Can Squid Fly?: Answers to 101 More Questions About the Sea, the Life Within It and the Forces Surrounding It

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Can Squid Fly reveals over 70 engrossing explanations for a mix of questions and ponderings about the sea, the bounty of life within it and the forces surrounding it.

Sequel to the popular Do Whales Get the Bends? this new collection of entertaining bite-sized accounts is brought to life with the author's own drawings and captivating photographs. For anyone with an interest in the sea, this is a feast of facts and figures to satisfy the curious...

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Overview

Can Squid Fly reveals over 70 engrossing explanations for a mix of questions and ponderings about the sea, the bounty of life within it and the forces surrounding it.

Sequel to the popular Do Whales Get the Bends? this new collection of entertaining bite-sized accounts is brought to life with the author's own drawings and captivating photographs. For anyone with an interest in the sea, this is a feast of facts and figures to satisfy the curious mind - a delightful bunkside or armchair read!

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Editorial Reviews

Nautical Magazine
A valuable and often fascinating volume. This is an excellent purchase - and good value.
Lifeboat
This book records over 100 of the most frequently asked sea-related questions in an informal and light-hearted and manner. It would make a perfect present for older children and adults alike.
Ocean Challenge
I recommend that you delve in as it won't disappoint.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781574093063
  • Publisher: Sheridan House, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/21/2011
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: What's it all about? vi

I Life in the Oceans 1

1 How many different creatures live in the oceans? 1

2 Why do animals and plants have unpronounceable Latin names? 3

3 What is the International Code of Zoological Nomenclature? 6

4 What are red tides? 8

5 What are foraminiferans and radiolarians? 9

6 Are corals animals? 13

7 Do sea wasps sting? 17

8 What are the echinoderms? 18

9 What makes a crab a crab? 19

10 What are barnacles? 24

11 What is the blue-ringed octopus? 27

12 Can squid fly? 27

13 Why do you find turtles wandering around in the open ocean? 31

14 Could the story of Jonah and the whale be true? 32

15 Where does the name 'whale' come from? 40

16 Do all whales live in the sea? 40

17 How long do whales live - and how do we know? 41

18 What is the difference between seals and sea lions? 43

II Edible Marine Biology 45

19 What are scallops? 46

20 How did scallops get their name? 48

21 What are green-lipped mussels? 50

22 What is tomalley? 51

23 What are 'seafood sticks' or 'crab sticks'? 52

24 When is a pollack not a pollack? 53

25 What are monkfish? 54

26 What are basa fish? 55

27 What are sea bass? 56

28 What are sea bream? 57

29 What is the orange roughy? 57

30 What are butterfish? 59

31 What are swordfish? 60

32 What are black halibut? 61

33 What is hoki? 62

34 What is coley? 62

III Ocean Facts and Figures 64

35 Is there a maximum depth that things will sink to in the ocean? 64

36 Did the Mediterranean really dry up once? 66

37 How narrow (or wide) is the Strait of Gibraltar? 67

38 Why is the Black Sea called the Black Sea? 69

39 What is the Black Sea deluge theory? 70

40 Where and what is the Sargasso Sea? 73

41 Is there really such a thing as the Bermuda Triangle? 76

42 What is the deep sea floor made of? 77

43 What are manganese nodules? 79

44 What are methane clathrates? 82

45 Why is there oil and gas under the sea floor? 83

46 What is the SOFAR channel? 85

47 Why should oceanographers be interested in rubber ducks? 86

IV Fishing 89

48 How much fish do we take from the oceans? 89

49 Why are there so many Chinese fishing boats around the world? 92

50 How important is fish farming? 93

51 What is the Marine Stewardship Council? 94

52 How sustainable are trawl fisheries? 95

53 What are Marine Protected Areas? 99

54 Who controls whaling? 100

55 What is aboriginal subsistence whaling? 104

56 What is the Marine Conservation Society? 106

57 What is the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society? 106

V Ships and Sailors 108

58 What is a great circle route? 108

59 Why is a ship's bridge called a bridge? 111

60 When do eight bells toll? 112

61 Why do sailors always seem to be painting? 113

62 Why do ships need pilots? 115

63 How do stabilisers work? 115

64 What is the connection between Lloyd's Register, Lloyd's of London and Lloyds Bank? 116

65 Who are Maersk? 117

66 What are container ships? 118

67 What are Pure Car Carriers? 120

68 What are bulk carriers? 121

69 What are LNG and LPG ships? 121

70 What are Suezmax and Panamax ships? 122

VI Rubbish in the Oceans 124

71 What is the International Maritime Organisation? 125

72 What is MARPOL? 126

73 What is echo-sounding? 129

74 What is the Great Pacific Garbage Patch? 132

75 What are nurdles? 135

VII Wind, Waves and Weather 137

76 What causes all those strange marks on the surface of the ocean? 137

77 What is El NiƱo? 140

78 What causes marine mirages? 144

79 Do volcanoes contribute to global warming? 147

Further Reading 148

Index 150

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