The Beachcomber's Guide to Seashore Life of California

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Harbour Pub., 2002 - Nature - 312 pages
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The California coast is one of the world's richest, most diverse habitats for intertidal marine life. It is also the site of one the world's greatest population concentrations and tourist destinations. Until now, the many millions of people living on and visiting California's coastline have gone without a guide to aid in exploring the abundant seashore life right under their noses. The Beachcomber's Guide to Seashore Life of California changes everything.

In a book that is as visually stunning as it is informative, Duane Sept dedicates full-colour photographs and thorough descriptions to each of the most common plants and animals to be found along the saltwater shores of California. Each entry includes the most useful common names for the species along with the scientific or Latin name; a description of its distinguishing physical features or behaviour; and information on its size, habitat and range. There are also sections on understanding tides and intertidal habitats, lists of the best beachcombing sites in California and tips on how to observe seashore life in an ecologically friendly manner.

Scientifically accurate, yet simple and straightforward in approach, The Beachcomber's Guide to Seashore Life of California is the perfect companion for every interested observer - the family or the school group, the Sunday beach-walker or the career naturalist.

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User Review  - Ken-ichi - Goodreads

This is a nice, colorful guide to the often mystifying world of intertidal California. Most of the common things you're likely to encounter are in there, and it's small enough to fit in a big pocket ... Read full review


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About the author (2002)

Duane Sept's passion for wildlife has brought him to study his subjects and to work throughout western Canada as a biologist, writer, professional photographer and environmental consultant. His photographs and writings have been published in numerous periodicals, including BBC Wildlife, Canadian Wildlife, Nature Canada and Outdoor Canada. He lives with his wife and two children on the Sunshine Coast of British Columbia.

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