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Written by Te Papa shell experts, this accessible introduction describes over 160 aquatic and terrestrial shell-bearing molluscs, from chitons and mussels to snails and limpets, with detailed illustrations and insights into the museum's fieldwork and collections.
NZ$27.00 + delivery.
Dive into the wondrous world of water and discover the stories of more than 100 incredible aquatic lifeforms.
From the deepest, widest ocean to the tiniest puddle, this beautiful compendium takes readers on an enthralling journey through the aquatic world, meeting amazing animals, ingenious plants, and much more along the way.
Stunning photography and gorgeous illustrations complement storybook descriptions about each lifeform.
The ideal book for either children or adults to uncover hundreds of fascinating facts.
Did you know that elephant seals that can hold their breath underwater for more than an hour, or that the Victoria Amazonica water lily can support the weight of an adult, or that the brown basilisk reptile can run across water?
Discover the science of how plants have learnt to live, feed, and breathe in water, and take a look at the unique challenges of distinct ecosystems on feature spreads about rivers, lakes, wetlands, and more. From sharks and sailfish, to bulrushes and beetles, there's something for everyone in this celebration of all things aquatic.
NZ$55.00 + delivery.
A landmark, inspiring book showing that the best way to protect our seas is to stand back and let nature repair the damage, from the Co-founder of Blue Marine Foundation and one of the leading figures in marine conservation.
NZ$45.00 + delivery.
Perhaps the closest a human being comes to visiting another planet is to descend into the sea.
In Soundings, Kennedy Warne connects his lifelong exploration of the underwater world with a global story of humanity’s relationship with the sea.
Drawing on more than 20 years of fieldwork for National Geographic, he shares experiences that range from diving with harp seals under the sea ice of the Gulf of St Lawrence to following the legendary ‘sardine run’ along South Africa’s Wild Coast; from watching turret-building ghost crabs in Arabia to witnessing the impact of dynamite fishing in the Philippines; from swimming with crocodiles in the Okavango Delta to finding seahorses on the Eastern Cape.
From myriad underwater encounters a wider conversation emerges about human engagement with the sea. One question dominates: How can we care for and reconnect with the oceans around us?
NZ$40.00 + delivery.
The geographic diversity of New Zealand’s 14,000 kilometres of coastline supports a wide range of marine species all of which is photographed
and described in this book.
Sally Carson’s text is packed with information on endemic and introduced species, including sponges, anemones, sea stars, shrimps and crabs, barnacles, paua, mussels, oysters, fish and seaweed, while each species has been photographed by Rod Morris.
This is the most up-to-date and comprehensive guide available on New Zealand's seashore. For any New Zealander who wants to explore our unique coastline, this is an essential handbook.
NZ$50.00 + delivery.
Can you tell a skink from a gecko? Is that a kea or a kaka? Can you spot the difference between a northern rata and a pohutukawa?
This “101 Guide” is designed to help readers better understand New Zealand’s natural history.
Written in a straightforward style, Danenhauer explains why the country is unique but also how the arrival of people has dramatically impacted on the environment. With over 300 images, tables, and text boxes readers can learn about and explore the natural wonders of this amazing country.
NZ$45.00 + 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$25.00 + 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.
NZ$30.00 + delivery.
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.
NZ$30.00 + 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.
The essential field guide to the wildlife of New Zealand.(br)
New Zealand is home to an amazing and distinctive flora and fauna, most of it found only in this country.
This fully revised field guide covers most of the birds, mammals and reptiles that you are likely to see, as well as a good selection of invertebrates and a large number of trees, shrubs and other plants.
Accompanied by hundreds of colour photographs, the succinct species descriptions contain information on identification, distribution and biology.
A useful introductory section covers New Zealand’s main habitats as well as key geological features, including the extensive thermal and volcanic region in the central North Island.
Maps, places to visit and a list of national parks, as well as a comprehensive index, make this an indispensable travelling companion.
NZ$50.00 + 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.
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$30.00 + delivery.
NZ$28.00 + delivery.
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$85.00 + Delivery
The Earthshot concept is simple: Urgency + Optimism = Action. We have ten years to turn the tide on the environmental crisis, but we need the world’s best solutions and one shared goal – to save our planet.
It’s not too late, but we need collective action now. The Earthshots are unifying, ambitious goals for our planet which, if achieved by 2030,
will improve life for all of us, for the rest of life on Earth, and for generations to come.
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EARTHSHOT: HOW TO SAVE OUR PLANET is the first definitive book about how these goals can tackle the environmental crisis, from rainforests to coral reefs, via wilderness, cities and in our own homes. It is a critical contribution to the most important story of the decade.
NZ$42.00 + delivery.