St. Martin's Press (1971). Index. 168pp. 5.5 x 8.75 inches. Hardcover. Library of Congress Catalog Card Number: 73-172894.
This book aims to provide an introduction to underwater life. Over two-thirds of the world's surface is covered by sea water and there are also extensive areas of fresh water. Many of the animals and plants that live in these waters are of importance to fisheries and other industries, but few people know about the interrelationships of these organisms. This book describes the different groups of aquatic animals such as worms, molluscs, starfishes, sea-squirts and, of course, the more familiar fishes and whales. The relationships between these very varied types are of great general interest, whether they live in the really deep seas (6,000–20,000 ft. depth), on the rocky shores of Britain or in the complex structure of a tropical coral reef.
The illustrations, which have been specially prepared, have been selected to show the great range of form of marine and freshwater animals and plants.
Gwynne Vevers, M.B.E., M.A., D.Phil., is Curator of the Aquarium and Assistant Director of Science at the Zoological Society of London.
He was born in Scotland in 1916, educated at St. Paul's School and Oxford, and from 1941–6 he served in the RAF as a Squadron Leader.
He has taken part in expeditions to Greenland, Iceland, the Faeroes, the West Indies, the Solomon Islands and the Cook Islands, and was for some time Zoologist and Bursar at the Marine Biological Association, Plymouth. Besides contributing papers to a number of scientific journals, Dr. Vevers has written several natural science books both for the advanced student and for children.
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