Creeps from the Deep

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Underwater photographer Norbert Wu and jounalist Leighton Taylor dive to the ocean's depths to show us the fascinating creatures living there. Learn why the light fish glows, how mega-mouth finds food, and how 10-foot long worms survive near the earth's core. Detailed, yet understandable, explanations of pressure and temperature bring the cold and mysterious underwater world to life, while descriptions of the unusual animals that live in the depths will fascinate young readers curious about the sea. Incredible ...
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Underwater photographer Norbert Wu and jounalist Leighton Taylor dive to the ocean's depths to show us the fascinating creatures living there. Learn why the light fish glows, how mega-mouth finds food, and how 10-foot long worms survive near the earth's core. Detailed, yet understandable, explanations of pressure and temperature bring the cold and mysterious underwater world to life, while descriptions of the unusual animals that live in the depths will fascinate young readers curious about the sea. Incredible color photographs, sidebars, and a detailed glossary accompany this engaging text and make Creeps from the Deep a useful tool for classrooms and libraries.

In text and photographs, presents what is known about the deep ocean and the exotic creatures that live there.

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Children's Literature - Judy Chernak
A gorgeous book about scary-looking creatures of all shapes and sizes who make their home underwater, this is sure to be a hit with the "Ooh!" and "Yuck!" crowd. The fascinating facts are presented in a lively tone and include chapters on water pressure, diving subs, and the topography of the ocean floor. One section deals with "Deep-Sea Matchmaking" and details how certain anglerfish literally stick together from the time of mating for the rest of their lives. Imagine the mock horror that will engender!
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Gr 4-7Beginning with a vivid description of the ocean depths and examples of pressure measurement, Taylor sets the scene for an introduction to some menacing, exotic creatures. For over a century, scientists in bizarre-looking apparatus have gone deeper and deeper to study life on the bottom of the ocean. They also use remote-control cameras to do their searching. Although the depths are cold, researchers have found warm-water marine animals living in "vent communities" of hot water coming from volcanic vents in the ocean floor. The informative text is complemented by colorful photos, many of which are full page. Lionel Bender's Creatures of the Deep (Gloucester, 1989; o.p.) covers sea life, but doesn't describe the ocean depths. Deborah Kovacs and Kate Madin's Beneath Blue Waters (Viking, 1996) is more technical in tone and for a slightly older audience. Taylor makes this fascinating world very accessible.Kathleen McCabe, East Meadow Public Library, NY
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780811812979
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books LLC
  • Publication date: 10/28/1997
  • Pages: 48
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.40 (w) x 10.38 (h) x 0.42 (d)

Meet the Author

Leighton R. Taylor is a marine biologist, writer, and educator who lives in Northern California.

Norbert Wu has had his writing, photography, and cinematography of marine life shown in hundreds of magazines, books, and films, including National Geographic, Omni, and Outside. In addition, he has worked for such prestigious organizations as the Smithson

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