Portraits of Marine Invertebrates, the Backbone of Life

Book - 2014
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In Spineless, acclaimed photographer Susan Middleton explores the mysterious and surprising world of marine invertebrates, which represent more than 98 percent of the known animal species in the ocean. They are also astonishingly diverse in their shapes, patterns, textures, and colors--in nature's fashion show, they are the haute couture of marine life. This collection of more than 250 remarkable images is the result of seven years of painstaking fieldwork across the Pacific Ocean, using photographic techniques that Middleton developed to capture these extremely fragile creatures on camera. She also provides short essays that examine the place these invertebrates occupy on the tree of life, their vast array of forms, and their lives in the ocean. Scientist Bernadette Holthuis contributes profiles describing each species, many of them for the first time.
Publisher: New York : Abrams, 2014
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9781419710070
Branch Call Number: 592.177 MIDDLET
Characteristics: 254 pages : chiefly color illustrations ; 32 cm


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VaughanPLKarenL Apr 02, 2017

The short essays interspersed among beautifully vivid photographs help ground these incredible marine life by offering information about their plight, as well as putting into perspective how our effect on their numbers does ourselves a disservice in the end. In addition to this, the species profiles offered at the end are also a delightful touch!

Jun 09, 2015

Wonderful pictures and clear, easy-to-understand text.

Ham625 Jan 18, 2015

Exquisite pictures.


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