By David C. Powell, Sylvia A. Earle
This attractive memoir provides one man's lifelong love of the sea and provides a hugely own, behind-the-scenes examine California's fabulous and leading edge aquariums. David Powell, for a few years curator of the world-renowned Monterey Bay Aquarium, tells the tale of his existence as a pioneering aquarist. From dealing with nice white sharks to transporting gentle fish on bumpy airplanes to nighttime diving for fish within the Indian Ocean, A Fascination for Fish describes a few of the mind-boggling demanding situations that make glossy aquariums attainable and provides an exciting glimpse underneath the ocean's floor.
Powell's profession in diving and aquarium improvement is going again to the start of contemporary tools in either parts. From the early options he devised to get fish into aquariums alive and fit to his later exploratory dive to a intensity of 11 hundred ft in a two-person submarine, Powell's action-packed narrative conjures up laughter, ask yourself, and philosophical mirrored image. A Fascination for Fish additionally contains many tales approximately Powell's diving adventures at the California coast, within the Sea of Cortez, and in lots of distant and unique destinations all over the world.
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He was an extraordinary human being who had a powerful inﬂuence on all he came into contact with. p i o n e e r i n g b re a k t h ro u g h s At Marineland we made many breakthroughs in the collection, husbandry, and exhibition of marine animals. Under the creative direction of Ken Norris, together with biologists Bill McFarland, John Prescott, and Don Zumwalt, aquarist Jerry Goldsmith, and the highly skilled and knowledgeable collector Frank Brocato, we were able to present to visitors animals never before seen in aquariums.
In addition, that boat, plus the circumstances of being constantly poor, gave me a do-it-yourself attitude and taught me the art and skill of problem solving, improvising, and inventing. These hard-won lessons would serve me well for years to come. o c to p u s i n m y l i v i n g ro o m Early on I set up a small marine aquarium in my room to keep some of the creatures I collected while diving or tide pooling. One creature 12 u n d e rwat e r t h o u g h t s in particular, a little octopus, fascinated my friends.
I looked at my depth gauge; it said one hundred and seventy feet, and we still had another ﬁfty feet or so to go. All of a sudden I found myself struggling to breathe as I was hit with a bad case of nitrogen narcosis, the intoxicating e¤ect on the brain of nitrogen in the blood under pressure. My mind was a blur but functioned just enough for me to realize that the anchor must have slipped o¤ the top of Farnsworth Bank and we were now drifting away over very deep water. Quickly we started back up the anchor line and made it to the boat.