The Search For The Giant Squid: The Biology And Mythology Of The World's Most Elusive Sea Creature

Paperback | October 1, 1999

byRichard Ellis

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The most mysterious and elusive of all sea creatures, the giant squid--at least sixty feet long and weighing nearly a ton--is also one of the largest. Yet for all its magnificent size and threatening undersea presence, Architeuthis has remained a mystery. Until now. In this marvelous and beautifully illustrated book, marine biologist, explorer, and artist Richard Ellis presents all that is known about the giant squid. Delving into myth, literature, popular culture, and science, he brings readers face to face with this remarkable creature. He also provides a thorough, compelling study of what is known and what is still to be discovered about this exotic animal that has never been studied alive. Interweaving his engrossing narrative with a wealth of fascinating illustrations and photographs, Ellis gives us the first comprehensive history of the only living creature that can truly be called a "sea monster."

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How much do you know about the giant squid? Is it as large as the name suggests? What does it eat? Where does it live? How does it reproduce? Marine biologist and illustrator Richard Ellis presents a collection of photos, drawings, stories, myths and scientific facts about this fascinating creature of the deep in The Search for the Gia...

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The most mysterious and elusive of all sea creatures, the giant squid--at least sixty feet long and weighing nearly a ton--is also one of the largest. Yet for all its magnificent size and threatening undersea presence, Architeuthis has remained a mystery. Until now. In this marvelous and beautifully illustrated book, marine biologist, ...

Richard Ellis is a celebrated authority on marine biology and America’s foremost marine life artist whose work has been exhibited worldwide. His nine books include The Search for the Giant Squid (a Publishers Weekly 1998 Best Book of the Year), Great White Shark, Encyclopedia of the Sea, Men and Whales, Monsters of the Sea, Deep Atlant...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 8.4 × 5.5 × 0.7 inPublished:October 1, 1999Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0140286764

ISBN - 13:9780140286762

Appropriate for ages: 18 - 18

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Table of Contents

The Search for the Giant SquidIntroducing Architeuthis
Is the Sea Monster a Giant Squid?
The Biology of Squids, Giant and Otherwise
By What Name Shall We Call the Giant Squid?
Architeuthis Appears
What Do We Know About Architeuthis?
Battle of the Giants
The Giant Squid in Literature and Cinema
The Models of Architeuthis
Conclusion
Acknowledgments
Authenticated Giant Squid Sightings and Strandings
References
Illustration Credits
Index

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How much do you know about the giant squid? Is it as large as the name suggests? What does it eat? Where does it live? How does it reproduce? Marine biologist and illustrator Richard Ellis presents a collection of photos, drawings, stories, myths and scientific facts about this fascinating creature of the deep in The Search for the Giant Squid.