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By David C. Powell, Sylvia A. Earle

This attractive memoir offers one man's lifelong love of the sea and offers a hugely own, behind-the-scenes examine California's wonderful and cutting edge aquariums. David Powell, for a few years curator of the world-renowned Monterey Bay Aquarium, tells the tale of his existence as a pioneering aquarist. From dealing with nice white sharks to transporting soft fish on bumpy airplanes to nighttime diving for fish within the Indian Ocean, A Fascination for Fish describes a few of the mind-boggling demanding situations that make glossy aquariums attainable and gives an fascinating glimpse underneath the ocean's floor.

Powell's profession in diving and aquarium improvement is going again to the start of recent equipment in either components. From the early options he devised to get fish into aquariums alive and fit to his later exploratory dive to a intensity of 11 hundred toes in a two-person submarine, Powell's action-packed narrative evokes laughter, ask yourself, and philosophical mirrored image. A Fascination for Fish additionally contains many tales approximately Powell's diving adventures at the California coast, within the Sea of Cortez, and in lots of distant and unique destinations all over the world.

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The extensible tip is like a needle and can pierce their prey, while the razor-sharp inner edge of the hinged arm can slice their prey in half. It’s the animal equivalent of a Swiss army knife! ” The e¤ectiveness of mantis shrimp tools became vividly clear to me when, back on the boat, I scooped one up in my dive mask to transfer it to another container. It shot out its weapon and pierced clear through the tough rubber of the mask; unable to pull out, it just helplessly hung there. Another time, I was temporarily moving a mantis shrimp out of my home aquarium to clean the tank.

I was sometimes invited along if they didn’t have a full load of paying customers; this gave me the opportunity to dive in places I couldn’t reach in my little boat. One of the most spectacular and memorable sites we visited was the Farnsworth Bank seamount on the far side of the island. It wasn’t really a bank, more like a rocky pinnacle jutting up from deep water to within sixty feet of the surface. The location on the seaward side of Catalina Island meant there was almost always a strong current or surge from the swells rolling in from the open Pacific Ocean.

Through ignorance, we treated John’s wounds with ice—exactly the wrong thing to do, we later found out, and it no doubt made John su¤er more. We eventually learned that the most e¤ective treatment is to immerse the wound in very hot water. Heat denatures the toxin, and the worst of the pain disappears almost immediately. John’s ordeal was a dramatic demonstration of the e¤ectiveness of intense pain as a defense. Few predators will mess with a scorpionfish more than once. marineland of the pacific 25 s t re e tc a r re e f s In the 1960s, sportfishermen and fisheries biologists became interested in establishing artificial reefs in flat, featureless sandy or muddy bottom areas.

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