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.
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Rivers; Volume 3   layout image

by Nigel Holmes / Paul Raven

illustrated by Richard Lewington

Detailed information about each of the huge variety of river types to be found in Britain and their flora and fauna. Chapters include Rivers through the ages, The making and shaping of our rivers, Assessing the health of our rivers, River macrophytes, Plants of the river banks, floodplains and valley sides, Small creatures without backbones: macroinvertebrates in our rivers, Fish and frogs: cold blooded vertebrates found in our rivers, Fur and feathers: birds and mammals of our rivers, and, Comparison of three rivers, Meon, Dee and Endrick. Illustration type: Colour photographs, 432pp. 2014

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M24190 Hardback  £35.00
Guide to the Common Seashells of Britain and Ireland   layout image

by Chris Shields

Covers common seashells found around the shores of Britain and Ireland. Includes both the bivalves (including mussels, cockles, scallops, razor shells, oysters, venus shells and others) and the gastropds (including topshells, periwinkles, limpets, cowries and whelks). Accompanying text gives more information about how to identify each type of shell. Illustration type: Colour illustrations. 2013

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M24278 Chart  £3.00
The Extreme Life of the Sea The Extreme Life of the Sea   layout image

by Stephen R Palumbi / Anthony R Palumbi

The ocean teems with life that thrives under difficult situations in unusual environments. This title takes readers to the absolute limits of the aquatic world, the fastest and deepest, the hottest and oldest creatures of the oceans. It dives into the icy Arctic and boiling hydrothermal vents and visits the eternal darkness of the deepest undersea trenches to show how marine life thrives against the odds. This thrilling book brings to life the sea's most extreme species, and reveals how they succeed across the wide expanse of the world's global ocean. Illustration type: Colour photographs, B/W illustrations, 256pp. 2014

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M24220 Hardback  £19.95
The Shark that Walks on Land; and Other Strange but True Tales of Mysterious Sea Creatures The Shark that Walks on Land; and Other Strange but True Tales of Mysterious Sea Creatures   layout image

by Michael Bright

This title uncovers tales of ancient and modern mariners, with stories of sea serpents, mermaids and mermen, sea dragons, and the true identity of the legendary kraken. But this is more than a showcase for mystery beasts, for marine biologists from all over the world are the modern myth busters and are finding all manner of unusual animals, many new to science. Illustration type: Black and white illustrations, 285pp. 2013

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M24223 Hardback  £12.99
WORLD ATLAS OF CORAL REEFS WORLD ATLAS OF CORAL REEFS   layout image

by Mark D Spalding / Corinna Ravilious / Edmund P Green

Detailed and definitive account of the current state of the Earth's coral reefs. The atlas contains 84 full-page newly researched and drawn colour maps, together with more than 200 colour photos illustrating reefs, reef animals, and images taken from space by NASA astronauts during the 2000 and 2001 space shuttle flights. Also provided is detailed information on the geography, biodiversity and human uses of coral reefs, together with an assessment of current threats to their existence. Colour photographs, maps. 424pp. 2001

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M23871 Hardback  £51.00
SHARKS Ancient Predators in a Modern Sea SHARKS Ancient Predators in a Modern Sea   layout image

by Salvador Jorgensen

Combines the latest discoveries of new species, newly-documented shark behaviour, to give a state-of-knowledge picture of sharks. Unique pictures of shark births, recently discovered creatures from the Ocean Census research, and details of sharks' skin, eyes, teeth and heads (including a comparison of nine different hammerhead varieties) make this a book every shark enthusiast will want. It will also debunk many myths about shark behaviour, and give libraries a true, 21st-century documentation of a very popular wild animal. Colour photographs, 256pp. 2013

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M23659 Hardback  £25.00
REEF LIFE A Guide to Tropical Marine Life REEF LIFE A Guide to Tropical Marine Life   layout image

by Brandon Cole / Scott Michael

A gallery of more than 400 species offers readers an extensive identification guide to the most-likely encountered fishes and features each in detail: name, species, habitat, range and a description particular to the animal covered. With sections on invertebrates and algae, this guide reveals much about the range of animals and plants in the undersea ecosystem. Included is behavioural information on feeding, mimicry, and symbiosis, providing insights into natural survival strategies taking place among animals beneath the ocean surface. Colour photographs, maps, references, index, 616pp. 2013

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M23646 Paperback  £30.00
Shark; Travels Through a Hidden World Shark; Travels Through a Hidden World   layout image

by Juliet Eilperin

In an eye opening adventure which criss-crosses the globe, the author examines why sharks remain perhaps nature's most awe inspiring creatures. Also explores the fascinating ways in which humans relate to the ocean's top predator. Illustration type: Colour illustrations, 320pp. 2013

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M21723 Paperback  £9.99
Britain's Freshwater Fishes Britain's Freshwater Fishes   layout image

by Mark Everard

This title covers the 53 species of freshwater and brackish fishes that are native, or have been introduced and become naturalised. Detailed species accounts describe the key identification features and provide information on status, size and weight, habitat, ecology and conservation. Illustration type: Colour photographs, 144pp. 2013

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M21658 Paperback  £17.95
The Biology of Reefs and Reef Organisms The Biology of Reefs and Reef Organisms   layout image

by Walter M Goldberg

Examines the nature not only of coral reefs but also of sponge reefs, worm reefs, and oyster reefs, explaining the factors that influence their growth, distribution, and structure. A central focus of the book is reef construction, with details of the plants and animals that form the scaffold of the reef system and allow for the attachment and growth of other organisms, including those that function as bafflers, binders, and cementing agents. Also includes reef ecology, paleontology, and biogeography, all of which serve as background for the problems reefs face today and the challenge of their conservation. Illustration type: Colour plates, Halftones, Line drawings, Tables, 328pp. 2013

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M21645 Paperback  £38.50
The Biology of Reefs and Reef Organisms The Biology of Reefs and Reef Organisms   layout image

by Walter M Goldberg

Examines the nature not only of coral reefs but also of sponge reefs, worm reefs, and oyster reefs, explaining the factors that influence their growth, distribution, and structure. A central focus of the book is reef construction, with details of the plants and animals that form the scaffold of the reef system and allow for the attachment and growth of other organisms, including those that function as bafflers, binders, and cementing agents. Also includes reef ecology, paleontology, and biogeography, all of which serve as background for the problems reefs face today and the challenge of their conservation. Illustration type: Colour plates, Halftones, Line drawings, Tables, 328pp. 2013

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M21644 Hardback  £93.50
Qatar Nature Explorer; Sea and Shore Life of Qatar Qatar Nature Explorer; Sea and Shore Life of Qatar   layout image

by Frances Gillespie

The Qatar Nature Explorer series offers a unique insight into Qatar's natural history and wildlife, and is an essential resource for schools and parents. 32pp. 2013

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M21625 Hardback  £4.99
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