Killers of the Seas

Killers of the Seas : The Dangerous Creatures That Threaten Man in an Alien Environment

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For the sailor, swimmer, diver, fisherman, and armchair naturalist, here are tales and useful facts about the dangerous creatures found in the oceans of the world. This book is a survey of all the sea creatures that instil dread in the hearts of humans. Edward Ricciuti, a science writer with a passion for scuba diving and oceanographic expeditions, has swum eye-to-eye with a killer whale, flippered around with dolphins, tagged and captured sharks and had numerous tense exchanges with barracuda, moray eels and stingrays. Supplementing his own experiences with interviews that feature scores of international biologists, Ricciuti explores research and the lingering legends of oceanic and freshwater predators. He writes about sharks and shark attacks and of the little-known horned goblin shark; of the incredibly venomous Japanese puffer fish (fugu when cooked); of the increasingly ominous migrations of Pacific sea snakes through the Panama Canal; of the aquatic Borgia, the tiny blue-ringed octopus that can kill a man in seconds; and of the monsters of the seas - legendary, prehistoric, and possibly still alive and well, according to reputable scientific reports - all found in the ocean depths today. This book also includes the evolutionary and environmental factors that make these creatures behave as they do.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 227 pages
  • 149.86 x 226.06 x 17.78mm | 430.91g
  • ROWMAN & LITTLEFIELD
  • The Lyons Press
  • Guilford, United States
  • English
  • Revised
  • Revised
  • b&w photographs
  • 1585748692
  • 9781585748693
  • 1,891,840

About Edward R. Ricciuti

Edward R. Ricciuti was the curator of publications for The New York Zoological Society (the Bronx Zoo). He is the author of Killer Animals and a frequent contributor to Audubon, National Wildlife, Animal Kingdom, and Natural History magazines. He lives in Killingworth, Connecticut.show more

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Killers of the Seas is a rousing, scientifically sound survey of all the sea creatures that instill dread in the hearts of humans. Edward Ricciuti, a science writer with a passion for scuba diving and oceanographic expeditions, has swum eye-to-eye with a killer whale, tagged and captured sharks, and had numerous tense exchanges with barracuda, moray eels, and stingrays. Supplementing his own experiences with interviews that feature scores of the world's leading marine biologists, Ricciuti explores the latest research and the lingering legends of oceanic and freshwater predators including: sharks and shark attacks (including the little-known horned goblin shark); the incredibly venomous Japanese puffer fish ("fugu" when cooked); the ominous migrations of Pacific sea snakes through the Panama Canal; the aquatic Borgia, a tiny blue-ringed octopus that can kill a man in seconds; the monsters of the seas - legendary, prehistoric, and possibly still alive and well. Killers of the Seas also includes the fascinating evolutionary and environmental factors that make these creatures and many others behave as they do.show more

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