64pp., pbk., RRP $A22.99
About 71 percent of the Earth’s surface is covered by water, and of that, about 96.5 percent is contained in the oceans which sweep between the land masses. Scientists estimate that 15% of Earth’s species live in the oceans and in this new book, the reader is introduced to just a few of the estimated 250 000 known species that prefer the saline environment.
Each double page spread features a broad classification such as octopuses, squid and cuttlefish; crabs; and seahorses, seadragons and pipe fish, while some individual species are scattered throughout. There is a brief introductory paragraph for each collection but the majority of the book is devoted to illustrations of some of the more unusual representatives of each. While each has its common and Latin name provided, the reader would have to look elsewhere for more specific information.
What this book does is show the diversity of life above and below the waves, offering the young reader with an interest in such things a taster of what’s on offer. A useful addition to your 591.77 collection.