||ABALONE DIVING IN TASMANIAN
The Men, The Boats, The Island Coastline, this is the only book on this
lucrative aspect of professional diving and in Australia. Written by one
of the 'characters' of the industry, it's sixty-six chapters, or sections,
cover not only the experience of abalone diving, but the biology of abalone
(briefly), the history of the industry, shipwrecks, weather, the terrain,
accidents and underwater physiology - and a marvellous few paragraphs entitled
'Everywhere I go I meet the Village Idiot', which ungraciously refers to
encounters with Parks and Wildlife officers. Knight's book is a valuable
contribution to diving and industrial archaeology as it serves to document
events over the past few decades. Published in 1985. 224 pages, medium
format, with mono and colour photographs. $38.00
now well out of print, no copies available. Very scarce.
An excellent cookbook on
the right thing to do with the catch.
Large format, softcover,
96p, colour.Jane Aspinwal.
||CATCHING AND COOKING
SEAFOOD AROUND AUSTRALIA
Paul Cross and Victoria
Softcover, 160 pages, numerous
maps, colour photographs.
At last, a very useful book
on where to catch seafood, and what to do with it. Covers not only fish,
but also crustaceans and molluscs in general, and specific chapters on
abalone, blue swimmer crabs, crays (freshwater nd ocean), mussels, oysters,
prawns, squid. There are also several sections on spearfishing, diving
and snorkelling. I like the ‘hotspots' headings that direct you to great
spearfishing or abalone or whatever locations, scattered throughout the
book. Regulation sizes for all seafood are mentioned. Now I know what to
do with abalone so it doesn't taste like a thong. A great book for divers,
and the only one I am aware of on catching and cooking seafood. Very nicely
IN THE OCEAN
Careers in Diving.
Denise V. Lang.
Quite interesting for anyone
contemplating a career in the fickle world of sport or commercial diving.
Not too deep - just sufficient information.
Hardcover with dust jacket.
140p, many photos, no colour.
What's this doing in a dive
catalog? For those who have dived Malaysia's Sipadan Island there is no
need to ask as you will surely visit the Sepilok Orang-Utan Sanctuary.
Paperback, 217 pages.
Ron & Val Taylor.
Interesting reading of a
courageous experiment, of Valerie wearing a chain-mail suit. But really,
why did they bother? I suppose it saves wearing a weight-belt. Stll, it
was an interesting experiment.
Soft, 64p, colour.
10 May 2013
HERMAN MELVILLE - MOBY DICK
They really require no description. Who has not heard
of the one-legged Ahab, obsessed with the cause of his affliction; and
Profesor Aronnax, equally obsessed in his quest to rid the seas of a monster,
only to find that the ‘monster' is Captain Nemo of the Nautilus.
These Wordsworth Classics editions are complete and unabridged. Softcover,
JULES VERNE - TWENTY THOUSAND LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA
Softcover, 244 pages.