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Gr 1-4- Award-winning photographer O'Neill introduces readers to coral reefs, kelp forests, and the ocean bottom. Especially stunning are the photos of the Hairy Frogfish, an incredibly camouflaged member of the Anglerfish family that prowls off the coast of Florida. Nevertheless, the colorful creatures of the coral reef are the stars of this book. The author's strong support of conservation comes through loud and clear in his narrative, and photographs amplify this message by showing the amazing life-forms that could be lost. Shark highlights several species, including the breathtaking Scalloped Hammerhead of the eastern Pacific. Views of the creatures' prey provide variety, and particularly eye catching is the picture of the giant Napoleon Wrasse snapped with the lens partly above and partly below its shallow habitat. Without underplaying the fearsome and highly developed hunting skills of sharks, O'Neill stresses the importance of predators' roles in maintaining the balance of ocean life. The spectacular full-color images in these works make them beautiful additions.-Frances E. Millhouser, formerly at Chantilly Regional Library, Fairfax County, VACopyright 2008 Reed Business Information.