Tuesday, February 05, 2008

The Deep

For Christmas, I received "The Deep"
by Claire Nouvian.
or should i say "the deep:
the extraordinary creatures of the abyss"

This book will blow your mind
each time you open it.
The facts, creatures, and colors
are incredible.
The abyss is my favorite part of the ocean.
Who knows what is down there!

Some of my favorites bits from this book are:

*Only 5% of the seafloor has been mapped with
any reasonable degree of detail.

*For the last 25 years a new deep-sea species
has been described every 2 weeks, on average.

*hydrothermal vents were discovered in 1977.

*about 60% of the world's 400 known shark species
live at the oceans greatest depths. Only a very small
number of these will migrate towards the surface at night.

*The average elevation on land is o.75km,
the average depth of the sea is around 3.2km.


Annie Howes said...

That looks like a great book for someone I know. The creature could be straight out of a Spielberg movie and are so fascinating!

High Desert Diva said...

This is a book I must have....

Anonymous said...

Sounds fascinating!

Amy Yang said...

My husband loves reading about crazy deep sea creatures so he'd love that book! :)

argylewhale said...

That book is one of my favorites! you picked the best guy (the yellow pokemon-like one)

outofthepinksky said...

I have always been fascinated with creatures in the deep sea, especially gulper eels. I've collected a number of guler eel toys and plushies. This all seems to have started when I got a little gulper eel trading card in a box of Cracker Jacks as a kid. Anyway, I have seen that book. Absolutely stunning creatures! There's so much we don't know!

On a tangent, I can see why your squids do well. They're wonderful drawings!