By David C. Powell, Sylvia A. Earle

ISBN-10: 0520223667

ISBN-13: 9780520223660

ISBN-10: 0585467463

ISBN-13: 9780585467467

This enticing memoir provides one man's lifelong love of the sea and provides a hugely own, behind-the-scenes examine California's very good and cutting 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 smooth fish on bumpy airplanes to nighttime diving for fish within the Indian Ocean, A Fascination for Fish describes the various mind-boggling demanding situations that make glossy aquariums attainable and gives an interesting glimpse underneath the ocean's floor.

Powell's occupation in diving and aquarium improvement is going again to the start of contemporary equipment in either components. From the early recommendations 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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I’m not sure how they determine who wins, whether it’s the largest mouth or the brightest yellow lining, but somehow sarcastic fringeheads work out their social and territorial di¤erences peacefully. Too bad we supposedly intelligent humans don’t follow their example in settling our disputes. re - c re at i n g n at u re The goal of aquariums is to show visitors the world beneath the surface of the sea. However, bringing that world into an aquarium intact is nearly impossible because the animal and plant growth is usually on rocks that weigh many tons and are virtually immovable.

The terrain changed considerably and the road began to wind up over steep, rocky hills. The roadbed was now jagged rock cut by frequent eroded gullies. The car had hit bottom many times on the sandy road to Puertecitos, and now it was doing that on the rough road of hard rock. Taking a run to get up an exceptionally steep hill, we hit bottom really hard; this time, we feared, we’d done some damage. Peering under the low Corvair we saw a trickle of fluid coming from the pan of the automatic transaxle—definitely not a good sight in such an out-of-the-way place.

These animals have evolved to be quite at home in the waves that surge through the channels. To us, the powerful waves that pound the intertidal rocks look as if they would sweep away everything in their path, but beneath the surface the fish take shelter in quiet eddies until the tide goes out and the period of calm water returns. The little sculpins have gripping pelvic 28 fins that grasp the rough bottom. Some, like the clingfish (Gobiesox meandricus), have pelvic fins that have developed into a fully formed suction cup to hold them firmly in place amid the crashing waves.

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