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Biological Sciences
  • Author:
    Richard Ellis
  • ISBN:
    0679406395
  • ISBN13:
    978-0679406396
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  • Publisher:
    Knopf; 1 edition (October 25, 1994)
  • Pages:
    429 pages
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    Biological Sciences
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Monsters of the Sea book.

Monsters of the Sea book.

Monsters Of The Sea: The History, Natural History, and Mythology of the Oceans' Most Fantastic Creatures. LOL It’s been many years since I read about the lore of the sea monsters and this was a really great way of hitting all the highlights. All of their books have table of contents so they are easy to navigate.

Combined with his own black-and-white illustrations, Ellis also closely examines the literary sources of sea monster lore, from Homer's The Odyssey to the works of Jules Verne and Peter Benchley.

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A fascinating journey into the world of sea monsters-real and s the animals that became the object of legend, the truth about the Loch Ness monster, and the natural history of the octopus, giant squid, manatee, and other creatures. 17,500 first printing. Download Monsters of the Sea: The History, Natural History, and Mythology of the Oceans' Most Fantastic Creatures by Richard Ellis free. Monsters of the Sea: The History, Natural History, and Mythology of the Oceans' Most Fantastic Creatures by Richard Ellis fb2 DOWNLOAD FREE.

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One of the most forbidding of all mythical creatures, the manticore was a. .

One of the most forbidding of all mythical creatures, the manticore was a bloodthirsty quadruped that supposedly sported the head of a blue-eyed man, the auburn body of a lion and the stinging tail of a scorpion. The legend of this deadly hybrid first began with Greek authors such as Ctesias, who chronicled it in a book about India. Along with legends of grotesque monsters and sea creatures, ancient and medieval travelers often returned to Europe with tales of so-called wild men living in the unmapped regions of Asia and Africa.

A primer on three of the most recognizable creatures of legend. As with many mythological creatures, the griffin is a composite of animals: a lion’s body with the head and wings of an eagle or falcon. Every culture has its own gaggle of monsters and beings residing in traditional tales. Today, trolls have pushed well beyond Norse mythology and Scandinavian folklore, and have become recurring characters in fantasy films, literature, role-playing games and yes, on toy store shelves. But as varied as their origin and evolution may be, the mythos we have created around trolls often touches on the same theme – a fear of those unlike ourselves.

373 illustrations in text

Gianni_Giant
Yes, this book is hard science, not pseudo-science. It examines the myths of Sea Monsters and explains the potential facts about them.

Richard Ellis is a very readable scent author, specializing in marine biology.

Engaging, readable, engrossing at time, fascinating subject.
Helldor
Ellis writes well enough for both the novice and biologist to enjoy. I always recommend this and most of his other books to friends.
DireRaven
Interesting encyclopedic, wonderful. Fully credible and thoughtful reporting of the subject.
Marelyne
I loved the book. It was very interesting. I learned a lot from it. A good read if your interesting in monsters of the sea.
MisterMax
Another Xmas Gift for big brother
Malak
"Monsters of the Sea" is for those with a great curiosity about the mysterious creatures that lurk beneath the surface of the sea that humans have sometimes been granted glimpses of.

For as long as we've been curious, our access to the oceans' mysteries have and still remain so limited that sea monster legends have endured to this day.

Sea monsters are often considered some of the earliest cryptids to inspire countless popular myths and recent discoveries of giant squids (such as the massive 25 foot-long cephalopod photographed nearly 3,000 feet beneath the North Pacific Ocean off Japan's Ogasawara Islands in September 2004) have lent a basis of fact to some of those legends.

In a revealing, well-composed and enthralling assemblage, marine biologist Richard Ellis charts the origins of an assortment of legendary "sea monsters" including sea "serpents", giant squids (kraken), sharks and the "leviathan" or whale that frightened mariners of centuries past and brings the natural history and science of the real animals behind the myths.

All the Kraken stories and rumors about sea monsters going back centuries are outlined and then using scientific exploration and (sometimes speculative) scientific evidence, the world's deep sea monsters are explained leading the reader into the vast world of marine biology.

I particularly enjoyed the alternating between the mythological accounts about sea monsters and the reviewing of the ocean animals for what they actually are based on available facts, including 150 fascinating illustrations showing how actually a certain known marine animal was reasonably mistaken for a "monstrous" sea creature.

Another favourite I had was the chapter about globsters (organic masses that wash up on the shoreline distinguished from normal beached carcasses by being hard to identify) and how he theorises that Octopus giganteus could account for some of these phenomena.

If you don't want to have your sense of wonder debunked, you may want to stay away from having the sea monster myths and realities separated by Ellis, since that is the primary structure of this book, however he does leave some room for speculation and because he is also a Great white shark expert, it is mind-boggling that he has concluded that the monster shark Megalodon has only become extinct as close as 10,000 years ago in another of his books, Great White Shark.

This is a great voyage of discovery for those interested in fantastic accounts of myths, legends, and unexplained sea monster sightings and learning more of the story behind them.

Monsters of the Sea provides a comprehensive overview of sea monsters, so there is a lot to cover and can be a little heavy at times, but well worth the read.

If you're interested in obscure accounts of historical legends, early naturalists, cryptozoology or marine biology you will probably have a lot of fun with this very well researched resource.

One thing is for certain, if one of America's leading marine biologists thinks that the St. Augustine monster that washed ashore a century ago was actually a 200 foot octopus, then we still have much to learn about the legendary and mysterious Monsters of the Sea!
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I have this book, and have placed many bookmarks bearing annotations within its pages. It's a beautiful and well-written tome full of true stories, accounts and examinations of the many sea monster sightings and incredible creatures we humans call monsters. From the legendary giant squid to the mighty whale, to mermaids, sea serpents, sharks, blob monsters and more, the mysteries of the sea come together in this, the most complete and impressive of the books regarding the monsters of the deep.
"Monsters of the Sea" is a book that'll bring out the 11-year-old kid in anyone with a shred of curiosity. It's great fun.
Richard Ellis, a capable and lively popular science author, is always wrestling with how to frame his material. His book "Deep Atlantic," for example, took a long time coming together because he couldn't figure out how to narrow his subject down to a book's length. Even then it included some repetitive material, as a few reviewers noticed. I've read a handful of his other titles now, and this one and the excellent "Encyclopedia of the Sea" are the two where he really succeeded in figuring out how to structure things. This is an effortless read.
"Monsters" alternates between reviewing people's mythological, "monstrous" ideas about sea creatures and describing the animals as they actually are: you read all the Kraken stories, and then you learn about squid, and the giant squid in particular. That outline of the book works really well. First you hear the old sea yarns, and then those lead you into the marine biology. Both sides are written very engagingly.
And then there are the loose ends. There's a chapter in this book about "blobs and globsters" that I really figured I'd be bored by. Not at all. Those are the enormous things that washed up on beaches that nobody's really explained. Ellis can't write the second chapter about them -- there's no marine biology that's explained the things, not yet.
This book, like any good popular science, could lead you in a lot of different directions. If you're interested in Deep Sea life, Ellis's Deep Atlantic would be good -- or you could try William Broad's "The Universe Below" if you're more into the mechanics of submersibles and sunken ships. There are lots of books about sharks and whales of course. Ellis wrote one about the Great White shark that's supposed to be good. He also gathered lots of his giant squid material for a book on Architeuthis Dux.
I'd recommend starting with this one, though. It'll get your sense of wonder going.