Jeremy Wade, whose angling adventures are featured on the television series River Monsters, tells the story of his lifelong quest to track down the freshwater predators that have a fearsome reputation in local traditions across the world. He brings his zoological expertise and personal observations to the description of such creatures as the Himalayan man-eating goonch and the huge paraiba (‘mother of all the fishes’) found in the Amazon.
Spying on Whales
The Past, Present and Future of the World's Largest Animals
Whales are among the largest, most intelligent and deepest-diving species to have lived on our planet. Despite humans having both revered and hunted them throughout history, there are still many scientific mysteries associated with them. Palaeontologist Nick Pyenson focuses on what we can learn about their evolutionary history from fossil records and travels the world to explore their current plight and prospects of future survival.
The Marine Life of Seychelles
Created by two photographers, one a Seychelles resident and conservationist, the other an award-winning specialist in underwater photography, this book records the vibrant marine life of the Seychelles’ coral reefs, granite seascapes, mangroves and seagrass beds. As well as the islands’ ecosystems, turtles, fishes and invertebrates, the authors include chapters on their status as Marine Protected Areas; conservation issues and the challenge of protecting this ‘underwater Eden’; and technical notes on the photography.
Eye of the Shoal
A Fishwatcher's Guide to Life, the Ocean and Everything
Dipping below the surface of oceans – and seas, rivers, lagoons and lakes – Helen Scales explores the lives of fish and their underwater world, describing how they move, find food, avoid predators, sing to each other, and use light and colour to send messages. The book reveals the spectacular diversity of species, including ‘ichthyo-curiosities’ and, by letting the wonders of fish capture our attention and respect, aims to convince us to better protect them and their aquatic environment.
The Story of the Humpback Whale
The biologist Dr Phil Clapham draws on over 30 years of working with humpback whales to describe the lifecycle and migrations of these charismatic animals, their spectacular acrobatics and speculations as to their intelligence. He also tells the story of the ‘merciless pursuit’ by the whaling industry and the humpback’s recovery since the 1973 ban on killing whales. Clapham’s text is accompanied by extraordinary photographs, the result of Colin Baxter’s dedicated whale-watching, from Alaska to Australia.
The Changing Fortunes of Whales and Dolphins
The relationship between humans and cetaceans – whales, dolphins and porpoises – has changed dramatically over the centuries. Where once a lost or stranded whale was hacked to death, now desperate attempts would be made to save it. In this Natural History Museum book, Sarah Lazarus describes the history of whaling; 20th-century efforts to limit the industry; the dire threat of polluted oceans; and the relatively recent interest in ‘close encounters’ with whales and dolphins.