A brilliantly illustrated guide to aquatic life.This vibrant guide is saturated with information on fish of all shapes, sizes, and habitats. In-depth research dives into the different classes, orders, and genera of aquatic creatures, making this book a resource for both children and adults.
About the Author
GEOFF SWINNEY is research curator of lower vertebrates and mollusca for the National Museums of Scotland. He has contributed scientific articles to the Journal of Fish Biology, Journal of the History of Collections, and Journal of Zoology.
My Take on the Book
Bursting with brilliant illustrations and interesting trivia about fish, this book provides a fun way for children to learn about marine life.
The book begins with this quote by David Attenborough: Three quarters of the world's surface is covered by water. Three quarters of the world belongs to the fish.
As I read the book I was captivated with the facts about the various fish species in our world. I would like to share a few surprises I found:
- A large female ling can lay nearly 30 million eggs a year. However the ocean sunfish lays the most eggs at one time: 300 million.
- Hagfish are blind elongated creatures that look like worms. They are predators and scavengers. They eat dead or dying fish from the inside.
- Adult lampreys are vampires. Their sucker like mouth armed with horny teeth clamps onto a victim to drink the blood and tissue that flows from the wound.
The author did an excellent job of organizing the book so you could see the various fish in each specific class. He described the characteristics which were similar or different and the illustrations displayed the text beautifully. The short sections of text made for not only easy reading of the information, but also kept the flow of each page smooth.
I would recommend this book to anyone. I see this book as a valuable resource for children as they learn about the animals who share the Earth with us.
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