• Guide to the Manta & Devil Rays of the World
  • Jellyfish
  • Handbook of Whales, Dolphins and Porpoises
  • Deadly Oceans
  • How to Think Like a Fish
  • Diving With Sharks
  • Spying On Whales
  • Of Orcas and Men
  • Tropical Marine Life of the Indo-Pacific Region
  • Reef Fishes of the Indo-Pacific
  • Whales and Dolphins of Aotearoa
  • Know Your New Zealand Fishes
  • Photographic Guide to the Sea Fishes of New Zealand
  • Reef and Shore Fishes of the South Pacific
  • Coral Reef Fishes
  • Reef Creature Identification Tropical Pacific
  • Reef Fish Identification Tropical Pacific
  • Whales Dolphins and Seals
  • Close Encounters With Marine Life
  • Wellington Down Under

  • Buy on line using our secure pages, by clicking on the buttons below each review

    If you have any questions or want a quote for delivery email us.

    By Guy Stevens et al. Softback, 0.45kg, 170mm x 215mm, 144 pages. Colour Photos and Drawings. Published 2020

    Manta and devil rays are some of the most intriguing creatures in the ocean. Driven forward by powerful beats of wing-like pectoral fins, these filter feeders search the waters for prey, their horn-like head fins giving rise to ancient mariners’ tales of fearsome devilfish dragging boats into the ocean depths.

    Guide to the Manta and Devil Rays of the World includes detailed information on the identification, characteristics, threats, and distribution for each species in this family. Illustrated with more than 200 color photos, drawings, and plates, this guide also contains an expansive introduction to the general taxonomy, biology, and behavior of these iconic animals.

    NZ$40.00 + Delivery

    Add to Shopping Cart

    By Lisa-Ann Gershwin. Hardback, 215mm x 248mm, 224 pages, colour Photographs. Published 2016. 1.07kg.
    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.

    Lisa-ann Gershwin (Tasmania, AUS) is director of the Australian Marine Stinger Advisory Services. She was awarded a Fulbright scholarship in 1998 for her studies on jellyfish blooms and evolution. She has discovered over 190 new jellyfish species, as well as a new species of dolphin.

    NZ$45.00 + delivery.

    Add to Shopping Cart

    By Mark Carwardine. Hardback, 1.40kg, 160mm x 240mm, 528 pages. Published 2020

    From the blue whale to the Indo-Pacific finless porpoise, this handbook is the most comprehensive, authoritative and up-to-date reference to each of the world's 90 species of cetaceans.

    With more than 1,000 meticulous and specially commissioned illustrations – complete with flukes, blows and dive sequences – it includes detailed annotations pointing out significant field marks, as well as extensive distribution and migration maps. Many of the world's most respected whale biologists have collaborated on the text, helping to provide the ultimate guide to the identification, distribution, behaviour, life history and conservation of every species and subspecies of whale, dolphin and porpoise.

    An indispensable resource for anyone interested in these truly spectacular animals.

    NZ$70.00 + Delivery

    Add to Shopping Cart

    By Nick and Caroline Robertson-Brown. Flexiback, 0.63kg, 170mm x 175mm, 319 pages. Published 2017

    The world’s oceans are filled with an array of venomous and toxic marine critters, not to mention a whole host of apex carnivores. Join ace divers and photographers Nick and Caroline Robertson-Brown as they tour the world in search of the 50 deadliest sea creatures.

    Each entry includes stunning images by the photographers, together with a concise and captivating description of its deadly capabilities, along with facts such as where it can be found, making this the perfect book for everyone from divers and armchair naturalists to schoolchildren with a morbid fascination for the world’s most dangerous creatures.

    NZ$25.00 + Delivery

    Add to Shopping Cart

    By Jeremy Wade. Paperback, 0.24kg, 130mm x 200mm, 260 pages. Published 2020

    Jeremy Wade has caught an unparalled array of outsize and outlandish fish from challenging locations all over the World - Goliath Tigerfish, Arapaima and the Giant Devil Catfish....
    As a consequence, people have asked him how they can improve their own fishing results. This is his reply..
    Its about the simple, fundamental principles.
    Thoughtful and funny, brimming with wisdom and adventure. A Book for all anglers, novice and old hand.

    NZ$30.00 + Delivery

    Add to Shopping Cart

    By Nigel Marsh. Hardback, 0.89kg, 210mm x 240mm, 208 pages. Published 2017

    The prospect of amazing encounters with Great Whites, Tiger Sharks, Whale Sharks, Hammerheads and many other shark species mean that each year more and more divers are heading underwater to swim with these magnificent and misunderstood predators at hot-spots all over the world, from Australia, South Africa, the USA and Mexico, to Fiji, the Red Sea, the UK and the Bahamas.

    This book is a complete guide for divers seeking sharks, and for everyone interested in these incredible creatures. It includes an in-depth introduction followed by comprehensive coverage of all the shark families and species that could be encountered, including many of the lesser-known sharks, with details of biology, behaviour and where to find them. There is also a listing of the best shark diving hot-spots from around the world.

    With more than 500 known species of sharks, and more being discovered every year, Diving With Sharks is the ultimate guide book for anyone wanting to learn more about these incredible creatures of the deep and also where to see them, up close and personal.

    NZ$45.00 + Delivery

    Add to Shopping Cart

    By Nick Pyenson. Paperback, 0.30kg, 130mm x 195mm, 322 pages. Published 2019.

    Why did it take whales over 50 million years to evolve to such immense sizes, and how do they eat enough to stay that big? How did their ancestors move from Land to Sea? Despite centuries of observing Whales, we know little about their evolutionary past.

    In this remarkable new book, the Smithsonian’s star palaeontologist Nick Pyenson takes us to the ends of the earth and to the cutting edge of whale research as he searches for the answers to some of our biggest questions about these graceful giants. His rich storytelling takes us deep inside the Smithsonian’s unparalleled fossil collection, to frigid Antarctic waters, and to the arid desert of Chile, where scientists race against time to document the largest fossil whalebone site on earth.

    Spying on Whales is an illuminating story of scientific discovery that brings us all closer to the most enigmatic and beloved animals of all time.

    NZ$28.00 + Delivery

    Add to Shopping Cart

    By David Neiwert. Paperback, 0.30kg, 130mm x 195mm, 305 pages. Published 2017 in this edition.

    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.

    NZ$25.00 + Delivery

    Add to Shopping Cart

    By Matthias Bergbauer and Manuela Kirschner. Paperback, 0.44kg, 130mm x 192mm, 223 pages, Full colour photographs. Published 2014.

    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.

    Areas covered:

  • Red Sea,Indian Ocean, Maldives, Sri lanka, Thailand,
  • Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia. Philippines, Australia
  • Micronesia, Melanesia, Polynesia

    This is a great introduction to the amazing life within the oceans of this region.

    NZ$40.00 + Delivery

    Add to Shopping Cart

    By Matthias Bergbauer and Manuela Kirschner. Paperback, 0.86kg, 148mm x 210mm, 352 pages, Full colour photographs. Published 2014.

    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:

  • Mauritius, Seychelles, Maldives, Sri Lanka, Thailand
  • Malaysia,Singapore, Indonesia, Philippines
  • Australia, Micronesia, Melanesia, Polynesia

    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.

    NZ$50.00 + Delivery

    Add to Shopping Cart

    By Barbara Todd. Paperback, 1.15kg, 210mm x 270mm, 292 pages, Full colour and black & White photographs, line drawings and some maps. Published by Te Papa Press 2014.
    Marine mammal expert Barbara Todd uses a powerful combination of science and culture to explore whales' incredible diversity, biology, and adaption to life in the oceans.. Stories about people whose lives have been inextricably linked with whales - including legendary Maori whale riders, international scientists, conservationists, and former whalers - reveal our changing relationship with these majestic and beautiful creatures.

    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.

    NZ$50.00 + Delivery

    Add to Shopping Cart

    By Jenny & Tony Enderby. Paperback, 0.4kg, 152mm x 216mm, 176 pages, full colour photos.
    New Zealand's seas and freshwater habitats are home to more than 1100 known fish species, with scientists regularly adding new discoveries to the tally. Whether you like to fish, snorkel, dive or swim off the beaches and lake shores, or you simply have a personal interest in aquatic life, you'll welcome this fact-packed book. Featuring fishes of the rocky and sandy shores, reefs and open water, as well as some of the unusual species that wash in on tropical currents, not to mention representatives from rivers and lakes.
    Know Your New Zealand Fishes describes more than 80 of the country's best-known or most significant species.
    Each entry includes:

  • text on distribution,
  • appearance, behaviour, diet and breeding habits
  • spectacular colour photography of the fish in its natural environment
  • sub-entries, where applicable, of similar or related species

    NZ$40.00 + Delivery

    Add to Shopping Cart

    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.

    NZ$28.00 + delivery.

    Add to Shopping Cart

    New Caledonia to Tahiti and the Pitcairn Islands.

    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.

    NZ$245.00 + Delivery

    Add to Shopping Cart

    CORAL REEF FISHES, Indo-Pacific and Caribbean.
    By Ewald Lieske and Robert Myers. Pbk, 115mm x 190mm, 400 pages, full colour illustrations.

  • Concise yet comprehensive guide to all fishes found in or near coral reefs to a depth of 60 meters
  • Expanded edition covering 2,118 species of coral reef fishes, including 44 new species
  • More than 2,500 colour illustrations depicting the major forms of each species, including sex, age and geographical variations
  • Accessible text providing information on the coral reef environment, habitats, ecology, social interactions, conservation, and dangerous marine fishes
  • Detailed pointers for identifying fish

    NZ$60.00 + delivery.

    Add to Shopping Cart p>

    By Paul Humann & Ned Deloach. Published 2010 Flexicover, 154mm x 232mm, 500 pages, full colour photographs.
    This 500-page reference detailing 1,600 animals with 2,000 photographs and descriptive text is not only the most comprehensive visual field guide to marine invertebrate life inhabiting the waters from Thailand to Tahiti, but also a pictorial tour de force skillfully bridging science and the aesthetic. The text focuses on mobile species, highlighting crustaceans, mollusks, worms and echinoderms, however the pages include an overview of attached marine animals, and also explore facets of marine invertebrate behaviour. The guide provides a boon of information for diving photographers and underwater naturalists, and for the armchair adventurers, the brilliant gallery of images brings an unseen, unimagined world to the surface like never before.

    NZ$125.00 + delivery.

    Add to Shopping Cart

    By Gerald Allen, Roger Steene, Paul Humann & Ned Deloach. Flexicover, 1.2 kgs. 154mm x 232mm, 475 pages, full colour photographs. 2nd edition 2015.
    This books is the most comprehensive field guide ever compiled for identifying tropical Pacific fishes, with more than 2500 photographs of 2000 species taken in their natural habitats.
    Areas include Australia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Philippines, Micronesia, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, New Caledonia, Vanuatu, Fiji, Samoa, Tonga, French Polynesia and beyond.

    NZ$125.00 + delivery.

    Add to Shopping Cart

    By Hadoram Shirihai & Brett Jarrett. Paperback, 0.59 kgs, 142mm x 217mm, 384 pages, full colour photographs and drawings.
    This is the first complete guide to the world's marine mammals. It covers the field identification - including geographical, sex and age variations - of all the whales, dolphins, seals and sea cows, plus the Walrus, Polar Bear and Marine otters.
  • All 129 species illustrated with over 500 beautiful new artworks
  • easily confused species are also shown together on comparison plates
  • Over 475 stunning colour photographs
  • Informative, up-to-date species distribution maps, including viewing hotspots
  • Includes a useful guide to some of the best marine mammal watching sites

    NZ$43.00 + delivery.

    Add to Shopping Cart

    By Nigel Marsh. Softback, 0.86kg, 210mm x 220mm, 260 pages. Published 2018

    Nigel Marsh has been documenting his close encounterswith marine life for more than 40 years and in that time he has observed and photographed, (among other things), octopus mating,sharks feeding, fish fighting, seals showing off and many other incredible sights.

    Close Encounters with Marine Life details Nigel's underwater adventures with camera in hand, featuring some of his best images and many remarkable stories of his experiences with amazing marine life.

    NZ$35.00 + Delivery

    Add to Shopping Cart

    By Stephen Journee. Softback, 0.36kg, 210mm x 285mm, 72 pages. Published 2014

    Stephen Journee, a skilled diver and photographer, gives a rare insight into the world below and brings to life all the fish varieties and other forms of marine life that have made the Wellington harbour and the surrounding coastal bays their home over the centuries. From the unbelievable colour of the sea sponges, sea squirts, jewel anemones, blue and red moki, triplefins, seahorses and jellyfish, to schools of jack mackerels and spotties, to dolphins and the occasional visit by pods of orcas - all feature between these covers.

    NZ$30.00 + Delivery

    Add to Shopping Cart



    Return to Top of Page