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Blowfish's Oceanopedia
Blowfish's Oceanopedia

Blowfish's Oceanopedia

291 Extraordinary Things You Didn't Know About the Sea


304 Pages, 5.75 x 8.25

Formats: Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $16.95 (US $16.95) (CA $22.95)

Publication Date: March 2019

ISBN 9781786492425

Rights: US & CA

Atlantic Books, Ltd. (Mar 2019)
Atlantic Books

Price: $16.95


A beautifully designed, one-stop guide to all we know about our oceans and the weird and wonderful creatures that inhabit them

The seas of our planet cover more than 70 per cent of the Earth, yet we know less about the ocean depths than the surface of the moon. Join marine biologist and fish-fanatic Tom "The Blowfish" Hird as he lifts the lid on a treasure chest of fascinating facts, to reveal just what we do know about what lurks beneath the waves. You'll discover how the unassuming jellyfish can cause an ocean-wide apocalypse, why walruses turn bright pink after a sunbathe, how a shoal of herring breaks wind to escape the jaws of predators, and why an archer fish spits missiles at its prey. From the invisible world of meiofauna living in the sands of our beaches to a cephalopod called the 'Vampire Squid from Hell," Blowfish takes us on an incredible journey as he follows the currents from shoreline to the bone-crushing pressure of the deep sea.


"Amazing facts for ocean-lovers." —New Scientist

"Packed with proper science, brought alive by marine biologist, Tom 'the Blowfish' Hird's entertainingly blokey turn of phrase." —BBC Wildlife Magazine

"A marine marvel . . . Hird applies his boundless enthusiasm to give us a smorgasbord of bite-sized oceanic and fishy facts." —Brian Clegg, author, The God Effect

"A lively, sumptuous cornucopia of all things oceanic. Who knew a squid could fly, or that hagfish drown their prey in slime?" —Jonathan Balcombe, author, What a Fish Knows

"Thoroughly entertaining and enlightening. Packed with first-hand experiences and fascinating facts, this is the most accessible encyclopaedia you'll ever read!" —Miranda Krestovnikoff, wildlife presenter and RSPB President

Author Biography

Tom "The Blowfish" Hird is a heavy-metal-loving marine biologist, who knows almost everything there is to know about the world's ocean ecosystems. An ardent marine conservationist, he is an experienced scuba diver with a Divemaster qualification. He has made many TV appearances, including Fishing Impossible, and he is an ambassador for The Marine Conservation Society.