We are distributors of the IKAN series of marine books. These books are
included on this page, but we also have a separate IKAN
website which covers further details of the books and the authors.
||WORLD ATLAS OF MARINE
Rudie H. Kuiter and Helmut
This enormous book is the
most comprehensive of fish identification guides that I have seen. It includes
over six thousand full colour photograph covring 4,200 species, and claims
to be a new benchmark for fish identification. ‘Presented here are the
fishes one is likely to see when diving or snorkelling, as well as those
that are of interest to those who main seawater aquariums. It includes
both tropical and temperate fishes, those that inhbit rocky reefs and coral
reefs, inshore and offshore, and pelagics. The text is not extensive, with
general information on habitat and distribution, number of species within
a group, behaviour, aquarium considerations, identification between sexes
and age. It is an invaluabl reference book for anyone interested in fishes.
It is indeed huge, wighing in at over 3kg. Hardcover, laminated boards,
just under A4 size, 720 pages full colour throughout, general contents
list, scientific species name index. $148.00
- AUSTRALIAN, and Indo-Pacific waters.
(Includes titles covering the
world, if Australia is not forgotten).
FISH AND THEIR HOST SEA ANEMONES (Field Guide to)
G. Fautin & Gerald R. Allen.
fish" are popular with underwater photographers because they are attractive,
and sedentary. But the real fascination lies with their relationship with
the poisonous anemonefish. This excellent book gives an insight into the
relationship, and how the anemone fish is 'immune' to the poisonous nematocyst
sting that is fatal to other fishes. It also provides an exceptional guide
to species identification of the fish and their symbiotic hosts. A valuable
and well produced book.
160, full colour, medium format.
- predominantly Australia and Indo-Pacific.
excellent natural history guide from Australia'ss most prolific marine
natural history writer.This is a most interesting book, with chapters dedicated
to Territoriality, Feeding habits, the Mating Game, and Living Together,
ie commensalism, symbiosis et al. A very important publication for the
diver as it gives a better insight into the life of fishes.
64 pages, full colour.
author claims this to be the first pictorial natural history book on the
biology of Australian marine fish. It provides a basic understanding of
the life and behaviour of fish - why do fish school?; how do flounder change
their spots, camouflage and defense mechanisms. A worthy read for any diver.
64 pages, 150 full colour photographs.
SEA FISHES NORTH 30 degrees SOUTH.
format reference for species from north of Abrolhos Islands (west coast
Australia) and Coff's Harbour (east coast Australia).
300 pages, colour.
*** Excellent value ***
copies are new but have a faded spine where they have been exposed on a
Coleman's Australian Sea Fishes South 30 Degrees South is out of print.
||BOOK OF FISHES
Hillary Hauser, with photographs
by Roessler, McKenney, Tzimoulis, Doubilet and others.
Those divers familiar with
the American Skin Diver Magazine will be familiar with Hillary Hauser's
Fish of the Month. This excellewnt books cover world-wide species, but
with an emphasis on north Amrican waters and the Caribbean Islands of course.
It is particularly well presented, with a full page photograph of a specie
and a full page of text, covering range and habitats, physical characteristics,
growth cycle, habits and diet, range and general remarks. Hardcover, dustjacket,
192 pages, full colour throughout, index, bibliography. $45.00
no longer available.
FISHES OF SOUTH-EASTERN AUSTRALIA.
doubt one the finest book on temperate water species produced in Australia.
An excellent guide to southern water species and a companion volume to
Fishes of the Great Barrier Reef. Superbly produced once again by Tony
Crawford. And it is great to see the many years of hard work by the author,
one of Australia's finest ichthyologists and fish photographers, come to
fruition. A must for all divers.
with plastic liner, large format, full colour, 460p.
Recommended. Limited copies.
FISHES OF TASMANIA AND BASS STRAIT
Edgar, Peter Last and Malcolm Wells.
full colour, 176 page hardcover book with dustjacket represents excellent
value and is an excellent guide to the temperate waters surroundings Tasmania,
and the islands of Bass Strait and southern Victoria. The 142 colour photographs
cover the maajor species seen by divers, with twenty species that have
never previously been illustrated or scientifically described.
SEA REEF GUIDE.
full color reef creature identification guide contains exquisite underwater
photos of over 1000 marine species, from the Great Barrier Reef, Papua
New Guinea, Solomon's, Vanuatu to New Caledonia. Along with the descriptive
information to identify each species, the book includes interesting behavioral
and habitat information.
author, Bob Halstead, a degreed educator and scientist, is a household
word in the Indo-Pacific diving industry and has made more than 7000 in
the Coral Sea to amass this collection of photos. Bob, winner of
multiple photographic awards, has authored several books, and published
dozens of magazine articles.
superb book in the IKAN series, produced by Helmut Debelius, published
by Sea Challeengers.
Approx 320 pages. $76.00 Review
GUIDE TO FISHES
This refers to fishes of Australia, including temperate, tropical and freshwater
species, as well as crustaceans.
regarded as the ‘bible' of fish identification and biology since it was
first published in 1965, this Eleventh edition is again the fundamental
reference. It is a huge book, with full colour and mono photographs. This
is the ‘original Grants'. A previous title, Grant's Fishes of Australia,
was a ‘popular' version of the main book, and is out of print. This new
edition covers a similar formaat to previous editions, with an introduction
and glossary oreceeding the main sectiuons: Sharks and Rays; Marine Fishes
(general); Poisonous and Venomous Fish; Freshwater Fishes; vrustaceans,
Crabs and Prawns etc. Colour photo images are either full or half page.
Hardcover, laminated boards (a sensible improveement over dustjacket),
880 pages, full colour, and mono photographs. $96.00
TO SEA FISHES OF AUSTRALIA.
are several ‘guides' to Australian fishes, but none to compare with this
excellent comprehensive reference book which covers some 950 species, all
with a colour photograph, most showing the fish it its natural habitat.
The text is brief but informative and each is accomanied by a location
map. This is a work of dedication by Rudie Kuiter and a must for all divers.
book is standard size, softcover, no less than 430 pages.
OF AUSTRALIA'S SOUTHERN COAST
Edited by Dr. Martin Gomon,
Dianne Bray and Rudie Kuiter. $125.00.
Fishes of Australia's Southern
Coast brings together the latest scientific knowledge on more than 860
species inhabiting Australia's temperate southern waters, from the Recherche
Archipelago at the western end of the Great Australian Bight to Wilsons
Promontory in the east, many found nowhere else. Those included range in
size from tiny gobies and clingfishes less than 3 centimetres long, to
the Whale Shark, the largest fish in the ocean, reaching a length of 12
metres. Thirty expert ichthyologists from within Australia and overseas
have written accounts of all species known to occur within the area. Each
species treatment is accompanied by one or more images (most in high-quality
colour), a distribution map and a description that includes information
on recognisable body features, size attained, colouration, habitat and
other common names, as well as anecdotal information of interest to the
reader. Where relevant, counts for fin elements, scales, teeth, photophores
and other body parts are given. Illustrated keys are included at all levels
of classification from subphylum to genus and species. Introductory chapters
outline the scope and geographical coverage of the book, describe the variety
of aquatic habitats in southern waters, discuss conservation and other
issues associated with human impacts on fishes, interpret fish lassifications
and provide detailed instructions on how to use the book. This book is
the only recent Australian guide to comprehensively treat all fish species
found within a region. It enables fishers, those interested in natural
history, students and researchers to identify the fish fauna found along
the southern coast.
Hardcover, 928 pages, large
format 260 x 186mm, full colour.
||MAMMALS AND FISHES OF
NORTHERN AUSTRALIA (Donald Thomson's)
Edited and annotated by
Joan M. Dixon and Linda Huxley.
Thomas Nelson, Melbourne.
1985. ISBN 0 17 006541 3.
Hardcover, cloth boards,
dustjacket, A4 size, 210 pages, referenmces, index, Includes appendicies
- Gazetteer of Donald Thoimson localities; Glossary of Aboriginal; nmaes
and meanings; Glossary of scientific and ASboriginal names. Mammals account
for about three-quarters of the book.
From the front fly blurb:
Donald Thomson's Mammals and Fishes of Northern Australia is a unique record
of the work of a brilliant zoologist and anthropologist far advanced for
his time. This superb collection of his original black and white plates,
taken in the harsh conditions of northern Australia, shows a remarkable
diversity of Australian fauna, their habitats, and also the native inhabitants
of the north. The text includes notes from diaries and records which Thomson
kept on his travels as well as details of individual animals in his collection
meticulously edited and annotated by Joan M. Dixon and Linda Huxley. Each
species covered includes original notes by Thomson, locality map, comments
by the authors and where possible, an identification photo and measurement
table. This book is an important contribution to Australiana — it is only
now, when the Australian continent, its native people and endemic fauna
are under such intense public as well as academic scrutiny, that the endeavours
of Donald Thomson can be understood and fully appreciated.
A very important work. $40.00
Scott W. Michael.
Although produced predominantly
for the aquarium enthisiast, this excellent book is also a most valuable
identification guide, with one specie per page. The fish is well identified
with a photo, followed by relevant text: size, range, aquarium suitability,
and captive care. The latter information provides a wealth of information
on the biology of the specie. The range as described is predominantly the
north coast of Australia, the Indonesian Archipelago and north to the Philipines;
and into the western Pacific.
Softcover, 446 pages, full
colour throughout, maps, common-name index, scientific name index.
Normal price $64.00.
no longer available from us but may be in print.
GUIDE TO MARINE FISHES OF TROPICAL AUSTRALIA AND SOUTH-EAST ASIA
the name, replaces the book listed below. Indicated on cover as Fourth
new edition is of 287 pages, softcover, with plastic protection. The blurb
on the back indicates:
phenominally successful guide to the weath and variety of fish in Australia's
tropical waters (including the Great Barrier Reef) and south-east Asia
has been updated and expanded. It is an invaluable reference for divers
and anglers, to scientists and the layperson - to everyone with an interest
in our remarkable tropical fish. Includes full colour images of some 1,500
fish in 105 beautiful plates by leading Australian marine artists Roger
Swainston and Jill Ruse. $38.00
FISHES OF THE GREAT BARRIER REEF AND SOUTH-EAST ASIA.
is another excellent book illustated by the marine artist Roger Swainston,
and also Jill Ruse, comparable (but larger in size) than the excelleent
temperate water book Sea Fishes of Southern Australia in which Swainston
collaborated with Barry Hutchins. The description of each species is brief
and is accompanied by a full colour drawing of the fish. Text is on the
left hand page and all illustrations accompanying the text is on the right
making it idal for fish identification.
298 pages, full colour. $39.50
image is of the older edition).
GUIDE TO SEA FISHES OF AUSTRALIA.
is a full colour handy guide of over 300 species in temperate and tropical
waters, useful as a pocket guide to use on a dive trip or as a handy reference.
Its layout makes it particularly useful as an identification guide. Habitat
and biology details are included.
95 x 190 mm, 144 pages.
FISHES OF SOUTHERN AUSTRALIA.
most popular of all the fish identification titles ever published in Australia.
Many hundreds of superb colour drawings next to a limited text provide
the most concise guide to southern species. A must for all serious divers.
excellent full colour book is ideal as an on-site field guide and
easy home reference, economically priced, and yet with excellent colour
photographs, one to five per page, and detailed text, surely the best value
of the marine identification books. Covers the Indo-Pacific, South-East
Asia , west Pacific and northern Australia regions.
is 125 X 170 cm, full colour throughout, 158 pags).
FISHES OF THE SOUTH PACIFIC AND THE GREAT BARRIER REEF
Neville Coleman's Sea Australia
1989. ISBN 0947325 018
Softcover, stiff boards,
A5 portrait, 64 gloss art pages. Full coloiur throughout, index.
Another one of Coleman's
excellent guides. Contains over 350 colour photographs, six to a page,
this providing an excellent visual identification guide. $20.00
GUIDE TO REEF FISH OF
(including Great Barrier
Reef, Coral sea, Fiji and Adjacent waters).
A plastic card 15 x 23 cm,
with some seventy fish drawings in full colour, for use underwater, designed
for fish identification whilst diving. The drawings are based on the book
of the Great Barrier Reef by John Randal et al.
Australian Marine and Freshwater
Fish in Living Colour.
Photography by Rudie Kuiter.
Wedneil Publications, Melbourne.
First edition? Revised edition 1980. ISBN 0 909853 86 6
Softcover (stiff boards),
slightly less than A5 portrait, 136 pages, preface, no index.
Once upon a time was the
bible for all Aussie divers and fishermen, but more of a collectors item
now even though text is relevant. Appendix includes Poisonous and Harmful
Fish, and Fishes with Poisonopur Spines.
New copies available with
slight shop scuffing on covers.
|FISHES - WORLD IN GENERAL
||WORLD ATLAS OF MARINE
Please see above at beginning
OF FISH SECOND-HAND
M. & R. Burton. Introduction
by Dr Gareth Nelson, American Museum of Natural History.
It covers the three main
habitat environments of fishes - tropical and temperate sea waters, and
freshwater fish, "giving the reader a comprehensive view of fish", with
detail on fish protection, habitat, characteristics and anatomy, feeding
and reproduction, and any other pertinent habits. A very informative book.
Large format, hardcover,
dustjacket, 253 pages, full colour and mono photographs throughout. The
single copy on offer was owned by the Australian author and film-maker
Walt Deas, with his signed bookplate affixed. In excellent condition. $55.00
||LIVING FISHES OF THE
Earl S. Herald. (Curator
of the Steinhart Aquarium, Californian Academy of Sciences).
Published 1961, with this
second printing in 1969. ".... the collection of photographs, both in colour
and black-and-white, is incomparably the richest of its kind, inclduing
many species and activities never before recorded". "Herer are literally
thousands of little-known and almost incredible facts: fishes that lay
their eggs out of water and then spalsh them till they hatch, other that
lcoate food by electrical discharges, male fish that incubate eggs"...
etc. Indeed a very informative bookIf the photographs are anything to judge
by, it is also a most useful book for the marine aquarist.
Hardcover, dust jacket covered
in protective adhesive platic with small crease, A4 size, 298 pages, mono
and colour photographs index, bibliography.
Single copy available in
good condition. $35.00
||THE FISHES SECOND-HAND
Time-Life Books. Editor
Maitland A. Edey.
Although published way back
in 1964, I still find this to be one of the most useful, interesting, informative
and easy to read books on fishes. And lets face it, nothing much has changed
in their ecology during the past half century. Its one of the few books
in icthyology that you are tempted to read from cover to cover, or to browse
a chapter or two at random, or just look at the pictures. It is by no means
an identification guide - that is not the aim. It covers all matters of
biology, with many interesting an unusual features and occurances. Still
a very important book.
Hardcover, printed cloth
covers (no paper dustjacket), 192 pages, full colour throughout, index,
bibliography, common and scientific names.
have a few copies for sale in good to very good condition.
|FISHES - BY WORLD LOCATION
PACIFIC REEF FISH IN-A-POCKET
Waterproof Guide for Divers and Snorkellers.
Humann and Ned Deloach.
you ever wished you could take your ID books with you underwater? Now you
can! This waterproof mini-book of 12cm x 15.5 cm is ideal for keeping in
your BC pocket and/or dive bag. The 24-page booklet contains 132
color photographs of the most commonly sighted reef animals in the tropical
pacific, so it is useful for anywhere from the Great Barriewr Reef to PNG,
Micronesia and across to the Solomons, Fiji, Vanuatu and French Polynesia.
There are brief tips on how to identify the species, size of each species.
and arrows pointing to distinguishing marks to make this a most useful
underwater reference. $16.00.
no longer available though us but still in print.
PACIFIC REEF GUIDE.
coral reefs of South East Asia harbour the greatest species diversity of
all the oceans, not only for fishes, but also for invertebrates. With twenty
thousand islands within the triangle Okinawa, Malaysia and eastern Indonesia,
the reefs and coastal fauna is remarkable. Once again, the remarkable Helmut
Debelius has compiled a wonderful volume of the marine life within the
area, covering southern Japan, Indonesia, Malaysia, southern China and
Taiwan, Vietnam, Thailand, and the western Micrinesian islands of Yap and
Palau. The islands of Sipadan, Flores, Bohol, Cebu, Bali, Ambon, Palawan
and many more feature regularly throughout the book. Over 1,000 photographs,
all taken in their natural habitat, cover all marine life - the fishes,
crustacea, miolluscss, the soft and hard corals, the worms, and the echinoderms.
And like all the other IKAN series books, twenty-two two-page picture stories
add to the intrest and knowledge of the marine life: Anemone City, Master
of Mimickry, Mouring for Napoleon etc. Most of the photographs are those
of the author, with additional images from excellent photographers including
Halstead, Kuiter, Steene and Tatsuuma.
laminated boards, 320 pages, full colour. $76.00 An
A Guide for Snorkellers
Divers and Aquarists.
John P. Hoover.
A very well presented book
which also shows where to dive and snorkel on Hawaii's main islands. Some
230 species of fishes are covered with half- and third-page full colour
photographs. The text assists in further identification and provides a
Softcover, 184 pages, full
colour, bibliography, scientific and common name index (and an interesting
table showing invalid and incorrect scientific names). $42.00
last copy sold.
FISH GUIDE - MALDIVES TO THE PHILIPPINES.
Indo-Pacific fish, especially
those living in the coral reefs of Southeast Asia, comprise the world's
greatest variety of species. This book featuring more than 800 coloured
photographs provides divers, aquarists and tourists with a perfect overview
of all the ocean fish encountered in the reefs and open waters off the
islands and coastlines of Thailand, Burma, Malaysia, Indonesia and the
Softcover, 153 pages, colour.
GUIDE SOUTHEAST ASIA.
152 pages, over 800 colour photographs covering the major species in SA
Asian and tropical waters, including the Coral Sea. An ideal identification
guide, with up to eight photos per page, several paragraphs of text description
per family, and minimal description of the some 700 species.
excellent value-for-money book, suitable for identification and information
at home or for travel.
Dr Toshiji Kamohara
Publ;ished in 1967this authoritive
work has had many impressions. The book is divided into the various classes
and orders, with four or five species drawn in colour on each colour plate.
And the drawings are exceptional. Hardcover, dustjacket, 134 pages, colour
drawings, index to latin names. $35.00.
is in very good condition, with a slight mended tear to the top of the
Guide to FISHES OF THE MALDIVES
photographically-illustrated guide to the 400 or so species of reef and
shore fishes that are likely to be experiences in the Maldive islands (Indian
192p, 260x195mm, 475 colour prints.
NORTH AMERICA SECOND-HAND
No date indicated but probably
published in the 1980s. Divided into the various families, with extensive
text. Photographs are generally colour, half-page.
Hardcover, dust jacket,
254 pages, colour and mono, index, glossary. $35.00
is in excellent condition.
Bagnis, Mazellier, Bennett,
First printed in 1974, this
book has remained a major reference on the subject. The authors, scientists
and divers, are French, living in Tahiti, and their credibility is without
question. The subject matter is centered on French Poilynesia, from the
Gambier and Austral Islands north to the Marquesas, and thus includes Rangaroa,
Bora-Bora, Moorea. and Tahiti. After a description of the region,
and a chapter on fish biology, the book is divided into the major families,
with large clear photographs and sufficient text.
Hardcover, dustjacket, 368
pages, full colour throughout, scintific name index, tahitian name index,
bibliography. This edition, the text is in English of course. As indicated,
book is well out of print. $55.00
||INDO-PACIFIC SEA FISHES
From the Maldives to the
Pacific Islands, including Great Barrier Reef and PNG.
Although here are several
‘fish identification' books on the market, none really assist in showing
you what to look for in the identification o a species. Sure, colour, shape
and size are pedominant clues, but there are othr subtle features that
need to be identified closely. Take the wrasse family for exampl. Many
species are may appear similar, but suttle signs of colour, spots, and
fin shape, to name a few, are highlighted in this book by an arrow to the
relevant part, making identifiaction easier, quicker and more certain.
The brief text indicates common and scientific name, topography where found,
goegrapohic location where found. Here we have over 1400 colour photos
covering 105 fish families, from the open sea to the reef.
Oblong format, softcover,
144 pages, separate common name and scientific name indexes. $38.00
Guide to FISHES OF THE MALDIVES.
would be expected from this well respected author and undrwater photographer,
this is a superb book with over a thousand photographs. The layout is excellent
and designed for identification. Text is concise yet sufficient.
full colour on gloss art paper, 256 pages.
no longer available and out of print.
AND ATLANTIC FISH GUIDE.
Spain to Turkey; from Norway to South Africa. Another brilliant title by
Helmut Debelius. The impressive photographs, authoritive text and excellent
layout make this a superb book, and more than adequately complements the
others in his series. Species include those found off the United Kingdom
coast and western Europe; the Azores, Madeira, Canary Islands, Ascension
Islands, remote Saint Helena, and St.Paul's Rocks; the west coast of Africa
down to the Cape; and of course the Mediterranean. A brilliant book.
full colour, 303 pages.
FISH IDENTIFICATION - TROPICAL PACIFIC
Allen, Roger Steene, Paul Humann, Ned Deloach.
the tropical region right across the Pcific from Indonesia through to French
Polynesia, which includes Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnan, Papua New Guinea,
Solomons, New Caledonia, Fiji, Samoa and Tonga - and although not listed,
woul include the Micronesian islands also. A comprehensive guide with more
than two and a half thousand photographs of over 2000 species, taken in
their natural habitat.Six close-cropped colour photographs per pagewith
brief description and habitant range. The book is unique in that it is
segmented into descriptions based on the shape of the body, the ‘slender
schoolers', those with ‘large lips', those thatswim with their pectoral
fins (parrotfish and wrasse), those with ‘big eyes', the ‘cryptic crevice
dwellers', the ‘odd-shaped bottom dwellers', the ‘odd swimmers', seahorses,
eels, sharks and rays. Do you knew the difference between a Pickhandle
barracuda and a Blackfin barracuda? The subtleties that define a species
are clearly indicated.
suberb and most useful publication, particularly as it includes those fishes
of the central and western tropical Pacific. Includes separate common name
and scientific name indexes.
board cover, 480 pages, full colour throughout.
- REEF FISH IDENTIFICATION
Paul Humann, Ned Deloach.
Plastic laminated board
covers, 240 pages, full colour throughout, common index, family index,
log pages for sightings. Approx. three colour photos per page, with brief
desiption, drawings to aid identification showing specific characteristics.
General family and species description includes distinctive features, abundance
and distribution, habitat and behaviour, and reaction to divers (unique
- ueful). The most comprehensive fish guide to the Galapagos islands,
‘a naturalist's fantasyland, so exotic that it alters the course of Western
|GUIDE TO CORALS
AND FISHES OF FLORIDA, THE BAHAMAS AND THE CARIBBEAN.
An International Oceanographic
Published by Seahawk Press,
Miami, Florida, USA. 1977. ISBN 0-913008-08-7
Softcover (srtiff board)
, about A5 size portrait, 64 pages, full colour drawings throughout, index,
"This book shows 260 species
of corals and fishes in full colour with an accurate, easily understood
text". Includes 'Look, but don;t touch, chapter.
New but slightly shop scuffed
on cover, hardly noticeable.
One waterprrof edition also.
OCEAN REEF GUIDE. Helmut Debelius.
superb title from one of the world's finest icthyologists and marine naturalists
- and a superb photographer. His books are perfect, for identification
and general knowledge of the species covered - usuaally three of more photos
per page, with concise text. The proeduction of all his books is excelent.
This book covers the complete Indian Ocean rim, inclusing of course Western
Australia, Cocos and ChristmasIslands, the Maldives, Sri Lanka mauritius,
and down the eastern African coast. Covers the reef invertebrates, fishes,
corals, and even the odd shipwreck. A wonderful book, as would be expected
||RED SEA REEF FISHES
Dr John E. Randall.
Foreword by Sir Peter Scott.
1992. ISBN 0 907151 87 6
Softcover (stiff boards),
A4 size portrait, 192 pages, full colour throughout, index.
From the back cover blurb:
The dream of every diver and snorkeler is to visit the Red Sea and explore
its fabulous coral reefs, for theyrank with the most spectacular in the
world. The Red Sea !s warm, clear and undisturbed by the strong wave action
of the major oceans. Surrounded by desert, it escapes the freshwater run-off
that causes turbidity. Its marine life is diverse and colourful. Of all
the plants and animals in the sea, none are more captivating than the reef
fishes. They present a bewildering array of form and colour, and observing
their behaviour is a delight. This book describes in detail the most common
and conspicuous reef fishes of the Red Sea and has been written by a world
authority on tropical marine fishes, Dr John E Randall. His text,
accompanied by 446 of his superb colour photographs, covers 57 families
of Red Sea reef fishes with each of 325 species separately detailed, including
remarks on how to distinguish the fish from related species, the size it
attains, its geographical distribution and something of its habits.
New but very slightly shop
scuffed on cover, hardly noticeable. A very important work. $55.00
excellent modestly priced book on the marine life of The Red Sea, with
355 full colour photographs, diving into two sections - The Fishes,
and Invertebrates and other Sea Animals. The introductory section includes
a background on the red Sea, Dangerous Marine Cratures, Coral Reefs, Snorkelling
and Diving, and Underwater Photography.
board covers, 128 pages scientific and common name index.
||THE SEA FISHES OF SOUTHERN
AFRICA TWO COPIES SECOND-HAND
The Sea Fishes of Southern
Africa was first published in 1949, with many revised editions through
to 1986. It ha slong been the feinitive work on the icthyology of South
African waters, covering the east and west coasts of southern Africa, Mosambique
and the then Portuguese East Africa. The first 34 pages cover general 'notes
about fishes', their classification and nomenclature, ancestry, and environmental
comment. The majority of the book covers the verious species with mono
photographs, drawings, and full page colour plates. The text is extensive
with detailed descriptions for positive identification. We have two copies
Fifth Edition, 1965. With
dustjacket (rare), 580 pages. excellent condition. Dustjacket a bit won
on the edges. $95.00
Second Impression of First
edition, 1950. No dust jacket, 550 pages. Good condition. Spine cloth has
seen better days, and covers spotted also around the edges, binding fine,
minor discolouration (waterstains probably), on some of the page corners
but not a problem. Otherwise fully intact and of value. $60.00
It would help if the book
was titled more accurately, or at last subtitled - this book covers "the
many fabulous fishes that are found in the waters of Southern Florida and
the Bahamas". The author is (was?)manager and curator of the Miami Seaquarium,
who found a need for a single book "that could be used to identify most
of the fishes found in southern tropical waters". Southern as per northern
hemisphere of course. As perhaps to be expected, the colour photographs
appear to be all taken in an aquarium.
Hardcover, dustjacket, larger
than A4 format, 128 pages, full colour throughout. Published in 1975.
on offer is in excellent condition although edges of dust jacket are scuffed.
||FISH OF THE
A modestly prices book which
also covers invertebrates and other marine animals. The introductory section
includes a background on the Maldives and the formation of the atolls,
Dangerous Marine Cratures, Coral Reefs, Snorkelling and Diving, and Underwater
Photography. Stiff board covers, 128 pages scientific and common name index.
Guide to ANGEL FISHES & BUTTERFLY FISHES
R. Allen, Roger Steene, Mark Allen.
excellent book concentrating on arguably the most popular species of fishes.
Each page contains one full colour half-page photograph, with detailed
text (habitat, characters, remarks, distribution), and a distribution map.
Very useful for divers and aquarium keepers.
(laminated boards), 248 pages, full colour.
no longer available.
Debelius, Hiroyuki Tanaka, Rudie Kuiter.
Comprehensive Guide to Pomacanthidae. In keeping with all TMC publications
in this series, this is a superb book with over a thousand colour photograph
of eighty-eight species over eight genera. Includes information on habitats,
behaviour, colour morphs, hybridisation and aquarium reuiremnts if you
are so inclined. A marvellous identification guide and refernce text.
TMC Series book.
no longer available.
AND ANGELFISHES OF THE WORLD SECOND-HAND
Volume 1. AUSTRALIA, Roger
Volume 2. ATLANTIC, CARIBEAN,
RED-SEA, INDO-PACIFIC, Gerald R. Allen
First pubished in 1978.79,
they became the definitive work on the two families, and a standard reference
for many years. For the technically minded, we are talking about the families
of Pomacanthidae and Chaetodontidae. Both authors are well
rspected in their fields, Steene as a marine enthusist and exceptional
underwater photographer, and Gerry Allen as an icthyologist and marine
scientist. The images are in full colour, generally half or quarter page,
showing female, male and juvenile in many instances. The text is about
a third of the page. Voilume One also covers Papua New Guinea and regions
of the Indo-Pacific. Index of scientific and common names, and literature
referenced.There are some five hundred photographs over the two volumes.
Hardcover, dustjacket. Now well out of print.
Volume One: 144 pages.
Volume 2: 352 pages.
We have available:
One SET of the two volumes,
not to be split. Excellent condition. $95.00
One copy of Volume
1, with slightly faded spine. $45.00
FISHES, BANNERFISHES AND THEIR RELATIVES
Comprehensive Guide to Chaeltodontidae and Microcanthidae.
released - another excellent book in the specific species series authoured
by Rudie Kuiter. Over 130 species of butterfly and banner foshes live in
tropical seas, some living down at 200m. This comprehensive book is illustrated
with several hundred full colour photographs, with many species photos
published for the first time. Includes introduction to genera and subgenera,
information on behaviour, habitats, hybridisation, and bsic details of
aquarium requirements shopuld you wish to keep them in captivity. Printed
hardcover, 208 pages, fulll colour throughout. A TMC Series book.
A Guide to their Captive Care, Breeding and Natural History.
Joyce D. Wilkerson
This is an extremely informative
book if you want to get into the nitty-gritty of what makes Nemo tick.
It has been written for aquarists wishing to raise the species, however
because of its detailed content on breeding and natural history, its audience
is far reaching, and includes the diver, underwater photographer and general
observer. Likewise, the chapers on breeding and raising provide in-depth
knowledge of the species that relates back to their natural habitat. Such
an understanding provides the casual observer and underwater photographer
with knowledge that enhances the enjoyment of appreciating these delightful
fishes, be they in their natural habitat or as a bred species.
Softcover, medium format,
240 pages, full colour throughout, many photographs and diagrams, index,
bibliography, sources and contacts. $65.00 Sorry,
no longer available.
Published by the Natural
History Museum of London.
A well produced book on
not too large a size, covering the 'coral fish': the butterfly and angelfish,
damsels, anemonefish, groupers and seabasses, wrasse; the grazers and crushers,
the bottom-dwellers, the nocturnal fishes, and the hunters.Commences with
an overview of the coral reef environment and communities, the diversity
of the species and biology. Very good, clear photographs. Very much relevant
to Australia and the Pacific.
Softcover, medium format,
112 pages, full colour throughout, index, glossary, further reading. $28.00
AND RAINBOW WRASSE AND THEIR RELATIVES
Comprehsive Guide to selected Labroids.
information on the families, genera and more than one hundred known species.
Around 1500 photographs. Hardcover, laminated board covers, 208 pages.
Well indexed with common and scientific names.
the same series as Surgeon Fishes and their Relatives, Seahorses and their
TMC Series book
FISHES (COLOURFUL LITTLE). Helmut Debelius.
excellent value hardcover book, and the definitive guide to the small tropical
reef fishes that we see hovering in and around coral heads - the Basslets,
Tilefish, Hawkfish, Cardinalfish, Damselfish, as well as Blennies and Gobies.
Debelius' work is always informative and interesting to read, matched by
appropriate mono and full colour photographs. 160 pages, hardcover.
value - limited numbers available.
AND THEIR RELATIVES
There is no finer author,
photographer and researcher than Rudie Kuiter on one of the most popular
of marine fishes, the Seahorse. Having written many books and papers on
seahorses ands pipefishes, Rudie has produced a most magnificent book on
the subject, certainly the definitive work, in one large volume covering
the world's known species. Hardcover laminated boards, A4 size, 333 pages
and in full colour throughout, we have here a book that covers over 370
diferent species including recently found animals, illustrated with more
than 1200 exceptional photographs taken in the fishes' natural habitat.
After an Introduction where the Seahorse is described in general, a detailed
Classification appears, together with a more detailed description of seahorse
identification. A chapter on Seahorses as a threatened species preceeds
a detailed section on their distribution and origin. The Seahorse in the
private aquarium consumes several pages as does the more professional aquaculture
of both tropical and sub-tropical species (with an extensive contribution
by Tom Bowling of the National Marine Science Centre at Coffs Harbour).
There is a distribution chart for Australia with a mono pages of twenty-six
‘shapes and sizes' for identification - and then we have the body of the
book, with four to fourteen or so colour photos of each specie, including
of course various stages of development from egg to juvenile to adult.
Hardcover, laminated boards, colour throughout, 333 pages, index, glossary,
reference literature. As I said - the definitive work.
Note: Readers may already
have a copy of Kuiter's Seahorses, Pipefishes and Their Relatives
published in 2003 (revised) by TMC Publishing in the UK. Rudie advises
that this new book is the most comprehensive publication of the world's
Seahorses and their relatives with more than 100 pages added and many new
PIPEFISHES AND THEIR RELATIVES
Comprehensive Guide to Syngnatbiformes. **REVISED
(laminated boards), 240 pages, more than 1000 exceptional photographs and
lone drawings covering 350 species, the total of known species in the world.
Once again Rudie Kuiter has put together a superb refence book; and the
publisher has completed the job with fine layout and quality paper. Some
of these animals are weird, some equisitly beautiful, others have unusual
mating and gestation behaviour - and why shouldn't the male carry the eggs?
An excellent reference for the marine biologist, scientist, naturalist
and serious amateur diver.
TMC Series Book.
FISHES, RABBITFISHES AND THEIR RELATIVES.
Comprehensive Guide to Acanthuroidei.
Debelius and Rudie Kuiter.
superb book from these two well-known authors, photographers, and icthyologists.
It covers in some detail the families, genera and the more than one hundred
known species in the world, illustrated with several hundred superb underwater
habitat photographs. The information provided is particulaarly useful for
all levels of interest, from the casual, to scientific, including detailed
information for those perating marine aquariums.
220 pages, full colour throughout.
TMC Series book
|FISHES - ICTHYOLOGY and GENERAL
excellent book is subtitled ‘Your Complete Guide to the Underwater World',
and covers both the techniques of fishwatching, and a biology of fishes
and invertebrates. A very useful title.
230 pages, with colour plates, and line drawings.
limited numbers available.
||THE UNDERSEA PREDATORS
Facts on File Publications,
New York. 1984. ISBN 0-87196-893-2
Hardcover, dustjacket, A-4
size prtrait, 192 pages, index, fulkl colour throughout.
This is not just about sharks
(which take up just twelve pages0, but all the fishes and invertebrates
that prey on other animals - which is just about all of them! Chapters
include Hunter Who Cannot Move; Those that Move, but Slowly; The Walkers
and Stalkers; Creatures that Glide; The Swimming Bowsers; Odd Couples;
Masters of Disguise; Defence; Ambush! - Sudden death on the Reef; Children
of the Night; and finally - Thge Classic Predators - Sharks. The final
chapter is, of course, Man-The Final Predator?
Very well thought out book
and well presented. A very good read, informative and entertaining.
Wilson and James Watson.
Coral Reef Fish Behaviour". This is a fascinating book, giving a greater
understanding of the marine world - reproduction and social life, territoriality,
symbiosis, food and eating, mobility and swimming. it is easily read, the
authors ensuring that the answers are given to the many curious questions
that confront anyone interested in marine life - how do fish smell, (terrible,
some might say), how can a clownfish live amongst the poisonous 'tentacles'
of an anemone, why do fish 'school', why are coral reef fish more colourful
than pelagics? A most valuable book.
272p, colour plates.
no longer available.
also AUSTRALIAN FISH BEHAVIOUR - Neville Coleman. Above.
& RAYS - Elasmobranch Guide of the World.
M. Hennemann. $76.00
other book worldwide gives so much information on so many species - 240
in fact, with over 600 photographs, and 33 picture stories that have made
the IKAN series so popular. Includes also for the first time deep sea species
taken from submersibles in their natural habitat. A detailed and comprehensive
description for every depicted species is provided. Location of each photo
is indicated. Approx. 320 pages, full colour throughout. A remarkable guide;
a must for the diver and marine naturalist.
SHARKS AND RAYS .
a basic identifuaction book with good sized photographs and sufficient
text top describe each species. Would make a nice gift, or a basic primer
on sharks and rays.
format, 64 pages, softcover.
MERIDIAN. The Search for the Great White Shark.
and diver Matthiessen followed internationally acclaimed underwater cinematographer
Peter Gimble in his quest to film the Great White, travelling to
the Caribean, Indian Ocean, Sri Lanka, and ‘the bleak south coast
of Australia'. This is an excellent read for anyoen interested in marine
life, particularly sharks. It includes quite a bit on Australia including
the attack on Henri Bource. But this is not a book of sensationalism. It
is exceptionally well writen and considers not only the attitudes
of those on the expeditions, but also shows a greater understanding
of the creatures that they were out to film.
dustjacket, 162 pages, mono plates.
||DANGER - SHARK!
Jean Campbell Butler.
Published in UK by The Scientific
Book Club, London, in 1965.
The book is adapted from
Sharks and Survival by Dr Perry W. Gilbert, published in the USA, with
permission from the American Institute of Biological Sciences. Hardcover,
dust jacket, 190 pages, a few line drawings.
Covers the biology of the
sharks, various species, and many statistics regarding population and distribution,
and attacks. Raises several questionss - is a shark a fish; the rogue shark
theory, public safety. An important book. [ps-top]
"Shark attacks, always a
serious menace, have increased greatly in the last few years. There are
many reasons for this increase. Since world population has been growing
so rapidly, the mathematical chances of a shark encountering a man have
risen accordingly. The proportion of the population who can afford
to travel to beaches, who learn to swim, who buy boats, water skis
and deep sea fishing equipment, is very much larger than before. Also,
the phenomenal growth of the popularity of skin diving has brought substantial
numbers of people face to face with the shark under water in a whole new
set of conditions. Lastly, sharks have probably become more abundant."
The book claims to "give the facts to a reader who is not sure whether
a shark will attack him on sight, attack only when attracted by blood,
or never attack at all unless badly provoked". The book was apparently
developed by the author from scientific papers given at the New Orleans
Shark Conference, called by the Office of Naval Research in 1958. Mrs.
Butler has written chapters on the continuing search for effective shark
repellents, and helpful advice on public safety and first aid. $25.00 Good
second-hand copy with dustjacket in protective library sleeve.
WITH SHARKS and other Adventures Dives.
practical advice for experienced divers. Jack Jackson
photographed and presented, this is an interesting books for those who
have ventured beyond the odd dive at the end of the jetty. Covers the fascinating
experieinces of diving with sharks, whales, dolphons, manta rays, and turtles,
potato cod and sea snakes, with locations throughoput the world, including
Australia of course. There is an informative section on diving in strong
currents, and wreck diving covers twelve sections including the Yongala,
Andrea Doria and Truk Lagoon, and of course the Prsident Coolidge. Finally,
the chspter on closed overhad environmnts includes cavern and sinkhole
diving, and under the Antarctic ice. A very interesting read, informative
and beautifully presented. An appendix provides a brief directory of locations
with a star graded system for experience required.
large A4 format, 160 pages, full colour througout.
& J. Parker.
vewry informative book, going beyond just identification and dispensing
with the sensationalism normally associted with ‘shark books'. In seven
excellent chapters it give a greater understamding of these magnificent
creatutes: Shark Success, Ecology and Biology, Sence and Supersenc, Design
for Living, Design for Killing, More Sharks - or Fewer?, Shark Talk.
large format, full colour throughout (and very well designed), 192 pages.
no longer available.
||FANGS OF THE SEA.
Norman Caldwell, in collaboration
with Norman Ellison.
Angus & Roberston Limited,
Sydney and London, 1939.
Hardcover, no dust jacket
my copy, 309 pages, no illustrations except a cartoon of the author.
The autobiography of a commercial
shark-catcher in Melbourne who once saw a ‘horrible looking brute' off
St Kilda and ‘decided to catch and kill sharks at every opportunity'. A
very interesting read; how fortunate we have moved in from these days when
‘shark fishing (was) a grand sport'. Note: The dust jacket shown
is off a paperback, 1966. The original 1939 edition probably had an embossed
cover with the title and author, abd probably never had a dust jacket.
We have created a pseudo dust jackeet for the hardcover edition based on
the cover of thr paperback - not a reflection on the original of course,
but it looks good and protects the book.
facsimile dustjacket as mentioned, in protective library cover.
TO AUSTRALIA'S SHARKS AND RAYS
Daly, Stevens, Last and
By the authors of the acclaimed
CSIRO publication Sharks and Rays of Australia (now out of print), this
excellent field guide allows easy recognition of species. A step guide
to identification is not only useful for iots purpose, but extremely informative
in showing how the species vary. The identification section contains two
species per page, each with a full colour photograph, and details on habitat,
teeth, full description of characteristics. A very useful book. Softcover,
84 pages, full colour throughout, common name and scientific nme index,
||GREAT SHARK WRITINGS
Edited by Valerie and Ron
Taylor, with Peter Goadby.,
The Overlook Press, New
York. 2000. ISBN 1-58567-056-1
Softcover, 326 pages, no
index, no images.
If yiu are 'into' sharks,
this is a very interesting book with, as the title demands, great sjhark
stories. Authors include Matthiessen (Blue Meroian), Benchly (Jaws), Helm
(Shark:Unpredictable Killer of the Sea); Propseri (Lord of the Wharks);
Beebe (The Arcturus Adventure); Doak (Sharks and Other Ancestors); Arhtur
C. Clarke (The Coast of Coral); Hass (Men Beneath the Sea); Heyerdahl (The
Kon-Tiki Adventure); Fitzgerald Connor (Shark-O); Caldwell (Fangs of the
Sea); William E. Young (Shark! Shark!); Grimble (A Pattern of Islands)
- incidentally, one of the best books I have ever read; Goadby (Blue Dynamite);
Zane Geay (An American Angler in Australia) - of course; Hugh Edwards (Sharks
and Shipwrecks); Perry Gilbert (Sharks and Survival); David Davies (About
Sharks and Shark Attacks); Victor Coppleson (Shark Attack); David Stead
(Sharks and Rays of Australian Seas); Vince Kelly (The Shark Arm CFase);
and of course, Ernest Hemingway (The Old Man and the Sea). And there is
a passage from the bible (Jonah and the Whale). And many more chapters.
Valerie Taylor herself has several chapters. The rnage of writing
is vast, from the biblical to the fictional - well thats both the same
but the latter may have more factual sunsence, such as Benchley's 'Jaws'.
The basiuc tenant of Jaws was true and I am surprised that the brilliant
Shadows of the Sea by McCormick, Allen and Young (see below), is not included.
Benchly told me personally, or rather hintingly agreed with me when I mentioned
that he must have taken inspiration from the book for the writing of Jaws.
I was surprised but delighted to see that Arthur Grimble's superb book
of Islands is extracted. This book is not so much about nature but
moreso of a biography of administration and the people of the Gilbert Islands
- I must read 'the shark bit' again. I would like to quote in full Valerie
Taylor's wonderful comments on the man:
Arthur Grimble wrote
of the Pacific Islands and the islanders lovingly, with humor and compassion,
but he personally had little time for sharks and, in that, reflects the
attitudes of most people. While I don't agree with him on the subject of
tiger sharks, I do think that his descriptions of his own efforts to catch
one are some of the finest writing on the subject that I have ever read,
and perhaps the funniest. There is one line in Grimble's book which we
would all do well to remember. He writes, "I gave up fishing after a few
years because I found my heart too often aching for the beauty and courage
of the things I caught." I have never met this man but I like him just
from his writing and the way he sees things. Likewise, I wish
I had met the man. $30.00
Ellis and John E.McCosker.
original photographs by Al Giddings and others. It is billed as 'the definitive
look at the most terrifying creature on earth', and were it not for
the impressive authors, one could be forgiven for thinking that this
is just another book of emotive drivel. But with the names of Ellis,
McCosker and Giddings on the cover, you have to look further, and for good
reason. Great White Shark turns out to be, indeed, the most definitive
work on the species. The photographs are graphic without being sensational,
and the text combines biological material with anecdotes, experiences,
myth and public conceptions. A truly excellent book. Softcover. medium
format, 270p, full colour.
||LORD OF THE SHARKS.
Franco Prosperi. Translated
by Camilla and Guido Roatta.
First published 1955, Hutchinson
& Co. (Publsihers) Ltd, London.
Hardcover, dustjackt, 216
pages, mono and colour plates.
From the fly: Dr. Franco
Prosperi, who is a Roman biologist, was the leader of a party of three
high-spirited young Italians who, having become fully experienced in the
new sport of underwater fishing in the Mediterranean, pioneered it in the
waters of Ceylon in 1951. Lord of the Sharks is the exceedingly engaging
account of the experiences of three young men enjoying themselves im- mensely
in very novel surroundings - a gay and youthful book, but one with its
serious side. Franco was not content merely to stalk and kill fish with
his underwater harpoon gun, but also filmed and photographed them, took
scientific notes and collected specimens. Franco, Paolo, and Carlo arrived
in the Indian Ocean with no previous local experience to guide them, but
at least they had no fear of the sharks. They found themselves able to
deal wjth them - as the remark able illustrations show - though there were
awkward moments during their first encounter and on a later occasion when
Franco was filming the harpooning of a shark by one of his companions,
and was nearly drowned because he was entangled with the harpoon line and
was dragged away when the shark fled. The expedition,. well equipped in
other respects, was short of cash. They therefore supplemented their funds
by selling part of their catch, which ranged from lobsters to sharks, and
included a quaqtity of curious submarine creatures. Indeed they were offered
permanent employment as shark-killers by an enterprisihg Ceylonese merchant.
By buying a rickety sailing craft with an unreliable auxiliary engine they
increased their mobility and sold her again on their departure from the
scene of their exuberant explorations.
excellent condition, facsimile dustjacket in protective library cover.
||MARK OF THE
True Tales of Terror from
Edited by John Long.
Softcover, 204 pages, no
index, no illustrations.
This is an excellent compendium
of fascinating shark tales, of encounters and evaluations, from seventeen
authors, many well known. Hugh Edwards and Rodney Fox represent the Aussies,
with shark experts Perry Gilbert, William Young, and Xavier Maniquet; and
others including Bret Gilliam, Marty Snyderman, Joe Jackson, and others
that I have not heard of, but now appreciate. Its not all blood and guts,
but an excellent insight into these fabulous creatures. $24
||MYTH AND MANEATER
The Story of the Shark
David Kenyon Webster
Peter Davies limited, London,
Hardcover, dustjacket, 223
pages, mono prints, bibliography, no index.
It says that the author
was at Harvard Univeristy before joining the RAF in WW2, which does not
tell you anything about the credentials of the author. (My cousin was at
Melbourn Univeristy for many years, as a gardener). The author was unfortunatel;y
lost at sea when hunting sharks off the Californian coast, and probably
did not get to see his book in print.
It contains quite a wealth
of information and is a good read.
excellent condition, with dustjacket in protective library cover.
IN THE SEA. The Sharks, Skates and Rays. Thomas B. Allen.
Originally published in
SHADOWS IN THE SEA. The
Sharks, Skates and Rays, by Harold W. McCormick, Tom Allen, and Captain
Now available in softcover
updated edition, 354 pages, mono photographs, index, bibliography.
I still maintin that this
is the best book on its subject that I have read. Divided into four parts:
Shark Against Human, Human Against Shark, Consider the Shark, Shark and
Company - it is not an identification but more directed at the life and
times of the shark species and their relationship with man - sorry, with
‘humans' as the latest edition has been politically updated. I am
convinced that Peter Benchley read this book and went off to write Jaws,
for the basic theme in Jaws was a true story, as related in Shadows in
the Sea. A wonderful book, one of my favourites, and a great contribution
to our selachian knowledge.
From the fly of the original
To anyone who has bathed
in tropical waters the word 'shark' has a very special significance. Nothing
in the great and mysterious silence of the ocean strikes so much fear as
this sinister, deadly, and evil-looking fish, the terror of the shipwrecked
sailor, the scourge of the crowded beaches of Australia, and one of the
most unusual and fascinating creatures in the animal kingdom. One can look
at the shark from many different points of view. Biologically it is peculiar,
for it has no bones. So perfectly strong and simple is its design and so
well suited to its environment that it has survived virtually unaltered
from prehistoric days before the animal world began to form bone. The rat-race
of evolution has passed it by. Then there are shark attacks. Can they be
anticipated? What sharks are dangerous? What is the best protection?
There is the mystique of the shark in the religions and tribal rituals
of. many primitive peoples. There is shark fishing, one of the most thrilling
and dangerous of sports. There is the shark as big business, for his skin,
for his oil, for his high protein value. And, to a much greater extent
than most people realize, there is the shark as food; not just such rarities
as the famous Chinese delicacy 'shark's fin soup' (with its cruel and wasteful
killing), but, under many disguises and pseudonyms, shark meat is eaten
and enjoyed everywhere - and there is a section of recipes. This is a complete
monograph on the shark and its related species, the skates and rays: authoritative,
thoroughly researched, well illustrated, and compulsively readable.
Softcover edition only available,
1996, 354 pages, mono photos and drawings. $36.00
||SHARK - O!
P. Fitzgerald O'Connor
Secker and Warburg, London;
Hardcover, dustjacket, 272
pages, mono photographs.
I thoroughly dislike seeing
photographs of dead sharks and abhor those who kill them for pleasure.
For that reason I chose not to read this book all the way through, but
my initial judgement of the book was incorrect. Apart from the adrenalin
that must rise when the hunt is on, these men, from the villages of Mull
and Muck and Rhum and Eigg, off Scotland's west coast bordering thje Sea
of the Hebrides, did not take to the sea in their tiny boat just for the
fun of it. This was their living, hunting, killing and returning to shore
with their catch so that they could feed their families. Fair enough, but
I still don't want to go into detail. But from the little I have read,
I must say this is an exceptionally well written book. I can recall a revierw
of it many decades ago and always promised myself that I would read it,
not knowing that one day I would came to appreciate these "fishes" so much.
If you are into the understanding of sharks, and the people who live off
them, read this book; it is quite brilliant. $24.00 Second-hand
copy, excellent condition but no dustjacket.
Identification guide to
the must-know species. $16.00
Leonard Compagno, Marc Dando,
One of the small Collins
Gem guides: physcally small, 80 x 115mm, but big on information. A very
handy pocket guide of 180 different species of sharks world-wide with an
introduction to shark anatomy, reproduction and evolution. Each species
is details with location of habitat, conservation status, size and diet,
breeding and of course a good general description. Softcover, 224 pages
of packed information.
Ed. Leighton Taylor.
Five Mile Press (Distributors
for Readers Digest)., Sydmey, Australia 1997.
Hardcover, dust/jkt, full
colour throughout, 288pages.
If there is a plethora of
books on sharks, it is only because of their fascination. Readers Digest
have joined the throng of publishers recognising this and have produced
an excellent book at a reasonable price. The usual identification and biology
of sharks and rays is included, providing an excellent guide to identification
and knowledge of the species. In addition, there is a superb chapter by
our own Aussie, Kevin Deacon. Titled, In the Field, it covers such relevant
material diving with sharks and rays, underwater photography and filming,
and conservation. There is also an excellent chapter on locations where
sharks and rays are prevalent. Introductory chapters include: Understanding
Sharks and Rays; Our Relationships with Sharks and Rays; Encounters with
Sharks and Rays; Myths and Legends; What is a Shark?; The Dangers of Observation;
Shark Fishing; Chnaginging Attitudes; The Nature (and Reality) of Shark
Attack; Sharks and Ray's Behing Glass; Getting Involved in Shark Conservation;
Protective Equipment; Underwaster Photography; Learning to Scuba Dive,
and Scuba, Whay You Need to Know. Other contributors include Peter Last,
Timothy Tricas, John McCosker, Terence Walker ands the editor. A superb
AND RAYS OF AUSTRALIA
Peter Last and John Stevens.
At last, after over a decade
as a much sought-after out of print book, and fourteen years since the
first edition was released, this remarkable volume has been updated and
reprinted as a second edition. It is the definitive work on elasmobranchs,
by two respected Australian research scientists/icthyologists at the CSIRO.
And it's a huge book, weighing in at over 3 kilos, hardcover, dustjacket,
A4 size, 644 pages, colour photographs, maps, drawings, charts, an extensive
index and reference bibliography, and a separate identification colour
plate section. Did I say photographs - I am not so sure - they could be
colour illustrations by Roger Swianston, so well done that they are hard
to distinguish from photographs. The bulk of the book is divided into chapters
on each of the families, showing distribution (worldwide, not just Australia),
and specific details for identification, ie general description, gills,
colour, size, distinctive features. Teeth identification is important and
well illustrated. This is not a book to read in bed - you won't find any
gory shark attack cameos here - but you will keep the book at hand. Written
by academics yes, but concise, clear and distinctly readable. $120.00
Sorry, no longer available but may still be in print.
MYTH AND REALITY - Gaetano Cafiero and Maddalena Jahoda. $64.00
photography, with scientific analysis and biological charts, drawings and
graphs. This is not one of those 'popular' sensational books on 'man-eaters'
, death and destruction. Nor is it simply a picture book on sharks. Nor
is it a guide to shark species. Sharks - Myth and Reality is a sensible
expose of the life of the shark, the habitats and specific characteristics
of the various shark species. Sure, the Great White is mentioned, but the
other species dominate for space, includiunng the harmless reef sharks
and the huge whale shark. This is quite a superb publication. (Howard Hall's
photograph of a Blue shark chomping into a school of squid is quite remarkable).
Photographers include Australians Kevin Deacon, Kelvin Aitken, Bill and
Peter Boyle, Ron and Val Taylor, and Parer Cook who I presume is Elizabeth
Parer Cook; also Bob Halstead, David Doubilet, Carl Roessler et al. Very
large format (260x360mm), 144 pages full colour on quality art paper.
White Star Publication.
OF PRINT - ONLY TWO COPIES AVAILABLE $55.00
JAWS OF DEATH
There is a Warning on the
cover of the book - "This book contains distrubing photographs". This is
not a publisher's gimmick. A sixteen-page centre section in the original
hardcover edition was indeed fully colour sealed. The photographs of shark
attack injuries are truly disturbing and may distress the reader. This
is a well researched and valuable addition to the library on shark behaviour,
and includion of the photographs of shark attack victims is appropriate.
Needless tosay, Rod Fox and Henri Bource are included, so nothing new here,
but some of the South African images are both horrifying and yet
remarkable in that (some of) the victims survived.How many of the 354 shark
species are man-eaters? How and why do sharks attack? How many attacks
are there a year and how many of these are fatal? How can shark attack
be repelled or avoided altogether? Maniguet answers all these questions
without being afraid of challenging received ideas.Best known as a survival
specialist, he is also a doctor of medicine. This is perhaps the most interesting
book on sharks since Shadows in the Sea, and Coppleson's Shark Attack.
Well written, interesting and a valuable text.
This edition softcover,
318p, illustrated. $34.00
The author, Xavier Maniguet,
died in an aircrash in March 2009. Maniquet, 62 years old, was an experienced
pilot, a flying instructor, who was killed when a gust of wind caught his
aircraft on the Etendard glacier near the French alpine resort of Saint-Sorlin-d'Arves.
he was a remarkable man, skilled in many outdoor purssuites - an expert
diver, a parhutist, an acrobatic pilot, sailor, and medical doctor specialising
in diving injuries, hyperbaric medicine and aeronautical health. He was
also an author of several books on survival - and The Jaws of Death.
What is little known, except no doubt by the New Zealandd police, is that
he was one of the men responsible for the sinking of the Greenpeace flagship
Rainbow Warrier in Auckland in 1985. Added to his career cv is the fact
that Maniqquet was a French secret sservice agent, and his role in the
demise of the Rianbow Warrior and photographer Fernando Pereira who was
on board that fatal day, was to smuggle in the explosives on the yacht
Ouvea which out the Rainbow Warrior on the seabed and sparked exuberant
international dialogue, especially between New Zealand and France. Still
as a secreet agent, he later was involved in the secret service mission
to free French hostages in Somalia just recently. He was quite a man.
||THE SECRET LIFE OF SHARKS
- The Mysteries of Shark Behaviour.
A. Peter Klimely, PdD.
(From the blurb). Most people
think of sharks at all think immediately of great white sharks. But there
are more than four hundred species of shark. Dr. Klimley has studied several
species, most notably the great white and the hammerhead. He describes
the great white as the athlete among sharks, and the hammerhead as the
Ph.D. of the shark world.) In The
Secret Life of Sharks Dr.
Klimley reveals the significant discoveries he made about hammerhead navigation
and great white eating habits. By studying hammerheads gathered
around underwater seamounts,
Dr. Klimley learned that hammerheads rely on sophisticated tracking of
ocean-floor magnetism to navigate. His long-term study of great white sharks
off the California coast demonstrated that these huge sharks prefer to
eat seals and sea lions because of the energy contained in their fatty
bodies. They are selective eaters, not the man-eaters we expect, and they
sometimes go weeks between meals. But Dr. Klimley did observe a ritualized
behavior that great whites practice in order to avoid deadly disputes over
prey that one shark has captured and another wants.
292 pages, mono prints, source material, index. $48.00.
DAYS OF TERROR
A Definitive Investigation
of the 1916 New Jersey Shark Attacks.
The true story of "Jaws".
Is this where Peter Benchly got his inspiration? I hve no doubt that is
so, for the basic premise behind Jaws was true - the inability of the public
to accept that a rogue shark could exist, and once the facts were clear,
the inability for a seaside town's business leaders to accept the truth.
From the blurb: In July 1916, with the USA entangled in World War
I and New York City in the throes of a deadly polio epidemic, the population
thronged the Jersey Shore in search of respite from the stifling midsummer
heat. However, the Atlantic's refreshing waters proved to be utterly inhospitable.
In a shockingly brief span of just twelve days, a marauding shark (or sharks)
violently and fatally mauled four swimmers. A fifth was seriously injured,
escaping within inches of his life. By the third week of July, national
newspapers were headlining "battles against man-eating sharks" above the
battles of war across the ocean. Dr. Richard G. Fernicola spent nearly
two decades researching and writing about this once-in-a-millennium event;
e carefully examines clues and reconstructs evidence in an effort to resolve
what scientists have been arguing over for decades. Was a rogue shark or
a school of sharks responsible? Was it a bull shark or a great white shark?
Was the shark's motivation hunger, fear, or something unknown? Through
primary sources and face-to-face interviews with witnesses, Fernicola pieces
together a conclusive-if controversial-theory regarding the character and
the cause of the mysterious attacks.Hardcover, dustjacket, 330 pages, mono
prints, bibliography, index. $42.00
DIGEST - EXPLORES SHARKS.
good, concise book expertly written as would be expected from Readers Digest.
Covers the environment, identification, behaviour and intehration with
colour, medium format, 160 pages, hardcover, dustjacket.
no longer available.
are dozens of books about sharks, but what makes this one special is that
it reads ‘like a novel' with person experiences interspersed with fact
- and legend. A very interesting book for anyone interested in these magnificent
- THEIR CAUSES AND AVOIDANCE
Thomas B. Allen.
Softcover, 294 pages, colour
and mono prints.
Documents sharks atacks
throughout the world looking at the reasons for the attacks and determining
if there is a pattern (ie rougue attacks), and what causes the attacks.
Seeks also to determine shark behaviour in the various species, and which
sharks are prone to attack. Extensive section on Australia.
||SHARK ATTACK! The
Dangers Lurking in Australian Waters.
Not another book on shark
attacks, you may well ask. Published in 2003, it does bring us up to date
with more recent attack, particularly the three tragic attacks in the year
2000. It also, of course, covers some of the other fatal attacks that have
made headlines at some time or other, and includes the tales of survival
from such men as Rod Fox and Henri Bource. For education and amusement,
there are sections on shark legends, shark mysteries (The Shark Arm Case
naturally), what to do to avoid shark attack (go to Ayers Rock!!), shark
humour and if you want to get your own back, shark recipies. And how the
great Aussie golfing loser (sorry, legend) Greg Norman got his rather inappropriate
nickname. The author is a Melbourne based journalist, and fisherman, who
claims a love-hate relationship with sharks. This is a well written book,
very interesting, and despite the cover, does not gratuitously exploit
the ‘danger' of the shark, but tells it as it is.
Softcover, 256 pages, some
ATTACK. Dr. Victor Coppleson.
Study of Swimmers, Surfers, Skin Divers, Shipwreck Survivors and Sharks.
is the major work on shark attacks in Australia and overseas up to the
time of its publication. It is both authorative, scientific and entertaining
and although quite senational, it is not written for that effect. The author
is Australian. Hardcover, dustjacket, 266 pages, many mono prints. First
published in 1958. Now well out of print. We occasionally have good quality
second hand copies, with original dust jacket when available, or computer
generated cover taken from the original.
Prices in the range of $45.00
available at the moment.
Attacks in Australian Waters. A good read, and more up to date than Coppleson.
Includes Fox and Bource - and the incredible Shark Arm Murder Case.
164 pages, mono photos.
- THE SHADOW BELOW
good book should provide both entertainment and education. Hugh Edwards
has done this admirably in an excellent book about one of life's most misunderstood
creatures. He examines the reversal of human attitudes toward sharks since
the 1950s when the only good shark was considered to be a dead one, and
shows how public opinion had gone full circle and now ensures their protection.
Combining real-life incidents with natural history, the author has provided
a book which will give the reader a much better insight into the life of
the shark, and their place in the oceans. He covers the myths and the mysteries,
the tragedies and the terror, at all times relating back to the shark,
and the human, psyche. A very important book to give us a greater understanding
of these incredible creatures.
360 pages, colour plates. $26.95 Info
on the author.
Published by the Natural
History Museum of London, this is an interesting book at great value covering
shark biology and behaviour, 'the world before jaws', great whites and
their relatives, requiem sharks, shark attack, and a number of other chapters.
Not for species identification - for a better understanding of these magnificent
Softcover, medium format,
112 pages, full oplour, index, further reading, internet rsources.
the one copy left.
RAYS OF AUSTRALIA
A handy identification and
fact book, well designed with good photographs and text. A quality production.
Just the book to have at hand when a quick identification is required.
And the text is informative.
Small format, softcover
(laminated folded card), full colour throughout, 96 pages, index.
the one copy left.
no longer available.
||SHARKS AND RAYS OF AUSTRALIAN
David G. Stead
Angus & Robertson Ltd,
Sydnet et al. 1963.
Hardcover, dutjacket, 211
pages, mono prints, drawings, classification of elasmobranchs, index.From
the fly: Naturalist David Stead made the study of fishes the work
of a lifetime, and this book on the Australian
sharks and rays was the
last of his writings, for he died just as it was finished. A lively, readable
book, it is simply written but provides precise s<;:ientific
information. It deals with all the known species of sharks and rays in
our waters, ranging from familiar and harmless species like the Port Jackson
Shark to oddly named. creatures like the Angel Shark and Goblin Shark and
dangerous monsters of terrible aspect like the Great Sawfish and the Black
Stingray. The author begins by des- cribing in a short general chapter
the form of the sharks and rays, the differences between them and the true
fishes, their breeding habits, and so on. lIe then takes the species in
turn, examining them and their habits in more detail. Some of the best
reading in the book concerns shark attacks and their typical pattern, in
which David Stead took a special interest. Most of the species are illustrated,
there is an appendix for lhe more technically minded reader that
gives the classification of the various species, and the book contains
a useful index.
a scarce book, and considering its information value, a desirable book
to have for anyone interested in elasmobranchs. Sorry - but we have
sold our one copy.
Springer & Joy Gold.
has been put out by the Smithsonian Institute so has some measure of credibility
from that fact alone. There are dozen of "shark books' on the market, but
I am always on the lookout for something that is new, interesting and informative.
And this book meets the criteria. It is divided into five sections - part
one answers some thirty specific questions - do sharks sleep?, how long
do they live?, how do they detect prey, do they make sounds?; part two
covers ten ‘super sharks', and what characterises their species - the great
white, whale, hammerhead, blue, thresher etc; part three covers shark attack,
and a very sensible coverage it is; part four concerns Sharks and Us -
of what use are they to us, can we learn more; part five contains a classification.
There is also an glossary, a very comprehensive bibliography, and an index.
Softcover, colour plates, mono drawings, 186 pages.
Dr. John E. Randall.
The author is a well established
ichthyologist and prolific author, with a particular interest in the Red
Sea. This excellent volume covers the bilogy of the region's sharks, evolution
history, man's involvement with sharks - and follows with a classification
of the species found.
Hardcover, dustjacket, A4
size, 148 pages, mainly line drawings and paintings with some photographs.
Written and photographed
by a well known icthyologist and diver who lives in Tahiti, this book has
been in print since 1978, with another edition in 1984. During its time
it was a standard referenc on the subject. Chapters include: the devine
predators, the benevolent benefactors, man and the marauder. These are
followed by an extensive section on each specie indicating morphology,
dustribution, habitat, repoduction, feeding and disposition, the latter
being most intriguing.
Softcover, 170 pages, full
colour throughout with some line drawings, index, bibliography.
to be now well out of print. We have one second-hand copy available, in
very good condition. $28.00
OF TROPICAL & TEMPERATE SEAS.
full colour standard book format guide. Includes identification and biology,
with an excellent coverage on behaviour, perhaps one of the most useful
books on the subject. Many photos.
longer available - was reprinted as Sharks of Polynesia.
||SHARKS - SILENT HUNTERS
OF THE DEEP.
Published by Reader's Digst.
Arguably the finest
book on sharks - factual without sensationalism, yet fascinating to read.
Marvellous photographs. Contributors include Perry Gilbert, Peter
Goadby, Ron and Val Taylor, Scott Johnson, Noel Kemp, Nick Otway
and Julian Pepperell, all marine biologistss or someone with a great affinity
and knowledge of the subject. The book is divided into three sections -
World of Sharks considers its biology and habitat over six chapters. Men
and Sharks considers the relationship between us and them, and thus centres
on shark attack, and protection, with some fascinating stories - and covers
the incredible Sydney aquarium 'Shark Arm Murder'. The final six chapters,
in Facts About Sharks and Shark Attack, includes a few fallacies, and global
patterns of attack. The full colour photos and many diagrams are excellent
as would be expected from Readers Digest. Hardcover, dustjacket,
full colour throughout, 208 pages. $48.00 Sorry,
no longer available. Now well out of print.
Well worth trying to fiond a second-hand copy.
||THE SHARK CHRONICLES
John A. Musick & Beverley
A Scientist Tracks the Consummate
This is a very entertaining
and educational book, very well written in a first-hand narrative manner.
It contains a wealth of information on sharks and shark behaviour from
original research and actual experience by the authors. I was fascinated
by their research on drag, the friction of the shark body that retards
in-water speed; their heating mechanism that allows the warm-blooded creatures
to survive in cold seas; the ‘bite-and-spit' procedure of shark predatory
movement, and of course their remarkable ability to ‘smell'. An original
and important work in the fascinating field of the elasmobranchs.
Hardcover, dust jacket,
242 pages, index, and not a single photo or drawing - just the facts.
SHARKS - The Giants of Ninagaloo Reef.
is important but having an affinity with the subject is the essence of
a great book. It takes only minutes to realise that author Dr Geoff Taylor
has all it takes to write, photograph and produce a memorable book, indeed
a valuable contribution to marine science. Yet Whale Sharks is an immensely
readable book and one that anyone interested in the sea would enjoy. The
photographs are superb - and interesting - something lacking in many books
on marine life. The text is fascinating being both educational and entertaining.
I have only experienced diving with a whale shark once but Taylor's book
has brought back many memories. For those who have not had the real experience
go to Ningaloo - or read Whale Sharks.
dustjacket, A4 size 176p, full colour, bibliography, index.