Encyclopedia of the Sea

Hardcover | October 17, 2000

byRichard Ellis

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From one of the world's leading experts on the sea comes this ocean-sized compendium of aquatic life and lore. Richard Ellis--who is also recognized as America's foremost painter of marine subjects--gives us a masterful synthesis of years of investigation and tens of thousands of disparate sources. The result is the first comprehensive, fully illustrated, and highly readable reference on almost everything that is known about the sea.

Ellis's research has taken him all over the world--from Nantucket to Patagonia, from Newfoundland to New Zealand. Now he leads us on a great journey: from the amazing diversity of the creatures of the oceans to the birds who inhabit the skies above them; from the little-known realms of marine geography to the men and women who have bravely explored them; from the fabulous legends the sea has inspired through the ages to the intriguing evolution of the tools of nautical navigation.

With more than 450 of the author's own drawings and paintings accompanying the text, Ellis reveals the many wonders of the oceans--abalone, zooxanthellae, and everything in between. We learn about the peculiar behavior of Vampyroteuthis infernalis (the "vampire squid from hell") and about Mocha Dick, the real sperm whale that may have inspired Melville's Moby-Dick; where the crown-of-thorns starfish gets its name and how the rare coelacanth, cousin to a species extinct for 70 million years--and one of the most mispronounced fish in the sea--was rediscovered. We visit lovely and exotic locations from Venice to Ni'ihau (Hawaii's "forbidden isle"), and consider both the fearsome kraken (a mythical sea monster often seen by Scandinavian clergymen) and the notorious real-life pirate Captain Kidd (whose hidden treasure was never found).

Exhaustive, concise, and entertaining, the Encyclopedia of the Sea is invaluable as an all-inclusive, one-volume source for anyone interested in the sea, its inhabitants, and man's exploration of its mysteries.

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Richard Ellis has gained worldwide respect for his brilliant artwork and thoughtful writings about the mysteries of the sea. This wonderfully printed volume presents readers with all of his invaluable knowledge and experience. Encyclopedia of the Sea is contains the most current and fascinating information available on the sea crea...

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From one of the world's leading experts on the sea comes this ocean-sized compendium of aquatic life and lore. Richard Ellis--who is also recognized as America's foremost painter of marine subjects--gives us a masterful synthesis of years of investigation and tens of thousands of disparate sources. The result is the first comprehensive...

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From one of the world's leading experts on the sea comes this ocean-sized compendium of aquatic life and lore. Richard Ellis--who is also recognized as America's foremost painter of marine subjects--gives us a masterful synthesis of years of investigation and tens of thousands of disparate sources. The result is the first comprehensive...

Richard Ellis is the author of ten previous books, including The Book of Whales, Dolphins and Porpoises, The Book of Sharks, Men and Whales, Monsters of the Sea, Great White Shark (with John McCosker), Deep Atlantic, Imagining Atlantis, and The Search for the Giant Squid. He is also a celebrated marine artist whose paintings have been ...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:400 pages, 9.49 × 7.34 × 1.36 inPublished:October 17, 2000Publisher:Knopf Doubleday Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0375403744

ISBN - 13:9780375403743

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Richard Ellis has gained worldwide respect for his brilliant artwork and thoughtful writings about the mysteries of the sea. This wonderfully printed volume presents readers with all of his invaluable knowledge and experience. Encyclopedia of the Sea is contains the most current and fascinating information available on the sea creatures. More than 450 of the artist’s own illustrations offer readers a fantastic glimpse at life under the waves. From abalone to zooxanthellae, Ellis lists countless creatures that swim, glide, float and bury themselves in the sand. No home library is complete without this impressive tome.

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"An indispensable volume for anyone remotely interested in the 70 percent of our planet covered by water."