Poseidon's Steed: The Story of Seahorses, from Myth to Reality

Poseidon's Steed: The Story of Seahorses, from Myth to Reality

by Helen Scales Ph.D.

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ISBN-13: 9781592405817
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/02/2010
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 837,151
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.40(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Helen Scales, PhD, is a marine biologist based in Cambridge, England. Her doctorate involved searching for giant, endangered fish in Borneo; she’s also tagged sharks in California and once spent a year cataloging all the marine life she could find surrounding a hundred islands in the Andaman Sea. Helen is now a freelance researcher and broadcaster; she appears regularly on BBC Radio 4, Sky News, and the BBC World Service, and has presented documentaries on topics such as whether people will ever live underwater, the science of making and surfing waves, and the intricacies of sharks’ minds. She is also scientific advisor to the charity Sea Changers, a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, and a tutor at the University of Cambridge.

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"Effectively examines the seahorse's chameleon qualities, as well as the phenomenon of males giving birth-the only such instance in the animal kingdom. The author is also adept at delineating the seahorse's alleged healing powers, and she offers a fascinating study in the history of aquariums and the pursuit of 'queer fish' [...] the author makes a solid case for a rare and wondrous creature." - Kirkus

"A true natural history book, covering all aspects of the seahorse's involvement in the world [...] Scales is a marine biologist, and her fascination with the subject (she learned to scuba dive in order to observe this remarkable creature) shines through in her easy-to-read style and the way she uses the seahorse as a hook to discuss broader subjects [...] This is sure to appeal to both teens and readers interested in the natural world." -Library Journal

"This seems to be just about the perfect book: small, delicate, elegant, charming, unusual, fascinating and uniquely memorable, a classic of its kind. In fact, now I come to think of it, Poseidon's Steed is itself a sort of seahorse of the book world." -Simon Winchester

"This gem of a book has all the charm, passion, and compassion that one could look for in a great, relaxing read. Helen Scales is such a delightful writer and traveling guide that you won¦t even realize how much you¦re learning. Open the cover, go for a ride, have fun with this book. It¦s perfect for the beach." --Carl Safina, author of Song for the Blue Ocean, Eye of the Albatross, and Voyage of the Turtle

"In this eye-opening book, Helen Scales reveals the heretofore well- kept secrets of what is probably the most fascinating and enigmatic of all the fish in the sea, the tiny, horse-headed, vertical swimming, tube-mouthed, prehensile-tailed, male brood-pouched Hippocampus; evolutionary mystery (how could such a creature evolve?), star of mythology, and now, poster-child for marine conservation." -Richard Ellis, author of Tuna: A Love Story

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Poseidon's Steed: The Story of Seahorses, from Myth to Reality 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
carterchristian1 on LibraryThing 5 months ago
How interesting to read the workd of an insider who was in the administration to give basically the same evaluation of the two wars that I believed were true. An important part of the literature of Bushes 1 and 2 administration.
LynnB on LibraryThing 5 months ago
This book is supposed to be about seahorses, but a lot of it was related to the topic somewhat tangentially. I really enjoyed learning about seahorse behaviour, habitat and characteristics, but I had to read a lot about cartoons, climate change and other topics. It was as if the author couldn't find enough to say about seahorses to write a lengthy enough book. Colour photographs would have been very much appreciated to supplement the descriptions of these varied and strange creatures.
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Helen Scales of the Naked Scientists radio program shares her love of the sea and these rare creatures. I learned more about seahorses than I thought possible.
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gross More than 1 year ago
This book is a beautiful work of art and sure is a prie winner for many books! I sugest that you start reading it soon........!
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Lily_lover More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed reading this book -- I had no idea that sea horses were so complex. The book is very readable for the general public and the annecdotes on seahorses in human history are fascinating.
AnnieBM More than 1 year ago
This book is a comprehensive look at seahorse natural history, from their own biology to human interaction and fascination with them. Dr. Scales clearly connects the various topics with larger world concerns, including the health of the world's marine habitats, the fishing industry, and human health and benefits. I think Dr. Scales is a little long-winded on Chinese medicine and a little short on the actual biology and ecology of these wonderful creatures. Never-the-less, this book is consistently well written and engaging. Much recommended.
Uhurrah More than 1 year ago
this was an interesting read on seahorses ... it was a good research subject ... i enjoy reading it ... mainly because i've always had an interest in marine life and wanted to become a marine biologist ... so reading something of my interest would get good reviews nonetheless, besides, there isn't much reads on seahorses ...