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Creeps from the deep : life in the deep sea /

In text and photographs, presents what is known about the deep ocean and the exotic creatures that live there. Full description

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Other Authors: Wu, Norbert,
Format: Book
Language: English
Published: Chronicle Books, 1997
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An exploration of some of the strange lifeforms that live in the deep, from light fish that glow to 10-ft long worms that live near the earths core. Illustrated with full colour photographs by underwater photographer Norbert Wu.


Review by Booklist Review

Gr. 4-8. Although its startling color photos reveal creatures that could be in a Hollywood horror film, this fascinating book is not the stuff of fantasy. Instead, Taylor and renowned photographer Norbert Wu have plumbed the deepest depths of the oceans--where the water pressure is intense, and the waters are still, icy cold, and completely dark--to examine the bizarre creatures that exist in those extreme conditions. Taylor does an excellent job of helping readers conceptualize water depths by comparing the below-the-sea reaches to altitudes above sea level, a measurement with which youngsters are more familiar. A graph identifying the layers of the sea also helps clarify the location of the exotic ocean dwellers. The technology of recent years that has made it possible to view these remote deep-sea locations is given its due, for without television cameras aboard remote-controlled submersibles, the foreboding black sea dragon, the bulging-eye hatchet fish, the intimidating viper fish, and an array of other deep-sea creatures that are sure to intrigue readers could not be shown. (Reviewed December 15, 1997)0811812979Ellen Mandel

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Review by School Library Journal Review

Gr 4-7‘Beginning with a vivid description of the ocean depths and examples of pressure measurement, Taylor sets the scene for an introduction to some menacing, exotic creatures. For over a century, scientists in bizarre-looking apparatus have gone deeper and deeper to study life on the bottom of the ocean. They also use remote-control cameras to do their searching. Although the depths are cold, researchers have found warm-water marine animals living in "vent communities" of hot water coming from volcanic vents in the ocean floor. The informative text is complemented by colorful photos, many of which are full page. Lionel Bender's Creatures of the Deep (Gloucester, 1989; o.p.) covers sea life, but doesn't describe the ocean depths. Deborah Kovacs and Kate Madin's Beneath Blue Waters (Viking, 1996) is more technical in tone and for a slightly older audience. Taylor makes this fascinating world very accessible.‘Kathleen McCabe, East Meadow Public Library, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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