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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
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.
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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.
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This book is a comprehensive guide to the biology, behaviour, evolution and ecology of cephalopods, with themed chapters describing the key features and skills of this group of marine animals.
Each chapter includes profiles of individual species of special interest, where you can discover additional fascinating facts, including how the mimic octopus contorts its shape to resemble other animals, how the flamboyant cuttlefish can produce bands of roving colour along its body and why the spawning ground for giant Australian cuttlefish is a site for elaborate fights between competing males.
With more than 150 stunning photographs from leading underwater photographers, a huge range of species from around the work is shown in full colour.
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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.
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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.
NZ$245.00 + Delivery
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.
NZ$40.00 + Delivery
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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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.
NZ$250.00 + Delivery
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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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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
NZ$30.00 + delivery.
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
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