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Craig Foster and Ross Frylinck regularly dive together in the awe-inspiring kelp forests off South Africa, without wetsuits or oxygen tanks. Craig had dived this way for years, including alongside the octopus that inspired My Octopus Teacher. In Ross, he found a kindred spirit, someone who also embraced the ancient methods of acclimating his body to frigid waters, but whose eyes had not yet adjusted to the transcendent wonder Craig saw each time they dove.
In the heart-wrenching stories that make up this unforgettable book, we swim alongside Ross as he grows from sceptic to student of the underwater wild. And in the revelatory marine science behind the stunning photos, we learn how to track sea hares, cuttlefish and limpets, and we witness strange new behaviours never before documented in marine biology. We realise that a whole world of wonder, and an innate wildness within us all, emerges anew when we simply observe.
Craig Foster is one of the world’s leading natural history filmmakers and co-founder of the Sea Change Project. His Academy Award–winning film, My Octopus Teacher, follows the story of his year with a wild octopus
NZ$75.00 + delivery.
True Tales of Exploring the Deep Sea, Discovering Hidden Life and Selling the Seabed
A golden era of deep-sea discovery is underway as revolutionary studies rewrite the very notion of life on Earth and the rules of what is possible. In the process, the abyss is being revealed as perhaps the most amazing part of our planet, its topography even more varied and extreme than its landmass counterpart.
Teeming with unsuspected life, an extraordinary, interconnected ecosystem deep below the waves has a huge effect on our daily lives, influencing climate and weather systems, with the potential for much more—good or bad, depending on how it is exploited. Currently, the fantastic creatures that live in the deep—many of them incandescent in a world without light—and its formations capture and trap vast quantities of carbon that would otherwise poison our atmosphere, and novel bacteria as yet undiscovered hold the promise of potent new medicines. Yet the deep also holds huge mineral riches lusted after by nations and corporations; mining them could ultimately devastate the planet, compounded by the deepening impacts of ubiquitous pollutants and rampant overfishing.
The author of brings to life the majesty and mystery of an alien realm that nonetheless sustains us, while urgently making clear the price we could pay if it is further disrupted.
The Brilliant Abyss is at once a revelation and a clarion call to preserve this vast unseen world.
NZ$40.00 + delivery.
Sea foam, ambergris, giant squid, stranded whales, seaweed, shells, plastic, dead birds, shoes and pieces of planes or rockets … Beaches are our windows to the ocean, and the objects we find on them tell stories about life, death and dynamic processes in the sea.
Beachcombing looks at waves and tides, the connectivity of Southern Hemisphere coastlines, and the life cycles of marine plants and animals. It will help you understand the objects and organisms you find on beaches, and the intriguing reasons they have come to be there.
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A beautifully illustrated little book that will open your eyes at the seaside.
Seaweed is so familiar and yet its names - pepper dulse, sea lettuce, bladderwrack - are largely unknown to us.
In this short, exquisitely illustrated portrait, the Dutch poet and artist Miek Zwamborn shares her discoveries of its history, culture and use, from the Neolithic people of the Orkney Islands to sushi artisans in modern Japan. Seaweed troubled Columbus on his voyages across the Atlantic, intrigued von Humboldt in the Sargasso Sea and inspired artists from Hokusai to Matisse. Covering seaweed's collection by Victorians, its adoption into fashion and dance and its potential for combating climate change, and with a fabulous series of recipes based around the 'truffles of the sea', this is a wonderful gift for every nature lover's home.
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Astounding photography reveals an abundance of life, from microscopic plankton to great whales, seaweed to starfish.
Published in association with the Natural History Museum, the book explores every corner of the oceans, from coral reefs and mangrove swamps to deep ocean trenches. Along the way, and with the help of clear, simple illustrations, it explains how life has adapted to the marine environment, revealing for example how a stonefish delivers its lethal venom and how a sponge sustains itself by sifting food from passing currents.
It also examines the physical forces and processes that shape the oceans, from global circulation systems and tides to undersea volcanoes and tsunamis.
An informative and utterly beautiful introduction to marine life and the ocean environment, The Science of the Ocean brings the riches of the underwater world alive and onto the printed page.
NZ$75.00 + delivery.
Tui De Roy grew up in Galapagos and, discovering photography at an early age, she spent five decades documenting every facet of its natural history, in the process creating a unique collection of images
Featuring hundreds of breathtaking photographs, this stunning book guides you into misty cloud forests to glimpse flycatchers and orchids, up volcanic cones to commune with giant tortoises, and into the sea to swim among hammerhead sharks, Galapagos penguins and marine iguanas.
De Roy’s lens provides up-close encounters with many of the islands’ inhabitants, including extraordinary birdlife and unique reptiles. She paints unforgettable portraits of her childhood in Galapagos, the islands at night under the stars of the Milky Way, sea lions at play and on the hunt and much more.
Blending striking images with vivid prose, A Lifetime in Galapagos also discusses the threats that climate change and other environmental challenges pose to the archipelago’s unique wildlife and fragile habitats.
NZ$60.00 + delivery.
A guide to the wildlife and natural history of the vast, beautiful Antarctic region with illustrations of the various region's birds and marine mammals. Colour photos; includes distribution maps and species accounts detailing abundance, seasonal status, and conservation prospects.
Packed with more than 920 Photographs, 128 maps and 35 Colour Plates, illustrating all of the birds and mammals of the region.
Completely revised and redesigned from the first Edition (published 2002), this edition includes 32 extra pages, updated text and over 300 new Photographs.
The detailed species accounts covers 218 species of Birds and 49 species of mammals, including information on many non-breeders, migrants and vagrants.
Covers all Sub Antarctic islands as well as Antarctica's regularly visited areas.
The most authorative guide to the region's wildlife.
NZ$95.00 + delivery.
This fully revised edition of the first ever photographic identification guide to New Zealand’s unique marine algae is by the country’s pre-eminent seaweed expert,
Dr Wendy Nelson.
This book describes over 150 genera and 250 key species across three main sections covering green, brown and red algae. Each species entry includes up-to-date information on nomenclature, type locality, morphology, habitat and distribution and gives notes on identification and key characters.
There are over 500 illustrations, and each entry is illustrated by either underwater or coastal photographs, supplemented by herbarium scans, microscopic photographs or reproductions of the paintings of celebrated botanical artist Nancy Adams.
Dr Wendy Nelson is a Professor of Biological Sciences at the University of Auckland and Principal Scientist – Marine Biology at the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research
NZ$65.00 + delivery.
Packed with information on endemic and introduced species, including anemones, sea stars, crabs, barnacles, paua, mussels, clams, oysters - this is New Zealand's most comprehensive and up to date guide to our unique and fascinating seashore.
Designed as a companion for seashore excursions, this guide encourages a closer look at the community living between the tides. The in-situ photographs not only assist with identification of species but also highlights behaviours that help these creatures survive, both in and out of the water.
The essential guide to New Zealand's inter-tidal wilderness - for every bach, boat, glovebox and home library.
NZ$45.00 + delivery.
When author Julian Fitter first visited New Zealand he was amazed at the number of field guides to birds, plants, insects, marine life and to specific locations – alpine, forest, seashore. But for those not wanting to cart around a library-shelf of books there was no single volume that described the major and most interesting species. As author of a field guide to the Galapagos, he set about compiling such a book for New Zealand. The result is a small format, full colour guidebook packed with information on all the species that either are most important or most obvious to those touring the country. Covers birds, insects, reptiles, marine mammals, land mammals, trees and shrubs, vines and epiphytes, herbs, ferns, grasses, mosses and lichens as well as a brief survey of New Zealand’s varied habitats and geological history, including major geothermal areas.
Over 600 species, (with 700 photographs) are described in detail, with accompanying information on habitat and a full colour photograph, and organised in such as way as to make identification as easy as possible.
NZ$50.00 + delivery.
Over 190 trees, shrubs, herbs, ferns, mushrooms, lichens and seaweeds are described in detail with information on which part is edible and when, how plants have been utilised (particularly by Maori), their nutritional value, and where they can be found.
Also describes important poisonous plants that are native to New Zealand or are likely to be confused with edible plants.
Illustrated with line drawings and colour photographs, this informative book will be of interest to trampers, botanists and all who appreciate New Zealand's native flora.
NZ$35.00 + delivery.
Weaving interviews with leading experts on animal behaviour with the groundbreaking discoveries of Nobel-Prize winning neuroscientists, Barrie shines a light on the astounding skills of animals of every stripe. Dung beetles that steer by the light of the Milky Way. Ants and bees that navigate using patterns of light invisible to humans. Sea turtles, spiny lobsters and moths that find their way using the Earth’s magnetic field. Salmon that return to their birthplace by following their noses. Baleen whales that swim thousands of miles while holding a rock-steady course and birds that can locate their nests on a tiny island after crisscrossing an entire ocean. There’s a stunning diversity of animal navigators out there, often using senses and skills we humans don’t have access to ourselves. For the first time, Incredible Journeys reveals the wonders of these animals in a whole new light.
NZ$30.00 + delivery.
With Hugh Aldersey-Williams as our guide, chasing the most feared and celebrated tides around the world, from the original maelstrom in Scandinavia and today's danger-zone in Venice to the 15-metre beasts in Canada, for the first time its effects on our civilization become startlingly clear.
NZ$35.00 + delivery.
By Tom ' The Blowfish' Hird. 130mm x 200mm, 292 pages, colour Photographs. Paperback Edition Published 2018. 0.30kg.
A fascinating and fun-filled book of extraordinary facts about the oceans, seas and waterways of our world.
The seas of our planet cover more than seventy percent of the Earth, but still remain shrouded in mystery. We know more about the surface of the Moon than we do about the lifeforms that have existed in the Earth's oceans since long before humans became explorers of the deep.
One such explorer is 'Blowfish', a marine biologist. In this entertaining and enlightening new book, he lifts the lid on a treasure chest of fascinating facts to reveal what lurks beneath the waves. From the invisible world of meiofauna living in the sands of our beaches to a cephalopod called the 'Vampire Squid from Hell' stalking the lightless depths, Blowfish takes us on an astonishing journey as he follows the tides and currents from shoreline to the bone-crushing pressure of the deep sea.
For the simply curious and the budding scientist alike, Blowfish's Oceanopaedia is a one-stop guide to all we know about our oceans and the weird and wonderful creatures that inhabit them.
About the Author : Tom 'The Blowfish' Hird is a heavy-metal-loving marine biologist, who know almost everything there is to know about the World's ocean ecosystems. He is an ardent marine conservationist, a PADI Divemaster and BASC Dive Leader with over 18 years scuba diving experience.
NZ$28.00 + delivery.
Fewer people have been to the deepest part of the ocean than have been to the moon. Even now, the vast majority of this wilderness - which covers over 70% of the planet and forms its largest ecosystem - has never been seen by human eyes, let alone explored or investigated by scientists. Yet our oceans contain perhaps 90% of all life, and the physical and biological processes within it are critical to supporting our existence on Earth.
Professor Alex Rogers has spent the past 30 years studying life in the deep ocean. In this book, he takes us on an epic and utterly unforgettable voyage to an alien world, and brings us right to the edge of what is known about our oceans today. Introducing us to glittering coral gardens, submarine mountains and a range of bizarre and breathtaking sea creatures, many of which he discovered first-hand.
Rogers not only illustrates the ocean's enormous and untold impact on our lives, but also shows how we are damaging it catastrophically through pollution, overfishing, and the insidious and global effects of climate change.
A dazzling account of the wonders that lie beneath the ocean's surface, and an empowering vision of how we can protect them.
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These include several carnivores, rodents, and various hoofed mammals from Europe and North America, as well as several marsupials from Australia. Many are unwelcome: some have decimated native birds and reptiles, while others attack the bush; but all are now there to stay and are worthy of study for their interesting habits and ecological impact. In addition to these land mammals are more than two dozen native species of marine mammal, including dolphins and whales.
Compact and easy to use format. The ideal pocket companion.
NZ$28.00 + delivery.
This is an absolutely stunning book
NZ$77.00 + Delivery
The state of New Zealand’s freshwater has become a pressing public issue in recent years. From across the political spectrum, concern is growing about the pollution of New Zealand’s rivers and streams. We all know they need fixing. But how do we do it?
Leading ecologist Mike Joy teams up with thinkers from all walks of life to consider how we can solve New Zealand’s freshwater crisis. The book covers a wide range of topics, including food production, public health, economics and Maori narratives of water.
Mountains to Sea offers new perspectives on this urgent problem.
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