Encyclopedia of the Sea

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Alfred A. Knopf, 2000 - Nature - 380 pages
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From one of the world's leading experts on the sea comes this ocean-sized compendium of aquatic life and lore. Richard Ellis--who is also recognized as America's foremost painter of marine subjects--gives us a masterful synthesis of years of investigation and tens of thousands of disparate sources. The result is the first comprehensive, fully illustrated, and highly readable reference on almost everything that is known about the sea.

Ellis's research has taken him all over the world--from Nantucket to Patagonia, from Newfoundland to New Zealand. Now he leads us on a great journey: from the amazing diversity of the creatures of the oceans to the birds who inhabit the skies above them; from the little-known realms of marine geography to the men and women who have bravely explored them; from the fabulous legends the sea has inspired through the ages to the intriguing evolution of the tools of nautical navigation.

With more than 450 of the author's own drawings and paintings accompanying the text, Ellis reveals the many wonders of the oceans--abalone, zooxanthellae, and everything in between. We learn about the peculiar behavior of Vampyroteuthis infernalis (the "vampire squid from hell") and about Mocha Dick, the real sperm whale that may have inspired Melville's Moby-Dick; where the crown-of-thorns starfish gets its name and how the rare coelacanth, cousin to a species extinct for 70 million years--and one of the most mispronounced fish in the sea--was rediscovered. We visit lovely and exotic locations from Venice to Ni'ihau (Hawaii's "forbidden isle"), and consider both the fearsome kraken (a mythical sea monster often seen by Scandinavian clergymen) and the notorious real-life pirate Captain Kidd (whose hidden treasure was never found).

Exhaustive, concise, and entertaining, the Encyclopedia of the Sea is invaluable as an all-inclusive, one-volume source for anyone interested in the sea, its inhabitants, and man's exploration of its mysteries.

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Contents

Section 1
6
Section 2
22
Section 3
28
Section 4
56
Section 5
69
Section 6
72
Section 7
75
Section 8
90
Section 22
215
Section 23
228
Section 24
239
Section 25
245
Section 26
271
Section 27
273
Section 28
276
Section 29
286

Section 9
102
Section 10
110
Section 11
123
Section 12
132
Section 13
141
Section 14
146
Section 15
160
Section 16
162
Section 17
163
Section 18
170
Section 19
176
Section 20
184
Section 21
201
Section 30
307
Section 31
316
Section 32
356
Section 33
358
Section 34
364
Section 35
369
Section 36
370
Section 37
377
Section 38
378
Section 39
379
Section 40
383
Section 41
385
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About the author (2000)

Richard Ellis is the author of ten previous books, including The Book of Whales, Dolphins and Porpoises, The Book of Sharks, Men and Whales, Monsters of the Sea, Great White Shark (with John McCosker), Deep Atlantic, Imagining Atlantis, and The Search for the Giant Squid.

He is also a celebrated marine artist whose paintings have been exhibited in museums and galleries around the world. He has written and illustrated articles for numerous magazines, including Audubon, National Geographic, Discover, and Scientific American. He lives in New York City.

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