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Books > Sport & Leisure > Natural history, country life & pets > Wild animals > Aquatic creatures > Sea & seashore life

Two Oceans - A Guide To The Marine Life Of Southern Africa (Paperback, 4th Edition): George Branch, Margo Branch, Lynnath... Two Oceans - A Guide To The Marine Life Of Southern Africa (Paperback, 4th Edition)
George Branch, Margo Branch, Lynnath Beckley, Charles Griffiths 4
R450 R359 Discovery Miles 3 590 Save R91 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

For over two decades Two Oceans has been the pre-eminent book to which scientists, students, divers and beachcombers turn to identify and learn about marine life, from sponges to whales and seaweeds to dune forests.

In this exuberantly colourful, fully revised fourth edition, over 2 000 species are now covered, names and other details have been updated to refl ect the latest taxonomy and many new photographs have been added.

South African Coasts - A Celebration Of Our Seas And Shores (Paperback): Sylvia A. Earle South African Coasts - A Celebration Of Our Seas And Shores (Paperback)
Sylvia A. Earle
R190 R152 Discovery Miles 1 520 Save R38 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

This book showcases the very best of the photography as judged in the Sustainable Seas Trust 2013/14 competition. The extraordinary, prize-winning photographs are accompanied by illuminating essays from leading scientists, sports people and others whose lives are intimately connected with the seas.

It also serves as a call to create a South African network of Hope Spots, which are special, people-orientated marine conservation areas.

The hope is that, with the close involvement of the communities that live near and depend on the seas, we can safeguard our natural resources.

Sea Change - Return To The Wild (Paperback): Craig Foster, Ross Frylinck Sea Change - Return To The Wild (Paperback)
Craig Foster, Ross Frylinck; Designed by Libby Doyle; Produced by Libby Doyle
R395 R295 Discovery Miles 2 950 Save R100 (25%) Pre-order

Finally available in paperback, including the story from the Netflix documentary ‘My Octopus Teacher’ and many other remarkable creatures from the great African Sea Forest.

Sea Change takes you on an evocative journey into the secret life of an almost unknown ecosystem; the beautiful kelp forest of Southern Africa. Craig and Ross spent eight years exploring this sea forest together, diving almost every day.

This is the story of what they found in the wild, and how it has transformed their lives.

How to Read a North Carolina Beach - Bubble Holes, Barking Sands, and Rippled Runnels (Paperback, New edition): William J. Neal How to Read a North Carolina Beach - Bubble Holes, Barking Sands, and Rippled Runnels (Paperback, New edition)
William J. Neal
R359 R290 Discovery Miles 2 900 Save R69 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Take a walk on the beach with three coastal experts who reveal the secrets and the science of the North Carolina shoreline. What makes sea foam? What are those tiny sand volcanoes along the waterline? You'll find the answers to these questions and dozens more in this comprehensive field guide to the state's beaches, which shows visitors how to decipher the mysteries of the beach and interpret clues to an ever-changing geological story.

Orrin Pilkey, Tracy Monegan Rice, and William Neal explore large-scale processes, such as the composition and interaction of wind, waves, and sand, as well as smaller features, such as bubble holes, drift lines, and black sands. In addition, coastal life forms large and small--from crabs and turtles to microscopic animals--are all discussed here. The concluding chapter contemplates the future of North Carolina beaches, considering the threats to their survival and assessing strategies for conservation. This indispensable beach book offers vacationers and naturalists a single source for learning to appreciate and preserve the natural features of a genuine state treasure.

The Soul of an Octopus - A Surprising Exploration Into the Wonder of Consciousness (Paperback): Sy Montgomery The Soul of an Octopus - A Surprising Exploration Into the Wonder of Consciousness (Paperback)
Sy Montgomery 1
R246 R158 Discovery Miles 1 580 Save R88 (36%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

In 2011 Sy Montgomery wrote a feature for Orion magazine entitled 'Deep Intellect' about her friendship with a sensitive, sweet-natured octopus named Athena and the grief she felt at her death. It went viral, indicating the widespread fascination with these mysterious, almost alien-like creatures. Since then Sy has practised true immersion journalism, from New England aquarium tanks to the reefs of French Polynesia and the Gulf of Mexico, pursuing these wild, solitary shape-shifters. Octopuses have varied personalities and intelligence they show in myriad ways: endless trickery to escape enclosures and get food; jetting water playfully to bounce objects like balls; and evading caretakers by using a scoop net as a trampoline and running around the floor on eight arms. But with a beak like a parrot, venom like a snake, and a tongue covered with teeth, how can such a beingknowanything? And what sort of thoughts could it think? The intelligence of dogs, birds, and chimpanzees was only recently accepted by scientists, who now are establishing the intelligence of the octopus, watching them solve problems and deciphering the meaning of their colour-changing camouflage techniques. Montgomery chronicles this growing appreciation of the octopus, but also tells a love story. By turns funny, entertaining, touching and profound, The Soul of an Octopus reveals what octopuses can teach us about consciousness and the meeting of two very different minds.

Curious Creatures on our Shores (Hardcover): Chris Thorogood Curious Creatures on our Shores (Hardcover)
Chris Thorogood 1
R403 R329 Discovery Miles 3 290 Save R74 (18%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This veritable marine treasure trove of a book is richly illustrated by the author, with fifty of the most beautiful, easily encountered, and sometimes astonishing marine organisms found on British coasts, from seemingly exotic seahorses and starfish, to peculiar sea-potatoes and sea lemons. Together, these characterful critters paint a colourful picture of life between the tides: starfish that, upon losing an arm, can grow a new one; baby sharks hatching from their fancifully named 'mermaid' purses'; ethereal moon jellyfish pulsating in the current and, on some seabeds, even coral. Beachcombing, overturning a boulder or simply parting the strands of seaweed in a rock pool offer a glimpse into a thriving underwater world of curious creatures. Inspired by the Oxford University of Natural History's exceptionally rich zoology collections, which contain millions of specimens amassed from centuries of expeditions, this book tells the story of life on the seashore.

Beachcombing in South Africa (Paperback): Rudy Van der Elst Beachcombing in South Africa (Paperback)
Rudy Van der Elst
R180 R144 Discovery Miles 1 440 Save R36 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

Anyone who spends time beside the sea knows there’s a wealth of ‘treasure’ to be found, be it natural or manufactured, living or washed up. Beachcombing in South Africa is a friendly guide to the seashore’s rich pickings.

Short chapters such as Floaters and drifters, Sea-beans, Sponges, Eggs and egg cases, and many more, detail what can be found and how to interpret or identify specimens. Items may reveal links to activities or biological events in the nearby ocean – or, perhaps, thousands of miles away. They may relate to human activities, such as fish or bird tagging, or be oceanographic instruments separated from their moorings. Or they may be part of the growing menace of otsam and jetsam from the planet’s burgeoning human population.

This book will enhance the experience of beachcombing, satisfy curiosity about finds, and contribute to a better understanding of the life in our oceans and along our shores.

Aimed at a wide audience of beach strollers, dog walkers, anglers, bird watchers and families who share a fascination with the seashore and its treasures.

Shark Bytes - Tales of Diving with the Bizarre and the Beautiful (Paperback): John Bantin Shark Bytes - Tales of Diving with the Bizarre and the Beautiful (Paperback)
John Bantin
R496 R395 Discovery Miles 3 950 Save R101 (20%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The popular image of sharks is of a dorsal fin cleaving the surface as it rushes to its next kill, but this is a limited caricature. There are over 500 species to choose from, most of whom are far more frightened of humans than vice versa. In this beautiful book, diving veteran John Bantin recounts many tales of his diving with several species of sharks and other marine animals over the last 4 decades. Accompanied by his own stunning photography, the captivating, spectacular and sometimes shocking encounters show the reader what it is like to get up close and personal to these bizarre and beautiful creatures. The sharks covered range from the great whale sharks to the small blacktip reef shark, in locations extending to all corners of the globe.

Seaweed, an Enchanting Miscellany (Hardcover): Miek Zwamborn Seaweed, an Enchanting Miscellany (Hardcover)
Miek Zwamborn; Translated by Michele Hutchison
R379 R305 Discovery Miles 3 050 Save R74 (20%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

A beautifully illustrated ode to the most sensuous family of water plants. Seaweed is so familiar, and yet we know so little about it. Even its names--pepper dulse, sea lettuce, bladderwrack--are mystifying. In this exquisitely illustrated portrait, poet and artist Miek Zwamborn shares discoveries of seaweed's history, culture, and science. We encounter its medicinal and gastronomic properties and long history of human use, from the Neolithic people of the Orkney islands to sushi artisans in modern Japan. We find seaweed troubling Columbus on his voyages across the Atlantic and intriguing Humboldt in the Sargasso Sea. We follow its inspiration for artists from Hokusai to Matisse, its collection by Victorians as pressed specimens in books, its adoption into fashion and dance, and its potential for combating climate change, as a sustainable food source and a means of reducing methane emissions in cattle. And, of course, we learn how to eat seaweed, through a fabulous series of recipes based around these "truffles of the seas."

Shallow Seas (Hardcover): Peter Hayward Shallow Seas (Hardcover)
Peter Hayward
R1,553 R1,016 Discovery Miles 10 160 Save R537 (35%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Shallow Seas are the most biologically rich and productive areas of the world ocean. This latest New Naturalist volume provides a natural history of this environment and its biological communities. The margins of the continents, especially broad in the North Atlantic region, are drowned by shallow seas, creating a sea floor environment which is part of the wider and deepening benthic realm - the ecological region at the lowest level of a body of water such as an ocean or a lake, including the sediment surface and some sub-surface layers. These `shelf seas' are the most biologically rich and productive areas of the world ocean. In his latest New Naturalist volume, Peter Hayward addresses some aspects of the natural history of the benthic environment of the shelf seas of northwest Europe and its biological communities. Away from rocky coastlines the seafloor is rather flat, often muddy, beneath turbid water with low or no visibility. Benthic faunas mostly live within the sediment of the seafloor, or are sparsely and patchily distributed upon it, and if at all motile are likely to withdraw into burrows or move quickly away on disturbance. Yet, dredges and grabs reveal an often extraordinary diversity and density of animals, suggestive of complex interacting communities. This is not a textbook of marine benthic ecology, nor is it a comprehensive review of the benthic communities of the northwest European shelf seas. Rather, it describes the natural history of some benthic habitats and associations characteristic of our region.

Cape Cod Bay - A History of Salt & Sea (Paperback): Theresa Mitchell Barbo Cape Cod Bay - A History of Salt & Sea (Paperback)
Theresa Mitchell Barbo; Foreword by Richard G Gurnon
R439 R355 Discovery Miles 3 550 Save R84 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

European explorers were captivated by the seemingly endless bounty of natural resources on Cape Cod Bay. One Englishman declared that the codfish were so thick one "could" walk on their backs. Early settlers quickly learned how to harness the bay's resources and excelled at shore whaling, shipping and salt making. But as these new industries flourished, the native Wampanoag, who helped the fledgling colony to take root, nearly vanished. Author Theresa Mitchell Barbo's skillful narrative weaves together the natural and cultural histories of the bay, highlighting some of the region's diverse milestones- from the drafting of the Mayflower Compact in 1620 to the establishment of the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant 350 years later. "Cape Cod Bay: A History of Salt & Sea" inspires new appreciation for this storied and stunning seascape, and underscores the importance of new efforts to preserve the bay's unique ecosystem.

Shallow Seas (Paperback): Peter Hayward Shallow Seas (Paperback)
Peter Hayward
R925 R629 Discovery Miles 6 290 Save R296 (32%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Shallow Seas are the most biologically rich and productive areas of the world ocean. This latest New Naturalist volume provides a natural history of this environment and its biological communities. The margins of the continents, especially broad in the North Atlantic region, are drowned by shallow seas, creating a sea floor environment which is part of the wider and deepening benthic realm - the ecological region at the lowest level of a body of water such as an ocean or a lake, including the sediment surface and some sub-surface layers. These `shelf seas' are the most biologically rich and productive areas of the world ocean. In his latest New Naturalist volume, Peter Hayward addresses some aspects of the natural history of the benthic environment of the shelf seas of northwest Europe and its biological communities. Away from rocky coastlines the seafloor is rather flat, often muddy, beneath turbid water with low or no visibility. Benthic faunas mostly live within the sediment of the seafloor, or are sparsely and patchily distributed upon it, and if at all motile are likely to withdraw into burrows or move quickly away on disturbance. Yet, dredges and grabs reveal an often extraordinary diversity and density of animals, suggestive of complex interacting communities. This is not a textbook of marine benthic ecology, nor is it a comprehensive review of the benthic communities of the northwest European shelf seas. Rather, it describes the natural history of some benthic habitats and associations characteristic of our region.

Seashore (Paperback, New ed): Rod Preston-Mafham, Ken Preston-Mafham Seashore (Paperback, New ed)
Rod Preston-Mafham, Ken Preston-Mafham
R159 R120 Discovery Miles 1 200 Save R39 (25%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

A fascinating introduction to the different habitats and creatures to be found along the coastline. With over 240 colour photographs, this is the ideal guide to take on seashore rambles. Divided into different coastline habitats for ease of use, Collins Gem Seashore is the ideal guide for families and children. Featured habitats include cliffs, rocky shores, sand dunes, saltmarsh, shingle and the strandline. The book includes full details of the many species to be found within each habitat. Introductions to seaweeds, worms, molluscs, arthopods, fish, birds and mammals, and many other shore-line inhabitants are presented in a clear, accessible manner. This portable, informative book is perfect for any excursion to the shore.

Big Pacific - Passionate, Voracious, Mysterious, Violent (Hardcover): Rebecca Tansley Big Pacific - Passionate, Voracious, Mysterious, Violent (Hardcover)
Rebecca Tansley
R695 R571 Discovery Miles 5 710 Save R124 (18%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The Pacific Ocean covers one-third of Earth's surface--more than all of the planet's landmasses combined. It contains half of the world's water, hides its deepest places, and is home to some of the most dazzling creatures known to science. The companion book to the spectacular five-part series on PBS produced by Natural History New Zealand, Big Pacific breaks the boundaries between land and sea to present the Pacific Ocean and its inhabitants as you have never seen them before. Illustrated in full color throughout, Big Pacific blends a wealth of stunning Ultra HD images with spellbinding storytelling to take you into a realm teeming with exotic life rarely witnessed up close--until now. The book is divided into four sections, each one focusing on an aspect of the Pacific. "Passionate Pacific" looks at the private lives of sea creatures, with topics ranging from the mating behaviors of great white sharks to the monogamy of wolf eels, while "Voracious Pacific" covers hunting and feeding. In "Mysterious Pacific," you will be introduced to the Pacific's more extraordinary creatures, like the pufferfish and firefly squid, and explore some of the region's eerier locales, like the turtle tombs of Borneo and the skull caves of Papua New Guinea. "Violent Pacific" examines the effects of events like natural disasters on the development of the Pacific Ocean's geography and the evolution of its marine life. Providing an unparalleled look at a diverse range of species, locations, and natural phenomena, Big Pacific is truly an epic excursion to one of the world's last great frontiers. Five-part series on PBS: *Big Pacific will air Wednesdays on PBS, June 21-July 19, 2017

The Beachcomber's Guide to Marine Debris (Paperback, 1st ed. 2019): Michael Stachowitsch The Beachcomber's Guide to Marine Debris (Paperback, 1st ed. 2019)
Michael Stachowitsch
R868 R610 Discovery Miles 6 100 Save R258 (30%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This richly illustrated book serves as the ideal guide to the items that litter the world's beaches. Forget sea shells and other fauna and flora. Here, you will find what a beachcomber is actually most likely to encounter these days: glass, plastic, wood, metal, paper, oil, and other sources of marine pollution! Complete with nearly 700 photographs, this guide shows the full range of marine debris items, each presented with insight and a pinch of humor. In addition, the author provides full details about these items. You will learn everything worth knowing about them. This includes not just their sources and decomposition stages. Discover the threat each item poses to these beautiful environments as well as prevention strategies, clean-up recommendations, alternative products, and recycling and upcycling ideas. Beyond the aesthetic issue, marine debris poses a threat to wildlife, human health, and economic welfare. This book arms you with the knowledge you need to combat these disgraceful and often hazardous eyesores. Become a beach detective! Travel the world's most beloved tourist destinations with this ultimate beach read and help restore these fascinating environments to their natural beauty.

Expedition Deep Ocean - The First Descent to the Bottom of All Five Oceans (Hardcover): Josh Young Expedition Deep Ocean - The First Descent to the Bottom of All Five Oceans (Hardcover)
Josh Young
R575 R462 Discovery Miles 4 620 Save R113 (20%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The riveting story of the history-making mission to reach the bottom of all five of the world's oceans - the ultimate frontier of our planet. Humankind has explored every continent on earth, climbed its tallest mountains, and gone into space. But the largest areas of our planet remain a mystery: the deep oceans. At over 36,000 feet deep, these areas closest to earth's core have remained nearly impossible to reach-until now. Technological innovations, engineering breakthroughs and the derring-do of a unique team of engineers and scientists, led by explorer Victor Vescovo, brought together an audacious global quest to dive to the deepest points of all five oceans for the first time in history. Expedition Deep Ocean tells the inside story of this exploration of one of the most unforgiving and mysterious places on our planet, including the site of the Titanic wreck and the little-understood Hadal Zone. The expedition pushed technology to the limits, mapped hidden landscapes, discovered previously unknown life forms and began to piece together how life in the deep oceans affects our planet-but it was far from easy. Vescovo and his team would design the most advanced deep-diving submersible ever built, able to withstand the deep ocean's pressure on the sub of 8 tons per square inch-the equivalent of having 292 fueled and fully loaded 747s stacked on top of it. The hurricane-laden ocean waters and the byzantine web of global oceanographic politics only heightened the challenges. Expedition Deep Ocean reveals the marvelous and other-worldly life found in the ocean's five deepest trenches, including several new species that have posed as of yet unanswered questions about survival and migration between oceans. Then there are the newly discovered sea mounts that cause tsunamis when they are broken by shifting tectonic plates and jammed back into the earth's crust, something that can now be studied to predict future disasters. Filled with high drama, adventure and the thrill of discovery, Expedition Deep Ocean celebrates courage and ingenuity and reveals the majesty and importance of the deep ocean.

Oceanology - The Secrets of the Sea Revealed (Hardcover): Dk Oceanology - The Secrets of the Sea Revealed (Hardcover)
Dk
R1,123 R893 Discovery Miles 8 930 Save R230 (20%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Guide to the Common Seashells of Britain and Ireland (Fold-out book or chart): Field Studies Council Guide to the Common Seashells of Britain and Ireland (Fold-out book or chart)
Field Studies Council; Artworks by Chris Shields
R110 Discovery Miles 1 100 Ships in 10 - 15 working days
Maldives Fish Field Guide "Top 200+" (Poster): Tim Godfrey, Rudie Kuiter Maldives Fish Field Guide "Top 200+" (Poster)
Tim Godfrey, Rudie Kuiter
R251 R235 Discovery Miles 2 350 Save R16 (6%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

A quick fish identification guide for divers and snorkellers in the Maldives and wider Indian Ocean region. A perfect guide to check on those mystery fishes seen during dives. Symbols highlight points of interest and differences between similar species. The Fish Field Guide Maldives is compact, easy to use and is designed to assist in field work and conservation initiatives. A companion guide to the book Fishes of the Maldives, Indian Ocean.

The Narrow Edge - A Tiny Bird, an Ancient Crab, and an Epic Journey (Hardcover): Deborah Cramer The Narrow Edge - A Tiny Bird, an Ancient Crab, and an Epic Journey (Hardcover)
Deborah Cramer
R520 Discovery Miles 5 200 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

In a volume as urgent and eloquent as Rachel Carson's Silent Spring, this book-winner of the Southern Environmental Law Center's 2016 Reed Environmental Writing Award in the book category-reveals how the health and well-being of a tiny bird and an ancient crab mirrors our own Winner of the 2016 Rachel Carson Environment Book Award given by the Society of Environmental Journalists Each year, red knots, sandpipers weighing no more than a coffee cup, fly a near-miraculous 19,000 miles from the tip of South America to their nesting grounds in the Arctic and back. Along the way, they double their weight by gorging on millions of tiny horseshoe crab eggs. Horseshoe crabs, ancient animals that come ashore but once a year, are vital to humans, too: their blue blood safeguards our health. Now, the rufa red knot, newly listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act, will likely face extinction in the foreseeable future across its entire range, 40 states and 27 countries. The first United States bird listed because global warming imperils its existence, it will not be the last: the red knot is the twenty-first century's "canary in the coal mine." Logging thousands of miles following the knots, shivering with the birds out on the snowy tundra, tracking them down in bug-infested marshes, Cramer vividly portrays what's at stake for millions of shorebirds and hundreds of millions of people living at the sea edge. The Narrow Edge offers an uplifting portrait of the tenacity of tiny birds and of the many people who, on the sea edge we all share, keep knots flying and offer them safe harbor. Winner of the 2016 National Academies Communications Award for best book that honors the best in science communications. Sponsored by the Keck Futures Initiative-a program of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, with the support of the W.M. Keck Foundation

The Sea Inside (Paperback): Philip Hoare The Sea Inside (Paperback)
Philip Hoare 1
R296 R218 Discovery Miles 2 180 Save R78 (26%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

A startling book, his most personal to date, from Philip Hoare, co-curator of the Moby-Dick Big Read and winner of the 2009 Samuel Johnson Prize for `Leviathan'. The sea surrounds us. It gives us life, provides us with the air we breathe and the food we eat. It is ceaseless change and constant presence. It covers two-thirds of our planet. Yet caught up in our everyday lives, we barely notice it. In `The Sea Inside', Philip Hoare sets out to rediscover the sea, its islands, birds and beasts. He begins on the south coast where he grew up, a place of almost monastic escape. From there he travels to the other side of the world - the Azores, Sri Lanka, New Zealand - in search of encounters with animals and people. Navigating between human and natural history, he asks what these stories mean for us now. Along the way we meet an amazing cast; from scientists to tattooed warriors; from ravens to whales and bizarre creatures that may, or may not, be extinct. Part memoir, part fantastical travelogue, `The Sea Inside' takes us on an astounding journey of discovery.

The Sea - A Celebration of Shorelines, Beaches and Oceans (Hardcover): Isobel Carlson The Sea - A Celebration of Shorelines, Beaches and Oceans (Hardcover)
Isobel Carlson 1
R305 R228 Discovery Miles 2 280 Save R77 (25%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This book celebrates oceans, coasts and shorelines the world over. Bringing together incredible stories and legends of the sea, delicious recipes and activities inspired by the coast, and fascinating trivia on everything from marine exploration to the turning tides, it will captivate anyone who is enthralled by the wonder of the sea.

Surfside Style - Relaxed Living by the Coast (Hardcover): Fifi O'Neill Surfside Style - Relaxed Living by the Coast (Hardcover)
Fifi O'Neill
R558 R457 Discovery Miles 4 570 Save R101 (18%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Surfside Style is a celebration of the simple colours, natural textures, and sun-bleached beauty of living by the sea. Beautiful specially-commissioned photography showcases twelve gorgeous homes across the United States - from California to Florida - that are inspired by the calm and rhythm of living in harmony with the water. From beach cottages to surf shacks, romantic vacation hideaways to bohemian nods to the past, Surfside Style showcases decorative inspiration for all of us who love the ocean or dream of living by the sea. Here interiors bear the influence of maritime colours and simple, natural textures, hand-hewn beams, bleached wood, weathered planks, woven blankets and mother-of pearl tones. Fifi O'Neill shows you how to combine originality, creative energy, whimsy, and the spirit of the surf to create serene, authentic and enchanting interiors.

Whales - Their Biology and Behavior (Paperback): Phillip Hammond, Sonja Heinrich, Sascha Hooker, Peter Tyack Whales - Their Biology and Behavior (Paperback)
Phillip Hammond, Sonja Heinrich, Sascha Hooker, Peter Tyack
R398 R321 Discovery Miles 3 210 Save R77 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

This book explores the lives of the world's largest living mammals. Drawing on the latest scientific research, Whales describes these incredible animals' evolution from terrestrial to marine mammals, their life cycle, diversity and distribution, and the ecosystems of which they are a part. Whales highlights the many extraordinary aspects of these intelligent and social creatures, including the complex vocalizations they use to communicate over vast distances. Philip Hammond, Sonja Heinrich, Sascha Hooker, and Peter Tyack investigate the role of whales in human culture, from whaling to whale watching, and emphasize how scientists monitor the current threats to whales and the methods they use to conserve their future. Spectacular photographs of whales in the wild reveal the private lives of these fascinating and majestic ocean giants.

Oceanic Birds of the World - A Photo Guide (Paperback): Steve N.G. Howell, Kirk Zufelt Oceanic Birds of the World - A Photo Guide (Paperback)
Steve N.G. Howell, Kirk Zufelt
R731 R580 Discovery Miles 5 800 Save R151 (21%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

A state-of-the-art photographic field guide to the world's oceanic birds Oceanic birds are among the most remarkable but least known of all birds, living at sea, far from the sight of most people. They offer unusual identification challenges-many species look similar and it can be difficult to get good views of fast-flying birds from a moving boat. The first field guide to the world's oceanic birds in more than two decades, this exciting and authoritative book draws on decades of firsthand experience on the open seas. It features clear text filled with original insights and new information and more than 2,200 carefully chosen color images that bring the ocean and its remarkable winged inhabitants to life. Never before have oceanic birds been presented in such an accessible and comprehensive way. The introduction discusses the many recent developments in seabird taxonomy, which are incorporated into the species accounts, and these accounts are arranged into groups that aid field identification. Each group and species complex has an introductory overview of its identification challenges, illustrated with clear comparative photos. The text describes flight manner, plumage variation related to age and molt, seasonal occurrence patterns, migration routes, and many other features. The result is an indispensable guide for exploring birding's last great frontier. A comprehensive, authoritative, and accessible guide to oceanic birds Covers more than 270 species Includes more than 2,200 color photos with concise captions noting key features Features careful species comparisons, overviews of the latest taxonomy, tips on how to observe and ID birds at sea, and much more

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