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Eye of the shoal : a fishwatcher's guide to life, the oceans and everything

Author: Helen Scales
Publisher: London : Bloomsbury Sigma, 2018. ©2018
Series: Bloomsbury sigma series.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Seventy per cent of the earth's surface is covered by water. This vast aquatic realm is inhabited by a multitude of strange creatures and reigning supreme among them are the fish. There are giants that live for centuries and thumb-sized tiddlers that survive only weeks; they can be pancake-flat or inflatable balloons; they can shout with colours or hide in plain sight, cheat and dance, remember and say sorry; some  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Scales, Helen.
Eye of the Shoal : A Fish-Watcher's Guide to Life, the Ocean and Everything.
London : Bloomsbury Publishing Plc, ©2018
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Helen Scales
ISBN: 9781472936837 1472936833
OCLC Number: 1031963541
Description: 1 online resource (212 pages)
Contents: Cover; Half-Title; Series; Dedication; Title; Contents; Prologue: The wandering ichthyologist; Chapter 1: Ichthyo-curiosities; Sedna the sea goddess; Chapter 2: A view from the deep --
introducing the fish; How the flounder lost its smile; Chapter 3: Outrageous acts of colour; The salmon of knowledge; Chapter 4: Illuminations; O-namazu; Chapter 5: Anatomy of a shoal; Osiris and the elephantfish; Chapter 6: Fish food; Vatnagedda; Chapter 7: Toxic fish; Chipfalamfula; Chapter 8: How fish used to be; The Doctor of the sea; Chapter 9: Fish symphonies; The fish and the golden shoe. Chapter 10: (Re)thinking fishEpilogue; Appendix: Illustration species list; Glossary; Select bibliography and Notes; Acknowledgements; Index; Copyright.
Series Title: Bloomsbury sigma series.
Responsibility: Helen Scales.

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Seventy per cent of the earth's surface is covered by water. This vast aquatic realm is inhabited by a multitude of strange creatures and reigning supreme among them are the fish. There are giants that live for centuries and thumb-sized tiddlers that survive only weeks; they can be pancake-flat or inflatable balloons; they can shout with colours or hide in plain sight, cheat and dance, remember and say sorry; some rarely budge while others travel the globe restlessly. And yet the mesmerising and complex lives of fish remain largely underrated and unseen, living hidden beneath the waterline, out of sight and out of mind. Helen Scales is our guide on an underwater journey, as we fathom the depths and watch these animals going about the glorious business of being fish. As well as the fish, we meet devoted fishwatchers past and present, from voodoo zombie potion hunters and scientists who taught fish how to walk to nonagenarian explorers of the deep sea. Woven throughout are vignettes of Helen's own aquatic explorations, from eerie nighttime dives with glowing fish and up-close encounters with giant manta rays, to floating in the middle of a swirling shoal being watched by thousands of inquisitive eyes. As well as being a rich and entertaining read, this book will inspire readers to think again about these animals and the seas they inhabit, and to go out and appreciate the wonders of fish, whether through the glass walls of an aquarium or, better still, by gazing into the fishes' wild world and swimming through it.

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