Seashore Life provides brief descriptions of thirty-five different fishes, sea plants, birds, and crustaceans. Its format follows a set format – first the main text, where basic facts are mentioned. Second, a box called ‘Field Notes’ where an interesting fact is related about the species. Third, a ‘Where to Find’ box where the usual location of the specimen is shown on a map. Fourth is a box titled “What to look for’, wherin is briefly listed the species’ size, color, and behavior. Fifth is an illustration and photograph of each species.
Here are a few of the interesting facts mentioned.
An illustration is given on pg. 56 of two seahorses entwined with one another – the description mentions that this is how they mate.
On pg. 58, it is stated that “the female sea horse lays her eggs in a pouch on the male’s belly”.
An entirely simple definition of the verb ‘mate’ is included in the glossary.
Conclusion. An excellent (though, of course non-comprehensive) pocket guide to sea creatures.
Review © 2013 Laura Verret