The ocean almanac

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Doubleday, Jan 17, 1984 - Fiction - 446 pages
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Of course itʼs impossible to contain the ocean in a book, but The Ocean Almanac comes very near to doing just that. This entertaining, informative almanac offers essays, anecdotes, facts and legends, all pertaining to the earthʼs oceans: life in the seven seas, from the humble plankton (the absolute bottom of the food chain and hence the basis of all life on earth) to the mighty blue whale (the largest creature ever to live on the planet); sea monsters, from Jonahʼs ʺgreat fishʺ to Moby Dick; sailorsʼ superstitions (never carry a black seabag; always board a ship right foot first); great ships and seamen, from the fifteenth-century voyages of discovery to contemporary naval commanders; pirates, buccaneers, mutineers and other seafaring outcasts; the riches of the sea, from tuna to petroleum; great sea disasters; ocean and beach sports; seafood recipes; and virtually everything else that one could want to know about the oceans of the world, the creatures who inhabit them and the people who tap their riches.

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Robert Hendrickson is the author of several critically acclaimed works on the English language, including Human Words, American Talk: The Words and Ways of American Dialects; The Facts on File Encyclopedia of Word and Phrase Origins; and Facts on File Dictionary of American Regionalisms. He is also the author of several celebrated works on American literature and the Civil War. He lives in Peconic, New York.

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