Journey into the Deep: Discovering New Ocean Creatures


Have you ever wondered what mysteries the ocean holds Prepare to explore the ocean from sunlit shallows to the deepest, darkest depths. Along the way, you'll meet many incredible creatures that are brand-new to science.

Dive to a coral reef and spot a new species of pygmy octopus. Travel deeper and discover fragile, nearly transparent jellies as they drift past. Then head down into a world of eternal night. You'll encounter animals that make ...

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Have you ever wondered what mysteries the ocean holds Prepare to explore the ocean from sunlit shallows to the deepest, darkest depths. Along the way, you'll meet many incredible creatures that are brand-new to science.

Dive to a coral reef and spot a new species of pygmy octopus. Travel deeper and discover fragile, nearly transparent jellies as they drift past. Then head down into a world of eternal night. You'll encounter animals that make their own light and zombie worms that feast on the bones of dead whales.

Your adventure is based on the real journeys of scientists involved in the Census of Marine Life. From 2000 to 2010, more than two thousand researchers from eighty-two countries carried out the most extensive investigation of ocean life ever attempted.

Author Rebecca L. Johnson takes readers to research sites around the globe, showing how ocean scientists do their work. Stunning photographs throughout bring readers face-to-face with some of the most mesmerizing creatures on Earth.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Judy Crowder
Readers opening this remarkable book for the first time will quickly realize that it is an adventure for the eyes. Pages are mostly black, illuminated by wondrous creatures that seem to light up from within (in some cases, they actually do). This book, with an introduction by the renowned scientist Sylvia Earle, takes the lucky reader from the shoreline's edge to, as the author puts it, "the unfathomable deep." And what a journey it is! "If aliens came looking for life on earth they would first probably dive into the sea," says Earle. That dive would take the explorer from sunny, seaweed habitats where schools of fish swim and coral reefs are home to beautiful corals, lovely nudibranches (sea slugs), sea cucumbers, and octopus down through open water where zooplankton and sea jellies swim. An ROV (remotely operated vehicle) with its lights and cameras take over in deeper water where incredible animals such as deep sea coral, sea stars, tube worms, and a dazzling collection of critters that have adapted to cold, dark waters. Scientists, riding in submersible vehicles, may discover deep ocean-dwellers never seen before. Examples of newly discovered animals include a tiny blind lobster, a see-through sea cucumber making its way across the sea floor, more varieties of comb jellies, and deep sea snailfish. This is a thoroughly engaging book with breathtaking photo illustrations plus clear, compelling text. Reviewer: Judy Crowder
School Library Journal
Gr 5–9—The Census of Marine Life was conducted globally between 2000 and 2010 by more than 2000 researchers, and this book takes readers with the scientists from the shallows to the ocean depths in their quest to identify species. Picture-book size and packed with exhilarating photographs of astonishing underwater creatures, the narrative describes the work of the scuba divers, often using the second-person voice for immediacy. These census takers used such tools as light boxes to count and capture nighttime reef creatures and an ROV (remotely operated underwater vehicle) where necessary. They also extracted DNA from various creatures in order to construct a library of ocean life and made contour maps of the ocean floor using sound waves. Text boxes explain technical concepts such as chemosynthesis, marine snow, moving plates, DNA, and water pressure. Pungent quotes from marine scientists are sprinkled throughout. Sometimes there's so much information on each spread that it's almost distracting, but the photos are excellent in quality and plentiful. This engaging volume is fun for browsing, useful for assignments, and inspiring for budding marine scientists.—Frances E. Millhouser, formerly at Chantilly Regional Library, Fairfax County, VA
Kirkus Reviews

This strikingly illustrated book takes its readers on a series of research voyages exploring the ocean from its shallow edges to unfathomable depths during the recently completed ten-year International Census of Marine Life. Clearly organized text and pictures combine to introduce newly discovered marine creatures of all kinds: the Big Red jellyfish, with a bell the size of a door; mussels surrounding deep brine pools and feeding on methane-eating bacteria; zombie worms on a whale skeleton. Readers are invited to imagine diving in open water, exploring continental slopes inside a submersible vehicle, sorting through muck from the ocean bottom and sitting in a shipboard control structure watching displays from a remotely operated underwater vehicle. The excitement and challenge of discovery is tangible. Scientific photographs printed on blue-to-black background (darkening as the text descends into the depths) illustrate animals mentioned in a nicely legible text, mostly printed in white. There are clear captions, quotations from involved scientists and sidebars explaining important concepts like bioluminescence and chemosynthesis. Diagrams indicate where the voyage takes place. Rich, revealing and rewarding. (glossary, source notes, selected bibliography, suggestions for further learning, index, acknowledgements)(Nonfiction. 8-14)

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Meet the Author

Rebecca L. Johnson has written dozens of award-winning books about science for children and young adults. She met and corresponded with Census of Marine Life scientists from all over the world in her research for Journey into the Deep. An avid scuba diver, Ms. Johnson has journeyed into the abyss several times in the Johnson-Sea-Link submersible to see creatures similar to those featured in this book. She lives with her husband and two Bengal cats in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

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