Presenting Lenore showcased a book a couple of months ago that I finally got around to getting from the library and it's a beauty. The Deep: The Extraordinary Creatures of the Abyss by Claire Nouvian is a huge coffee-table sized book full of photographs (220 of them!) and informative text about many of the world's amazing deep sea creatures. As I studied marine biology, this book was of special interest to me. Though I have seen photos of most of these creatures already through the fantastic work of the scientists at MBARI, this is still a worthwhile collection. The black backgrounds bring out the detail of even the most microscopic creatures.
While the pictures are available to all ages, the text is written at a fairly high level with a lot of scientific names, sizes and depths. I think this book would hold the most interest for those already familiar with creatures like siphonophores, tube worms and brittle stars.
If you would like to see a sampling of the amazing photos, head over to The Deep website where you can see creatures like this beautiful Mertensia ovum, a ctenophore.
I'd like to be under the sea in an octopus' garden with you,
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