Marine Biology for the Non-Biologist the PDF version
A fantastic e book on the subject which will be a great help to teachers delivering the subject as well as a valuable resource for any student who is engaged in this subject. The book describes the biology in the seas in detail yet in a humorous way educating and entertaining at the same time. Also it describes important oceanic features such as coral reefs, the artic seas and hydrothermal vents, with a bit of 'what's going to kill you in the sea' which is always a great topic.
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Please find below a review and contents.
THE BASIS OF LIFE IN THE OCEANS
SOFT-BODIED ANIMALS - THE CNIDARIANS
THE STONY CORALS
SHELLFISH - THE MOLLUSCS
THE NUDIBRANCHS (SEA SLUGS)
THE SQUIDS, CUTTLEFISH AND OCTOPI
ANIMALS WITH EXOSKELETONS - THE CRUSTACEANS
THE DECAPODS- CRABS, LOBSTERS AND SHRIMPS
CORAL REEF ARCHITECTURE
MARINE INVERTEBRATE TOXINS
LIMU-MAKE-O-HANA (THE DEADLY SEAWEED OF HANA)
PARALYTIC SHELLFISH POISONING (PSP)
NEUROTOXIC SHELLFISH POISONING (NSP)
DIARRHOEIC SHELLFISH POISONING (DSP)
AMNESIC SHELLFISH POISONING (ASP)
THE CONE SHELLS
HYDROTHERMAL VENTS AND VENT BIOLOGY
THE PHYSICAL ENVIRONMENT
LIFE IN THE POLAR SEAS
THE POLAR ENVIRONMENT
Andrew Caine has managed to produce a highly readable masterpiece which takes the reader on a magical and sometimes scary journey into the world of the planet’s marine life, looking at the complex ecosystems with algae, plankton, shellfish, coral reefs and even whales. Andrew describes in fascinating detail and in a humorous and light-hearted manner the secret lives of our many different sea creatures—or beasties as he likes to call them. The book is crammed full of interesting facts and is written in a straightforward way making it easy for the layman to read and understand.
He delves into the lives of jellyfish, limpets, mussels and many other species, uncovering their often bizarre behaviour and sometimes scary predatory techniques and feeding habits which most ordinary people could barely imagine existed. Who would guess a whelk slowly drills into the shell of its unfortunate victims, or that some creatures harpoon their victims with poison-bearing teeth?
Andrew also dispels many myths and misunderstandings. For example, that the Portuguese Man o’War is not even a jellyfish at all, but instead a colony of connected creatures! Who would guess that the limpet is actually a one-footed creature which slides around like a snail, having a home base surrounded by a feeding territory? These are just some of the many fascinating facts which Andrew uncovers in his book.
Throughout the book, the reader is kept entertained by Andrew’s unique writing style and amusing turn of phrase. On a more serious note, Andrew also discusses the importance of coral reefs and their vital role in supporting human livelihoods. Andrew also reveals his true passion for marine biology and his deep concern that many of our species could be under threat due to overfishing of the humble krill.
Andrew’s work may well motivate people to take a more active interest in the study and preservation of our rich and diverse marine life. As Andrew points out, there is even more still to discover and who knows—maybe one day a cure for cancer may even be developed from understanding how toxins work in marine animals!
Bill Lichtensteiger—eBook Reader