Deep Sea Life

Deep Sea Life

by Jinny Johnson
     
 

Almost three-quarters of our planet is covered by water, and these watery worlds are home to an amazing variety of plant and animal life.

Sunlight reaches only about 655 ft (200 m) below the surface of the sea. Below that, the light fades until there is total darkness. Despite the darkness, here we find the homes of some extraordinary creatures, including fish

Overview

Almost three-quarters of our planet is covered by water, and these watery worlds are home to an amazing variety of plant and animal life.

Sunlight reaches only about 655 ft (200 m) below the surface of the sea. Below that, the light fades until there is total darkness. Despite the darkness, here we find the homes of some extraordinary creatures, including fish that create their own light and seabed animals that look like feathery plants.

With vivid photographs and clear text, Deep Sea Life is a fascinating introduction to this little-known environment.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Judy Crowder
From the beginnings of time, humankind has looked at any body of water, be it pond, lake or sea, and wondered, "What is at the bottom?" For a long time, the deep ocean was less explored than space. Now, with manned and unmanned subs that can dive deeper than ever, we know more about the deep sea as well as the creatures that live and thrive in harsh deep sea habitats. This book, part of the "Watery Worlds" series, gives the young reader an overview of what might live at various ocean depths. What amazing creatures! Think what challenges they face: darkness, cold, deep sea thermal vents that could cook a fish rather than provide compatible habitat. Pressure is great and there is little or no light. Prey is far from plentiful and hard to spot, so deep sea creatures must adapt with huge eyes, like the barreleye fish, or big mouths that can eat anything that comes along, like gulper eel. Some, like the black swallower, have stomachs that can expand to digest huge meals. Animals like the deep sea cucumber or sea lily stays in one place and waits for prey to come to them. Then there is avoiding predators. The deep sea shrimp, when threatened, spits out a luminous liquid that not only confuses their predators, but sticks to them so the predators' predators can find them. Especially interesting is the author's description of what happens when a dead whale carcass sinks to the bottom of the sea. Unfortunately, as the book points out, pollution from dumped waste reaches even the deepest depths. The text is well-written and most illustrations are eye-catching, although some are dark and details are hard to see. Some creatures are interestingly described but there are no pictures, which will be disappointing for young readers. The book includes information about the Pacific Ocean, glossary and index. Reviewer: Judy Crowder

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781599205038
Publisher:
Black Rabbit Books
Publication date:
08/01/2011
Series:
Watery Worlds Series
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.30(w) x 10.50(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range:
7 - 10 Years

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