Wondrous World of Fishes Author:National Geographic Society ?A moonlight night, the ghostly arches of the Florida Keys viaduct, the putt-putt of the tiny launch that carried me crosswise to the rushing tide, then the strike and the flash of silver, dripping diamonds of spray from his flanks as he catapulted into the air again, and again, and yet again.? — Thus angler-writer Van Campen Heilner, in Wondrous... more » World of Fishes, word-paints the indelible thrill of hooking that leaping fury of Florida waters, the tarpon. But far more than fishing lore ? nuggets of information on what game fishes eat, where they range, record catches, and other details to enchant the fisherman ? unfolds for you in this newest volume of the National Geographic?s Natural Science Library.
Its 368 pages and more than 400 illustrations ? 371 of them in full color ? take you into the watery wonderlands about North America to excite you with the fascinating ways of the fishes.
Here are facts to answer a thousand questions. Do fishes have ears? How fast do they swim? How big do they grow? How old do they get? Do they sleep, drink water, ?talk? to each other? How can a salmon find its way back to its birth stream, over distances of thousands of miles, when it comes time to spawn?
You learn absorbing information about fishes in a chapter by Dr. Leonard P. Schultz, distinguished curator of the Division of Fishes at the Smithsonian Institution. Other authorities whisk you to Alaska for a beluga whale hunt, to the Gulf Stream to watch the capture of a 3,000-pound devilfish, to a frozen Michigan lake where enthusiasts fish through ice holes in 25-below-zero cold.
You learn, too, about curious creatures of the fish world?an archerfish that fells insects by rifling pellets of water through a groove in its mouth?an anglerfish that catches meals with a built-in fishing rod atop its head?a parrotfish that spins a nightgown of mucus when it beds down for sleep?the incredible ways of the little seahorse?life secrets of the sailfish?and much much more.
Wondrous World of Fishes offers armchair fare to delight everyone. Are you a hobbyist? Discover pointers on setting up and maintaining home aquariums. Do you cook? Turn to a chapter on buying, cleaning, and cooking fish. Do you fish?go to school?have an interest in the world about you? Then reap new awareness and enjoyment from this volume?s life histories of North American fishes. Altogether, 340 species, from Newfoundland?s streams to Hawaii?s reefs, come alive through superb photographs, paintings, and accompanying text.
More than two years of painstaking care went into the creation of this extraordinary book. Its endpapers ? designed to inform as well as to decorate ? sandwich sparkling mushrooming knowledge of the world inhabited by those strange and beautiful creatures, the fishes. Offered at great savings as one of the benefits of membership in the nonprofit National Geographic Society, the volume is available only from the Society?s headquarters.« less