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DescriptionAward-winning nature and science writer Erich Hoyt tells the riveting story of the discovery of the deep ocean. Weaving together details from the latest scientific research about sharks, giant squid, dragonfish and the huge tube worms, clams and tiny microbes of the deep-sea vents, Hoyt embarks on a magical journey to the bottom of the sea, which is inhabited not by vicious monsters but by diverse species of pale starfish and mud-eating sea cucumbers. Roaming across the abyssal plains and descending deep-sea trenches, he presents as much about the character and charisma of these and other so-called monsters as about the extraordinary world in which they live.
About the author:Erich Hoyt has spent much of his life on, beneath or near the sea, working with whales and dolphins and marine conservation. The acclaimed author of Orca: The Whale Called Killer, Meeting the Whales, Riding With the Dolphins, The Earth Dwellers and Insect Lives, Hoyt lives in Scotland.
Contents: Contributors. Preface. What Is the Deep-Sea? Systematics of Deep Sea Fishes: Introduction. A Classification of Living Fishes Occurring Near or Below about 500 to 600 M with an Annotated List of Deep Sea Fish. References. Distribution and Population Ecology. Feeding at Depth.Buoyancy at Depth: Introduction. The Problem of Buoyancy. Swimbladder Function. Lipid Accumulation. Watery Tissues. Hydrodynamic Lift. Conclusions. References. Biochemistry at Depth: Introduction. Effects of Pressure on Biochemical Systems: Protein Interactions and Enzyme Kinetics. Tolerance Adaptions: Maintenance of Biochemical Function in the Deep Sea. Capacity Adaptation: Biochemical Correlates of Organismal Metabolism. Future Directions: Phylogenetic and Molecular Approaches. References. Pressure Effects on Shallow Water Fish: Introduction. Fish as a Model. Methods. Effects of Short-Term Pressure Exposure. Acclimation of Fish to Hydrostatic Pressure. Comparison of Shallow Water Fish (SWF) and Deep Water Fish (DWF). Conclusion. References.Sensory Physiology: Introduction. Olfaction/Chemoreception. Vision. Touch. Octavolateralis Systems. General Comments. References. Laboratory and in Situ. Methods for Studying Deep Sea Fishes: Introduction. Laboratory Studies. In Situ Studies. Future Directions. References. Index.