Helmut Debelius in in the Gulf of California. This was reason enough for the CORAL team to give our readers a brief overview of the extraordinary life of this self-taught expert. But nobody is born with a neoprene skin—so how did it all come about? A Singhalese lady with whom I was friendly asked me if I would drive her uncle to see his customers as I had a car. He was a collector of coral fishes and was flying in the next day from Colombo.
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Bob Halstead. Along with the descriptive information to identify each species, the book includes interesting behavioral and habitat information. The author, Bob Halstead, a degreed educator and scientist, is a household word in the Indo-Pacific diving industry and has made more than in the Coral Sea to amass this collection of photos. Bob, winner of multiple photographic awards, has authored several books, and published dozens of magazine articles.
Approx pages. See review below. Debelius has also included the subclasses Prosobranchia - the abalones, limpets, cowries coneshells, helmets and tritons just to name a few. Not only is this a superb book for knowledge and identification, but it is also extremely well produced, in hardcover, on quality art paper, with excellent design layout.
Helmut Debelius. His books are perfect, for identification and general knowledge of the species covered - usuaally three of more photos per page, with concise text. The proeduction of all his books is excelent.
Covers the reef invertebrates, fishes, corals, and even the odd shipwreck. A wonderful book, as would be expected from Debelius. Another brilliant title by Helmut Debelius. The impressive photographs, authoritive text and excellent layout make this a superb book, and more than adequately complements the others in his series. A brilliant book. Harcover, full colour, pages. Peter Wirtz and Helmut Debelius. Another superb publiation in the IKAN series, covering the north-east Atlantic from the equator and Canary Island north to Norway, and from Turkey and Cyprus in the eastern Mediterranean throuigh to Spain, including the islands of the Mediterranean and both the north and south shores.
Brilliantly produced in full colour, with two or three imags per page, we have all the invertebrates from Sponges, Cbnidarians, the Worms, Arthropods, MolluscsEchindoerms and Kamptozoans.
Hardcover, laminated boards, pages, index of scientific specie and genera names. Octopuses, Argonauts, Cuttlefish, Squid, Nautilus. The author is an Australian marine scientist, at Museum Victoria. Includes 35 picture stories making it an indeal book for identification and general knowledge. Some of the photographs are truly bizarre, whilst others are photographically superb, with contributions from Rudi Kuiter, Becca Saunders, Roger Steene, Norbert Wu.
A very important book, contributing so mucg to our knowledge of marine life. Sorry, our of print. Ralf M.
No other book worldwide gives so much information on so many species - in fact, with over photographs, and 33 picture stories that have made the IKAN series so popular. Includes also for the first time deep sea species taken from submersibles in their natural habitat. A detailed and comprehensive description for every depicted species is provided.
Location of each photo is indicated. A remarkable guide; a must for the diver and marine naturalist. Over ten percent of the fish life here is endemic making the region one of the most fascinaating, and of course unique, in the world. And once again, this IKAN book contains over excellent colour photographs, most, but not all, by the author. And of course there are the picture stories - thirteen of them, inluding a superb ssay on marine animals as souvenirs.
And why is it calle the Red Sea - the book has the answer. Hardcover, full colour throughout, pages. Another excellent title in the IKAN series of mrine books. Includes, of course, the Porpoises. Nedless to say, strandings, illegal killings and environmental poisoning of whales is detailed. I could see nothing on Monkey Mia, nor on the butchering of dolphin in Japan - perhaps just as well. Hardcover, pages, full colour throughout, species index.
Sorry, no longer available. Over the past quarter of a century he has dived and photographed the marine life in all the oceans of the world. Rudi Kuiter is an Australian resident - an electronic engineer, underwater photographer and also a respected icthyologist and marine nauralist, with several books and numerous articles to his name. He is a regular visitor to Indonesian waters, and of course the northern reefs of Australia.
Photo taken whilst visiting Oceans Enterprises. After emigrating to Australia from England in , Bob was employed as an Education Officer in Papua New guinea - and with some luck was posted to Milne bay, one of the finest diving areas in the world.
With his wife Dinah, he formed the forst sport diving operation in PNG, and over the next twenty five years thoroughly explored and photographed the marine life in what has now become known as an underwater paradise.
Bob has won many underwater photography awards and his articles and photographs have appeared regularly in many international magazines and books. The beard has gone and Bob appears now more often behind a trumpet than a regulator. He moved to Kiel in order to pursue a degree in Marine Biology, and launched several expeditions to the Red Sea.
His main interest had always been sharks and rays, and became a a fossil collector of the teeth of elasmobranchs. Mark Norman is a Research Fellow at the University of Melbourne, and also works at Museum Victoria, with specialist interests in the biology, behaviour and evolution of cephalopods, from the pygmy octopuses to giant squid. His work is supported by the Australian Biological Resources Study. Despite not even seeing one single octopus on his first field trip to the Great Barrier Reef, he has since discovered more than one hundred new species and is a world authority on cephalopods.
From the tiny Catsharks to the great Whale sharks; from the docile Zebra sharks to the Great White, each animal has its own fascinating characteristics, and each is detailed in this new title in the IKAN series of marine publications. Lets go beyond the public sensationalism of shark attacks and get to know the species better. With over photographs taken in their natural habitats by more than a dozen renown photographers, Sharks and Rays provides a detailed description of their taxonomy, habitats and distribution - an excellent identification guide to species, including, for the first time, a deep sea species, photographed from a submersibles in their natural habitat.
No doubt many elasmobranch enthusiasts became encouraged in their observations when Fernande Herwarth hand-fed sharks in the Maldives for the tourist divers. The fact that she was complete nude was, no doubt, beside the point. Yes, yes, there is a photo of Fernande in the book. Most of us however take diving with sharks more seriously, and if an adrenalin-pumping opportunity arises to do so, we tend to have a better knowledge - and respect - of these magnificent creatures.
You will not be impressed, but no doubt not surprised , by the wholesale slaughter of sharks in Indonesia - just for their fins to satisfy the Asian market. As for the body of the animal, the nutrient rich meat, it just goes to rot on the seabed. Perhaps your outraged emotions will be balanced by the charming symbiotic relationship between the Angelfish and Hammerheads, or the "Dance of the Stingrays". Whereas Sharks and Rays has none of the drama of shark attacks, it does include several increcible photographs of the Great White.
There is a wealth of knowledge in Sharks and Rays, not only as a ID guide, but as a great read. With the imaginative design by IKAN editor and producer Helmut Debelius, Hennemann has produced surely the finest book of elasmobranch identification and information currently available. Review by Peter Stone. Scuba Diver magazine. Any divers who once thought they knew a thing or two about these critters, will come to realise the depth of their ignorance when confronted with these densely-packed pages of creepycrawlies.
Quite simply, no one else could have done it. Crustaceans were his first love, and this is a book born of love the kind of love which borders on obsessive madness. Elsewhere, we get illustrated places on moulting lobsters, the hulking Alaskan king crab, the mangrove habitat, the red crabs of Christmas Island, and freshwater crustaceans.
But my favourite section is a photo-feature contributed by Bob Halstead, in which for absolutely no reason we are treated to the sight of a mantis shrimp, roughing up a toy dinosaur placed close to its lair by the mischievous snapper. With this book, Debelius brings the bizarre world of crustacea vividly to life, for everyone. I had the pleasure of meeting Debelius last year and soon appreciated why he is such a remarkable man. His knowledge of the marine world, coupled with a keen eye and brilliant underwater photography skills, complement his attitude toward perfection in all that he does.
His IKAN series of books, now numbering eight in the English language alone, have established him not only as a brilliant author but a likewise publisher.
Crustacea Guide of the World is the latest in the series although not for long, with Coral Sea Reef Guide due out mid This book covers the general shrimps, crabs, lobsters, mantis and harlequin shrimps, and amphipods, within the regions of the Atlantic, Pacific, Red Sea, Mediterranean, Pacific and Indian Ocean. Rarely do we dive without experiencing the pleasure of seeing a cleaner shrimp assisting a fish or moray to performing their ablutions, or a sponge crab trying desperately to disguise itself.
And if we fail to catch a cray scurrying across the seabed, at least we can learn more of their biology and habitat. Like all IKAN titles, Crustacea is a superb identification guide and reference, covering aspects of behaviour and habitat. Hardcover, full colour, pages. Publisher: Sea Challengers. And who better to write and photograph such an ambitious project than Bob Halstead, well known for his dive expeditions around PNG, and his many books and articles.
Coral Sea Reef Guide covers the fishes, corals, crustacea, snails, mollusca, gorgonia, soft corals not the hard corals , and anemones, cephalopods, plants and sponges, reptiles and mammals - its all here in one hardcover volume, the definitive guide to the marine life at the most popular dive destinations visited by Australian divers.
The book is divided into phylum down through class and family to the individual species. Photo locations are indicated, and the distribution of all animals.
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