Andrew Caine has managed to produce a highly readable masterpiece which takes the reader on a magical and sometimes scary journey into the world of the planet’s marine life, looking at the complex ecosystems with algae, plankton, shellfish, coral reefs and even whales. Andrew describes in fascinating detail and in a humorous and light-hearted manner the secret lives of our many different sea creatures—or beasties as he likes to call them. The book is crammed full of interesting facts and is written in a straightforward way making it easy for the layman to read and understand.
He delves into the lives of jellyfish, limpets, mussels and many other species, uncovering their often bizarre behavior and sometimes scary predatory techniques and feeding habits which most ordinary people could barely imagine existed. Who would guess a cone shell slowly drills into the shell of its unfortunate victims, or that some creatures harpoon their victims with poison-bearing teeth?
Andrew also dispels many myths and misunderstandings. For example, that the Portuguese Man o’War is not even a jellyfish at all, but instead a colony of connected creatures! Who would guess that the limpet is actually a one-footed creature which slides around like a snail, having a home base surrounded by a feeding territory? These are just some of the many fascinating facts which Andrew uncovers in his book.
Throughout the book, the reader is kept entertained by Andrew’s unique writing style and amusing turn of phrase. On a more serious note, Andrew also discusses the importance of coral reefs and their vital role in supporting human livelihoods. Andrew also reveals his true passion for marine biology and his deep concern that many of our species could be under threat due to overfishing of the humble krill.
Andrew’s work may well motivate people to take a more active interest in the study and preservation of our rich and diverse marine life. As Andrew points out, there is even more still to discover and who knows—maybe one day a cure for cancer may even be developed from understanding how toxins work in marine animals!Bill Lichtensteiger—eBook Reader
Very pleasant read interspersed with anecdotes and fascinating facts, which at the same time guides you cleverly through the fundamentals of marine biology!Andrea Schlegel—eBook Reader
As a non biologist but a keen diver who loves marine wildlife and has met many of the amazing creatures described in this book, it was fascinating to appreciate a deeper understanding of the relationships between certain species, their biological evolution and functions and how they fit into the marine eco system.
This book is certainly well detailed but not too off putting for the non biologist, it explains processes and behaviour in a very understandable way and is extremely interesting without being overwhelming.
I would thoroughly recommend this book to the diving community interested in marine wildlife.Simon O’Donnell
I am extremely impressed. It’s written in an easy to understand fashion, with good humour in parts which gives the reader a sense of enthusiasm and knowledge. It’s extremely interesting and informative and a must for any student wishing to take a career in marine biology, or for anyone wishing to know more about the sea. Very enjoyable read!Esther Bradbury—eBook Reader
This is such a necessary read for anyone who’s interested in the oceans. For me, it’s that I’ve grown up watching programs and into in exploring and going snorkeling and things like that… but this book is helping me take my curiosity to the next level. Now that I’ve read it, I want to know even more.Joseph D.—eBook Reader
Andrew’s book is a conversation with the sea. He gives us the chance to learn more than perhaps we ever planned on without realizing that’s what we’re doing—and without being too serious. This book is that memorable experience we all have of hearing someone narrate or speak while we stand in awe in front of a screen or massive aquarium, but we’re creating our own images as we read along, and when we’re finished we’re ready to run out the door and connect the dots in person. In that way, Andrew Caine is so successful with this book at inspiring curiosity!Sarah—eBook Reader
If you want a really good understanding of life in our Oceans then read Andrew Caine’s Marine Biology for Non-Biologists. It is an amazingly comprehensive description of marine life, written in a clear, straightforward style. Logically presented, it is a book you can read from cover to cover or dip in and out of. It provides not only a great way to get students and non-specialists interested in marine life but also academics from other disciplines. As a Zoologist, I have been reminded of so much that I first learnt at University but, not being an authority on marine ecology, I have gained an incredible amount of knowledge here. I look forward to reading your next book Mr. Caine, perhaps a non Biologist guide to Fish in all the Oceans?Sue—eBook Reader
To download an excerpt from the book for review, please click on the image below: