A Fascination for Fish: Adventures of an Underwater Pioneer by David C. Powell, Sylvia A. Earle

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.

Show description

Read or Download A Fascination for Fish: Adventures of an Underwater Pioneer PDF

Best zoology books

Freshwater Animal Diversity Assessment

This e-book deals a accomplished examine of species- and genus-level variety and chorology of the worldwide freshwater fauna to this point. It supplies a state-of-the-art evaluate of the variety and distribution of Metazoa within the continental waters of the realm.

Human in Vitro Fertilization and Embryo Transfer

The births of greater than a hundred it sounds as if common babies at time period following pregnancies initiated via in vitro fertilization and embryo move testifies to the profitable medical program of insights bought from reports in reproductive biology during the last twenty years. In ladies, those experiences have integrated: 1) characterization of the adjustments in blood hormone profiles all through ovulatory menstrual cycles; 2) documentation of the hormonal composition of antral fluid in constructing and degenerating preovulatory follicles; three) correlation of those observations with the kingdom of oocyte maturation and the fertilizability of the oocyte; four) program of pharmacologic brokers for perturbing the traditional hormone profiles to manage the variety of preovulatory follicles constructing and the time of ovulation; and five) improvement of non-invasi ve tools for tracking follicular improvement.

Dictionary of Invertebrate Zoology

An exhaustive dictionary of over 13,000 phrases in relation to invertebrate zoology, together with etymologies, note derivations and taxonomic class. Entries disguise parasitology, nematology, marine invertebrates, bugs, and anatomy, biology, and reproductive procedures for the subsequent phyla: Acanthocephala, Annelida, Arthropoda, Brachiopoda, Bryozoa, Chaetognatha, Cnidaria, Ctenophora, Echinodermata, Echiura, Entoprocta, Gastrotricha, Gnathostomulida, Kinorhyncha, Loricifera, Mesozoa, Mollusca, Nemata, Nematomorpha, Nemertea, Onychophora, Pentastoma, Phoronida, Placozoa, Platyhelminthes, Pogonophora, Porifera, Priapula, Rotifera, Sipuncula, and Tardigrada.

Beneficial Microorganisms in Agriculture, Aquaculture and Other Areas

This publication specializes in using microorganisms in terms of agriculture, aquaculture and similar fields, starting from biofertilizers to bird construction. the newest suggestions also are incorporated to supply insights into the limitless potentials of microorganisms in those components. person chapters discover subject matters akin to probiotics in chook, biopurification of wastewater, changing agrowastes into value-added functions and items, rice cultivation, surfactants and bacteriocin as biopreservatives, bioplastics, crop productiveness, biofloc, and the construction of average antibiotics.

Extra info for A Fascination for Fish: Adventures of an Underwater Pioneer

Example text

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.

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.14 of 5 – based on 44 votes