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The orca is one of Earth's most intelligent animals. Remarkably sophisticated, they have languages and cultures and even long-term memories. Their capacity for echolocation is nothing short of a sixth sense. Despite their label as 'killer whales' they are often benign and gentle, which makes the story of the captive-orca industry and the endangerment of their population around the world that much more tragic.
In Of Orcas and Men, David Neiwert provides a compelling mix of cultural history, environmental reporting and scientific research on a majestic species. He explores the sometimes fraught relationship between this extraordinary animal and human beings, both in the wild and in captivity.
David Neiwert's book is a triumph of reporting, observation and research, and a powerful tribute to one of the animal kingdom's most remarkable members.
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By John E Randall. Hardback, 3.08kg, 280mm x 225mm, 707 pages, full colour photographs. Published 2005.
Features 2,018 colour illustrations of the fishes of New Caledonia, the Loyalty Islands, the southern Gilbert Islands (Kiribati), Tuvalu, Fiji, the Wallis Islands, Tonga, Samoa, American Samoa, the Tokelau Islands, the Phoenix Islands, the Cook Islands, the Austral Islands, Rapa, the Society Islands, the Tuamoto Archipelago, the Marquesas Islands, and the Pitcairn Islands.
Compiled for divers and those fishing in the region, this comprehensive reference describes the many thousands of fish species of the shore area (to a depth of 200 metres) of the islands of Oceania (below the equator to 27 degrees south, and excluding Easter Island, the Solomon Islands, and Vanuatu). Superb colour photos depict most species in their habitats; some are of preserved specimens. A description of the genus precedes description of each species, including a note of the original publication and author responsible for identification.
The author is the senior ichthyologist at Bishop Museum in Honolulu and a world authority with an extensive publication record, including a similar guide to the fishes of the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea.
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For all divers and snorkellers, the vivid marine life of the Indo Pacific Region is shown in all its astonishing detail in this handy, pocket-sized identification guide.
Over 270 species of fish, reptiles, marine mammals and invertebrates are depicted in spectacular photography, accompanied by concise details of size, depth range, and distribution. Precise descriptions of biology and behaviour of each species is also included.
This is a great introduction to the amazing life within the oceans of this region.
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The coral reefs in the Indo-Pacific are bursting with marine life and are home to more animal species than any other diving spot in the world - more than 40% of all coral reef fishes known worldwide. Added to this, the waters are crystal-clear, giving the best chance of viewing the incredible species diversity.
The Indo-pacific is the dream destination for all divers and snorkellers and this book covers:
This perfect guide to life among coral reefs includes identifying marks, size, biology and distribution for over 800 species. Fishes, invertebrates, reptiles and sea animals. Top quality photos of each species with juvenile, sub-adult and colour variants.
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Most New Zealanders live within 50 kilometres of the coast and our lives are interwoven with the big blue backyard that we all share. A backyard in constant change, shimmering, restless, alive. A riot of underwater colour, light, reflection and movement.
This important, landmark book examines the connection we all have to the sea, our responsibilities, and the need to protect and preserve our seas and foreshore in their natural state.
Each chapter contains features about outstanding plants, birds, fish, mammals, invertebrates and crustaceans as well as interviews and items of interest about people associated with marine conservation—divers, underwater camera operators, marine biologists, Experiencing Marine Reserves (EMR) people, including young folks who have had recent marine encounters.
From New Zealand's most distant marine reserves (the Kermadecs and the Auckland Islands) to the Poor Knights, and from the five reserves of the Hauraki Marine Park to the ten reserves of Fiordland, this book also covers New Zealand's marine animals and their unique environments. It's a fascinating tale, with stories of conger eels prowl for sleeping fish, mass gatherings of fish, tropical turtles, the snatch-and-grab habits of gannets and much, much more.
Our Big Blue Backyard is based on a six-episode television series made by Natural History New Zealand and which is to be screened on TVNZ in late 2014 but it goes much further than the six episodes go. This entertaining, beautiful and engaging book about our little-known backyard oceans, the place where the world's largest marine predators and weirdest fish live, covers a wide variety of life from the sub-tropical seas to the sub-Antarctic oceans. It makes a significant contribution to our understanding of the sometimes contested waters that surround us.
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Hundreds of breathtaking photographs, historical pictures, astonishing facts and informative illustrations - plus a special section detailing every species known in the New Zealand waters - bring the whales and dolphins of the South pacific to life.
This book is a journey into the world of the cetaceans, in particular the world of the 42-45 species and sub species that inhabit the New Zealand waters. It plunges into their ocean home, and goes back millions of years to a time when the ancestors of the whales were four-legged, hoofed creatures living on the edge of a tropical sea.
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Explore, discover and identify every known species of New Zealand fish in this encyclopaedic and beautifully illustrated guide.
The Fishes of New Zealand represents the culmination of decades of collecting and taxonomic research by scientists based at New Zealand’s national museum, Te Papa, in collaboration with specialists worldwide. It reveals the history, diversity, and biogeography of the region’s rich freshwater and ocean life across New Zealand’s vast aquatic environments.
Comprising thorough and accessible descriptions of each of the more than 1250 species found in New Zealand waters, this essential four-volume book introduces many newly discovered and identified specimens, and over 140 species new to the area. Each species features diagnostic, taxonomic, distribution and biological detail, accompanied by richly produced photographs, maps, and illustrations.
An indispensable reference for researchers, conservationists, professional and recreational fishers, and anyone interested in the unique aquatic biodiversity of Aotearoa New Zealand.
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Kahawai means ‘strong in the water’. Long sought after by Maori, these beautiful, fighting fish are second only to snapper as New Zealand’s most caught recreational fish species. You can still readily catch kahawai from the shore and at tidal river mouths, with a bag limit of 20 fish and no minimum size, while out on the water ‘work-ups’, the feeding frenzies where huge numbers of these fish go wild chasing prey, are legend among fishers.
Kahawai. The People's Fish is Gerard Hindmarsh’s celebration of this often under-appreciated fish. With history, information on biology and behaviour, plenty of fishing stories, vital tips on how best to catch them and details on how to prepare them for eating and smoking. Kahawai deserves a better reputation as an eating fish, as prepared properly, it is delicious. The 30 recipes included in this book cover everything from using smoked kahawai, through to how to prepare risottos and fish cakes.
This is the complete guide for all New Zealand fishers, boaties, foodies and anyone else who appreciates and treasures our marine environment.
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PHOTOGRAPHIC GUIDE TO THE SEA FISHES OF NEW ZEALAND,
By Wade Doak. Pbk, 95mm x 190mm, 140 pages, full colour photographs.
The author is well known in New Zealand for his illustrated books on diving, marine life and underwater photography, and is widely regarded for his interest in natural history and the preservation of species.
This book contains accurate, full colour photographs of 117 species. Each has an authoritative text describing the key identification features of the fish.
The book is in a handy pocket-size and format, is easy to use for reference and will make a very useful addition to the personal library of anyone interested in finding out more about the ecology of New Zealand's seashore and coastal waters.
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Importantly, Dolphins of Aotearoa summarises the work of the dedicated researchers and scientists who, over recent decades, have learnt so much about our dolphins, and whose research has given, and driven, the conservation message for these deserving and much loved creatures.
Extensively researched and lavishly illustrated with historic and contemporary photographs, incorporating a guide to all of the resident dolphin species of New Zealand, this is an important and much needed addition to the literature of these wonderful marine animals.
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Sea Fishes of the Mediterranean reveals the fascinating wealth of sea life found in this diverse but little-documented region. This compact and easy-to-use guide, illustrated with many specially-commissioned colour photographs taken in a number of unique and exotic locations, is an essential companion for anyone interested in the marine life of the many seas that make up the Mediterranean Sea. Designed to be of practical use to divers, snorkelers and underwater photographers, this guide will be welcomed by the increasing number of visitors to the Mediterranean, which has become one of the most popular dive destinations in the world. It covers Gibraltar, Spain, France, Monaco, Corsica, Sardinia, Italy, Malta, Croatia, Greece, Crete, Cyprus, Turkey, Syria, Lebanon, Israel, Egypt, Libya, Tunisia, Algeria and Morocco.
Lawson Wood is an award-winning underwater photographer and author. Well respected in international diving circles, he is the founder of the first marine nature reserve in his native Scotland and a founder member of the Marine Conservation Society.
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There are more than thirty thousand species of fish—more than all mammals, birds, reptiles, and amphibians combined. But for all their breathtaking diversity and beauty, we rarely consider how fish think, feel, and behave. In What a Fish Knows, ethologist Jonathan Balcombe takes us under the sea and to the other side of the aquarium glass to reveal what fishes can do, how they do it, and why
Introducing the latest revelations in animal behaviour and biology, Balcombe upends our assumptions about fish, exposing them not as unfeeling, dead-eyed creatures but as sentient, aware, social—even Machiavellian. They conduct elaborate courtship rituals and develop lifelong bonds with shoal-mates. They also plan, hunt cooperatively, use tools, punish wrongdoers, curry favour, and deceive one another. Fish possess sophisticated senses that rival our own. The reef-dwelling damselfish identifies its brethren by face patterns visible only in ultraviolet light, and some species communicate among themselves in murky waters using electric signals. Highlighting these breakthrough discoveries and others from his own encounters with fish, Balcombe inspires a more enlightened appraisal of marine life.
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