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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 offers a hugely own, behind-the-scenes examine California's superb 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 soft fish on bumpy airplanes to nighttime diving for fish within the Indian Ocean, A Fascination for Fish describes some of the mind-boggling demanding situations that make glossy aquariums attainable and provides 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 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 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 world wide.

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Here Gri‹n had a remarkable one-on-one underwater experience with the intelligence and gentle nature of the big male orca. They befriended each other as Ted hand-fed chunks of salmon to the animal and they swam and dove together. ” With the young female netted in a narrow inlet, Ted called Marineland and o¤ered Bill Monahan, the general manager, the first opportunity to buy the young female whale. ” Ted hung up the phone and called George Millay, president of the new Sea World, down the coast in San Diego, and made the same o¤er.

A tank full of colorful garibaldi, therefore, doesn’t work. One or two in a fairly large tank is about right; more than that means trouble. Other colorful fish live along our Pacific Coast. They’re in the rockfish family (Scorpaenidae), a family of about sixty-five species, and most are marked by shades and patterns of red. Even though they’re one of the most common groups of fishes caught by both commercial and sportfishermen, the colorful ones are rarely seen in aquariums. The most brightly colored rockfish live in moderately deep water.

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.

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