores the bee's place in human society from prehistoric cave paintings and inscribed clay tablets through to our contemporary world - a cabinet whose drawers are filled with nuggets of bee science and practical beekeeping, myth, religion, politics, philosophy and folklore. There is a selection of verse and a rich variety of illustrations ranging from Old Masters and scientific etchings to modern photographs. An in-depth look at bees' complex society and their present plight, the ongoing political and scientific to and fro regarding pesticides and other threats are also discussed, given the bee's importance as plant pollinator in agriculture and the wild.
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In its extraordinary debut, Safari, introduced the world to Photicular technology. The cheetah bounded, the African elephant flapped its ears and readers could not believe their eyes. Now the creators of Safari take their work a step further. Ocean offers not only a refinement of inventor Dan Kainen's Photicular technology, but a subject undulating creatures of the deep perfectly suited to the immersive visual pleasure of the process. Ocean is like being on a dive. Open the book, and the reader is swept into the magic of an underwater world, face-to-face with a floating Yellow-Banded Sweetlips; with a glow-in-the-dark Deep-Sea Anglerfish; with a Sea Horse swaying in balletic motion; with a Sand Tiger Shark gliding along the ocean floor, its gaze haunting, its hook-toothed mouth gulping open and closed. The text by Carol Kaufmann enchants with its descriptions of coral reefs; a journey on Alvin, the 17-ton submersible; and a meditation on our oceans. Then, for each creature, she writes a lively and informative essay, along with vital statistics size, habitat, range, diet, and more. The Photicular process uses an innovative lenticular technology, sliding lenses, and original four-colour video imagery. The result is like a movie in your hands the dance of life in a book.
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Through dolphins, we can see the best and worst of mankind. On average, seventy four dolphins wash up on the Gulf of Mexico's north shore every year. In the first half of 2012, there were eight hundred and ninety-one of them, with stillborn baby dolphins washing up at ten times the average yearly rate. The cause? BP's disastrous oil spill in 2010. For decades mankind's actions have led to the deaths of thousands of these beautiful creatures and this continues now, at a time when we know more about them than we ever have before. We know about their intelligence, abilities, and their culture. We know how similar to us they really are. In her most provocative book yet, Susan Casey takes us into an underwater world that is similar to our own in ways no other animal's world is. We're at a crossroads now where we could end up destroying these beautiful creatures, and our relationship with nature has become so dysfunctional that it jeopardises our own existence. By combining her own personal narrative with her in-depth scientific research, Casey delivers a narrative which is both compassionate and thrilling.
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To capture an image of the crystal octopus, one of the ocean's rarest and most elusive creatures, became the ultimate goal in Ali bin Thalith's obsession with underwater marine photography. Over ten years of searching has produced cornucopia of extraordinary deep sea images, of which 100 are selected here, shot in the warm waters of the Indian and Pacific Oceans. From Swimming with Giants to the God of Small Things, six chapters portray the inspirational qualities of marine life. Large mammals such as sharks, shoals of tuna, swimming antelope and elephants shot from below are truly exceptional. The microscopic creatures that camouflage themselves so expertly from their predators, coral gardens of the ocean bed, night dive images and the highly decorative patterns found on so much of marine life, provide a sourcebook not just for marine photography enthusiasts, but for everyone interested in colour, pattern and texture. Care is taken to explain the practicalities of the dive, the shoot, or the location and the author willingly shares the difficulties and the techniques of striving to achieve that perfect image.
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Encyclopedia of Sharks is a giant encyclopedia offering a comprehensive insight into the world of sharks for children ged 8+. Divided into clear sections, the book begins by exploring what sharks are and where they live, and progresses to how sharks work and life in the water. Shark species are then covered in great detail, revealing how great whites hunt their prey and why basking sharks cruise with their mouths wide open. This leads on to relatives of sharks, such as rays and sawfish. The book concludes by looking at sharks and people, including tourist attractions, why sharks are in trouble, and what we can do to save them. A useful source of information for school projects or homework.
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Whales, dolphins and porpoises are among the world's most mysterious and beautiful animals, and there are many opportunities to see them in the seas around Europe. This comprehensive and authoritative guide covers everything you need to know about where, when and how to watch them. Packed with useful information and top tips to help you get the most out of your trip, it includes a thorough account of whale-watching opportunities in every European country where organised whale-watching takes place, as well as detailed accounts of every cetacean species found in Europe and a fascinating introduction to their world. Whether you want to watch Blue Whales in Iceland, Bottlenose Dolphins in Whales, Narwhal in Greenland or Sperm Whales in Greece, this comprehensive guide is the ideal companion.
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Lights, cables, and teeth: The ocean s endangered predator as never seen beforeMichael Muller has carved a career out of impressive encounters. Famed for his portraits of the world s most elite actors, musicians, and sports stars, he has in the last decade built up one of the most spectacular portfolios of underwater shark photography.Muller s quest is to document sharks with an unprecedented proximity and precision, bringing the Hollywood portrait session to the ocean predator. In ocean depths around the world, he approaches the sharks with a patented seven-bulb, 1200-watt plexi-encased strobe lighting rig, developed with NASA engineering, and no cage.This collection of Muller s images, including the including the first-known photograph of great white breaching at night, is a catalog of adrenaline and awe. Arranged geographically, it follows Muller s ocean adventures from black tip and sand tiger sharks in South Africa to great hammerheads in the Bahamas, with thrilling narratives from each trip documenting the challenges and near-misses along the way.To compliment Muller s work for advocacy organizations such as WildAid and EarthEcho, the images are contextualized with essays from Philippe Cousteau, Jr. and marine biologist Alison Kock, who discuss exploration and conservation of our oceanic kingdom. Culture writer Arty Nelson adds an overview of Muller s work, while a technical section explains the precise equipment behind these spectacular shots. Together, these insightful texts and awesome images offer a record of breathtaking photographic feats, a tribute to the beauty and might of the shark, and a rallying cry for its fragile future."
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An entertaining guide to some of our commonest and most curious coastal wildlife. Brett Westwood is joined by naturalist Phil Gates in this informative and entertaining guide to a variety of common coastal wildlife. Recorded in early summer along the coast of Northumberland, each programme focuses on a different habitat - rock pools, sandy beaches, sea cliffs, strandlines and mudflats adjoining saltmarshes. The series offers helpful advice on the appearance, behaviourand sounds of some of the typical species you're likely to find around Britain's coast. Brett and Phil peel back the seaweed, clamber across rocks and sift through mud to examine the plants and animals that make this environment their home, and discuss how they've adapted to survive and thrive in some of the most hostile coastal habitats. A Guide to Coastal Wildlife will give listeners the confidence to identify everything from sea squirts to sandhoppers and from marram grass to mud shrimps. It will appeal to the complete novice and to more experienced naturalists who want to learn more about our fascinating and diverse coastal wildlife. Duration: 1 hour 15 mins approx.
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The fresh waters of the British Isles are diverse, ranging from torrential hill streams to powerful rivers and wide, meandering lowland channels. Canals and drainage channels, ranging in size from ditches to the large Fenland drains of eastern England also hold fish, as do reservoirs, lakes, ponds and other still water bodies. The fish themselves are correspondingly varied. This pocket-sized book provides information about the 54 native, invasive and naturalised species found in the UK today, and includes a photograph of each to allow easy identification
Humans and dolphins have a unique bond. We know that dolphins are highly intelligent, intensely sociable beings who recognize their own reflections, introduce themselves by name, form close friendships, communicate constantly, feel despondent, rescue one another (and humans), deduce, infer, throw tantrums, gossip, joke, and scheme. Many who have swum with them describe the experience as life-changing. They are heralded as magical creatures, and yet we force them into starring roles at theme parks, trade them on the black market and put them to slaughter. Voices in the Ocean is at once a celebration of these beloved animals and a devastating chronicle of the damage wrought when human and dolphin worlds meet. Through Casey's illuminating portrayal of these beguiling creatures we encounter the best and worst of ourselves.
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Following a year of record numbers of shark attacks, Sharks Never Sleep takes us around the world to meet shark-attack survivors, shark lovers and shark hunters, who tell us of the primal fear of being eaten alive by a wild animal, the unimaginable grief of losing a loved one and extraordinary stories of encounters with sharks. In Ballina on the east coast of Australia, Darren Rogers recounts how he tried to save Japanese surfer Tadashi Nakahara, who was mauled to death by a great white shark. At Jeffreys Bay, South Africa, professional surfer Mick Fanning narrowly escapes the jaws of a great white during the final of one of the world's biggest professional surfing competitions. On the Hawaiian island of Maui, shark-attack survivor Bethany Hamilton heads into monstrous waves to surf, even after having lost her arm to a tiger shark as a 13-year-old junior surfing champion. Explore our complex relationship of fear and fascination with sharks - meeting scientists, conservationists and a host of eccentric characters - in these gripping tales of first-hand encounters.
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