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By David C. Powell, Sylvia A. Earle

This attractive memoir provides one man's lifelong love of the sea and offers a hugely own, behind-the-scenes examine California's fabulous 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 tender 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 sleek aquariums attainable and gives an fascinating glimpse underneath the ocean's floor.

Powell's occupation in diving and aquarium improvement is going again to the start of recent tools in either parts. From the early suggestions 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 comprises many tales approximately Powell's diving adventures at the California coast, within the Sea of Cortez, and in lots of distant and unique destinations world wide.

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Dave told me he wanted to begin handling marine fishes as well as freshwater species, and with that in mind he’d made a reconnaissance trip down to the northern end of the Gulf of California. He had a 1957 rear-engine Chevrolet Corvair and had driven it to a place called San Luis Gonzaga, a hundred miles past the end of the paved road at San Felipe. Since Dave was not a scuba diver, he asked if I would be interested in going with him on his next trip to see if there might be some fishes suitable to sell.

These are tools well adapted for seizing and dismantling prey, and they a¤ord good protection from predators. The most remarkable feature of these appendages is their lightning speed: they shoot out faster than the human eye can follow. The lower part of their hinged claw is blunt and is used like a hammer for cracking hard-shelled clams. The extensible tip is like a needle and can pierce their prey, while the razor-sharp inner edge of the hinged arm can slice their prey in half. It’s the animal equivalent of a Swiss army knife!

He had seen my backpack sinking into the depths and, assuming I had accidentally dropped it, swam down to retrieve it. At the same time, a very large, gray-colored shark came up out of the depths heading toward the same pack, possibly attracted by the shiny stainless steel band, or perhaps by Kym himself. I suspect Kym broke the swimming speed record from that point to the boat above. 40 a f i r s t l o o k at re a l i s m We’re not sure what kind of shark it was, other than a very big one; it was definitely not one of our familiar, slender blue sharks.

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