Humans have always wondered with fear and fascination, what lurks
beneath the surface in the depths of the sea. In this book, Erich Hoyt
explores the strange and hostile environment where what appears weird
is the norm. The photographers took long cruises across the oceans to
capture and record these little-known creatures.
Inside these pages you will look with fear and fascination at 52 of
the oddest animals you will ever meet — weird creatures such as the
carnivorous comb jelly, the lantern-carrying deep-sea dragonfish, the jewel
squid with giant eyes and the dancing jellyfish. Each of these has adapted
to a life in total darkness, exposed to incredible pressure and intense cold.
Many use light-producing organs and pigment cells to communicate, watch
for predators and attract and deceive their prey.
Informative captions relay the stories behind the patterns of light, the
transparent bodies and the toothsome wide-open jaws. The wonder and
extraordinary weirdness of what lives in the deep sea, so far away from us
and yet so close, will start to become familiar with this book.
Erich Hoyt has spent much of his life on or beside the sea, researching whales and dolphins and working to protect the ocean. Hoyt is the acclaimed author of 19 books including Orca: The Whale Called Killer and Creatures of the Deep. He is based in Scotland.