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Marine & Freshwater Biology

Find titles that cover the fascinating science of oceanography and marine biology, from identification guides to sea and seashore life, invertebrates, fishes, reptiles and seabirds; from whales, dolphins and manatees to walrus and polar bears. Many specialist titles on plants, pollution and the state of the marine environment in general.

  • Ten Years Underwater
    Ten Years Underwater by Ned Middleton

    This fascinating book takes the reader from Ulster to Italy, Gibraltar and Cyprus to Hong Kong, Fiji and the Caribbean. Colour & b/w photographs, 129pp, 1988

    Hardback £14.95 Buy Now
  • A Field Key to the British Brown Seaweeds (Phaeophyta)
    A Field Key to the British Brown… by Sue Hiscock

    Aidgap Series. Identification hints, glossary, b/w illustrations, 44pp. 1992 reprint

    Paperback £6.00 Buy Now
  • Caribbean Divers' Guide
    Caribbean Divers' Guide -

    Written for divers by divers, this book caters for the growing need for information on the identification of marine life together with details of the area's undersea environment diving centres facilities accommodation dive- sites conservation legal aspects & medical facilities available. Covers 31 countries in the Greater Caribbean. Colour photographs, b/w drawings, maps, 272pp. 1991

    Paperback £9.99 Buy Now
  • Sharks of Tropical and Temperate Seas
    Sharks of Tropical and Temperate Seas by R H Johnson

    The first part is a general review with safety advice. This is followed by a field guide section with key to the various families and species including those of Polynesia. 123 colour photographs, 170pp. 1995 reprint

    Paperback £8.99 Buy Now
  • Freshwater Algae: Their Microscopic World Explored
    Freshwater Algae: Their Microscopic… by H Canter-Lund, J W G Lund

    Contains an amazing selection of photographs of the algae and their enemies with a clear and easily understood text. All the freshwater algal groups are included together with the protozoal and invertebrate parasites and predators. Colour and black and white photographs and illustrations, 380pp. 1995 Biopress

    Hardback £69.50 Buy Now
  • Naturalized Fishes of the World
    Naturalized Fishes of the World by Lever

    Fish have been introduced to inland waters all over the world either for food or as a sporting or amenity asset. This book describes where, when, how and by whom these alien fish, now living in a wild state, were introduced and what effects if any they have had in their new environment. Line drawings, 304pp. 1996

    Hardback £75.00 Buy Now
  • National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Seashells
    National Audubon Society Field Guide to… by Rehder

    705 colour photos 894pp 1994 rprnt Knopf

    Paperback £16.00 Buy Now
  • Diving Guide to the Eastern Caribbean
    Diving Guide to the Eastern Caribbean by Gilkes

    The best diving sites on 22 Caribbean islands are described in this well illustrated guide. Lists levels of difficulty as well as the main features of the sites. Colour photos maps 78pp 1994 Macmillan

    Paperback £10.99 Buy Now
  • Wildlife Under the Waves
    Wildlife Under the Waves by Jurgen Freund, Stella Chiu-Freund

    This collection of stunning images is a showcase for the work of the world's greatest underwater wildlife photographers. It includes beautifully composed and rarely seen images illustrating the full diversity of marine life, from mighty whales and graceful turtles through to huge shimmering shoals of fish and riotously colored corals, anenomes, crustaceans and sponges.

    Hardback £16.99 Buy Now
  • Seashores: An Ecological Guide
    Seashores: An Ecological Guide by Julian Cremona

    This title provides an easy-to-use, authoritative reference to commonly occurring organisms. By looking at the habitats of the coastline, it focuses on key species you are likely to find. The book explains how these organisms have adapted and how they are able to cope with the environmental stresses of the seashore.

    Paperback £16.99 Buy Now
  • Hawaii (Travellers' Wildlife Guides)
    Hawaii (Travellers' Wildlife Guides) by Les Beletsky

    Information on Hawaii habitats and the most common plants you will encounter. Illustrations of approximately 475 of the most common fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals. 404pp. 2006

    Paperback £18.99 Buy Now
  • Sea Fishes of the Mediterranean Sea
    Sea Fishes of the Mediterranean Sea by Lawson Wood
    Paperback £12.99 Buy Now
  • The Essential Guide to Beachcombing and the Strandline
    The Essential Guide to Beachcombing and… by Steve Trewhella, Julie Hatcher

    From time immemorial people have been drawn to the beach to collect practical resources as well as mysterious objects that have fuelled myth and folklore – it is our inherent hunter-gatherer instinct. Whether you are a seasoned beachcomber, a casual visitor or an enthusiastic naturalist The Essential Guide to Beachcombing and the Strandline will satisfy your curiosity about the treasures found cast up on the beach strandline, be it a pretty seashell, a spent eggcase, a seaweed frond or an exotic ocean voyager. Every find has a story to tell and we aim to answer the questions that arise from each beachcombing discovery – what is it and where has it come from? Clear photographs and descriptions are accompanied by information about the natural history of the animals and plants you encounter.

    Paperback £16.99 Buy Now
  • Spirals in Time: The Secret Life and Curious Afterlife of Seashells
    Spirals in Time: The Secret Life and… by Helen Scales

    Seashells are the sculpted homes of a remarkable group of animals: the molluscs. These are some of the most ancient and successful animals on the planet. But watch out. Some molluscs can kill you if you eat them. Some will kill you if you stand too close. That hasn't stopped people using shells in many ways over thousands of years. They became the first jewelry and oldest currencies; they've been used as potent symbols of sex and death, prestige and war, not to mention a nutritious (and tasty) source of food. Some species have been overfished, others poisoned by polluted seas; perhaps most worryingly of all, molluscs are expected to fall victim to ocean acidification, a side-effect of climate change that may soon cause shells to simply melt away. But rather than dwelling on what we risk losing, Spirals in Time urges you to ponder how seashells can reconnect us with nature, and heal the rift between ourselves and the living world.

    Hardback £16.99 Buy Now
  • The Antarctic Dive Guide (3rd edition)
    The Antarctic Dive Guide (3rd edition) by John Wiley

    The Antarctic Dive Guide is the first and only dive guide to the seventh continent, until recently the exclusive realm of scientific and military divers. Today, however, the icy waters of Antarctica have become the extreme destination for recreational divers wishing to explore beyond the conventional and observe the strange marine life that abounds below the surface. This fully revised and updated third edition covers 4 new dive sites; features revised and updated information for the other 27 sites covered; includes new sections on the Sea Leopard Project and natural product chemistry from Antarctic marine organisms.

    Paperback £22.95 Buy Now
  • Spirals in Time
    Spirals in Time by Helen Scales

    In this book, Helen Scales leads us on a journey into the realm of these undersea marvels. She goes in search of everything from snails that 'fly' underwater to octopuses accused of stealing shells and giant mussels with golden beards.Shells are also bellwethers of our impact on the natural world. The effects of overfishing and pollution are, of course, serious concerns, but perhaps more worrying is ocean acidification, which causes shells to simply melt away. Spirals in Time urges you to ponder how seashells can reconnect us with nature, and heal the rift between ourselves and the living world.

    Paperback £9.99 Buy Now
  • Reef Fishes of South East Asia
    Reef Fishes of South East Asia by Elizabeth Wood

    Reef Fishes of South-East Asia is a comprehensive and easy-to-follow guide to this rich diversity. Covering the waters off the coasts of Thailand, Hong Kong, China, Malaysia, Taiwan, Singapore, Indonesia and the Philippines, this compact book, illustrated with vibrant colour photographs, is an essential companion for anyone interested in the undersea world, from the casual snorkeller to the most experienced diver.

    Paperback £14.99 Buy Now
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