Book: The Shark Handbook

The Shark Handbook by Greg Skomal

Greg Skomal is one of the world’s leading shark experts: many thousands of viewers know him as the “Shark Guy” on Discovery Channel and he’s affiliated with the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute. So if you’re dreaming of swimming with sharks, there’s no one better to take you—and that’s exactly what he does in this comprehensive, stunning field guide.

The Shark Handbook: The Essential Guide for Understanding the Sharks of the World

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5 Cool Gifts For Sea Lovers

They might be scuba-divers, they might be surfers or they just might be people who enjoy walking on the beach. The sea attracts all kinds of people, and when it enters your soul, it will be there forever.

Here are 5 great gifts to give to those who love the sea:


The Deep: The Extraordinary Creatures of the Abyss: Fifteen short, jargon-free essays assembled by editor and French journalist Nouvian—who became enthralled with the deep after visiting the Monterey Bay Aquarium—flesh out the fantastical images with scientific fact. They dismiss the myth of deep sea monsters and describe the amazing persistence of life around hydrothermal vents and methane flues; a thoughtful glossary adds to this impressive book’s popular appeal.



Blue Planet: Seas of Life (Special Edition): Where Planet Earth gave us the world, Blue Planet focuses entirely on the oceans and all the life that depend on it. What we’re given here is a true masterpiece in photography and cinematography that’ll blow away your senses and amaze you. No one has ever captured ocean life like this before.



Casio Men’s Sea Pathfinder Tide Watch: The innovative Casio Men’s Sea Pathfinder Tide Watch #SPF40-1V features a digital gray dial face with a durable mineral dial window. Embellishing the dial are an easy-to-read time display and a handy day-and-date calendar. Other high-tech details include a tide graph and moon-data option.



Airhead Waterproof GPS/PDA Case: Sea love or not – gotta keep those gadgets nice and dry!



Digital Underwater Camera Mask: By no means a gift for professional underwater photographers, but a great gadget for amateurs and scuba divers in general.


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Book: Peterson Field Guide to Birds of North America

Peterson Field Guide to Birds of North America

In celebration of the centennial of Roger Tory Peterson’s birth comes a historic collaboration among renowned birding experts and artists to preserve and enhance the Peterson legacy. This new book combines the Peterson Field Guide to Eastern Birds and Peterson Field Guide to Western Birds into one volume, filled with accessible, concise information and including almost three hours of video podcasts to make bird watching even easier.

• 40 new paintings
• Digital updates to Peterson’s original paintings, reflecting the latest knowledge of bird identification
• All new maps for the most up-to-date range information available
• Text rewritten to cover the U.S. and Canada in one guide
• Larger trim size accommodates range maps on every spread

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Book: Ken Schultz’s Field Guide to Freshwater Fish

Ken Schultz’s Field Guide to Freshwater Fish

A compact, authoritative guide for freshwater fishing tripsFrom one of the most respected names in the world of sportfishing comes the definitive, full-color guide to 140 of the most common freshwater fish species found in North American rivers, lakes, and streams. Featuring information on identification, habitat, size, and diet, Ken Schultz’s Guide to Freshwater Fish is a must for anglers and sportfishing enthusiasts everywhere.

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Book: Nature in a Nutshell for Kids

Grade 2-4-An appealing hands-on introduction to natural science. Each of the 102 experiments is easy, uses safe and mostly readily available household supplies, and is fun at the same time.

Divided into seasonal sections, the activities have catchy titles, state hypotheses, list materials, lay out procedures, and finish with clear explanations. Among the noteworthy investigations are: how duck feathers react to water, how mountains are formed, what keeps a seal from freezing in icy weather, whether ants prefer sugar or aspertame, and more.

A great educational experience for kids and family.

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Audubon Nature Calendar 2009

The plunging sandstone cliffs of Zion National Park. Oregon’s misty and ethereal Proxy Falls. The oranges, purples, and blues of sunset over California’s Mono Lake. It’s a year of North America’s most dazzling natural treasures, photographed up-close and in vibrant full color. Each of the images – dramatic, pristine, and grand in scale – is an impressive tribute to the beauty and power of the wilderness.

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Neutral Buoyancy: Adventures in a Liquid World

In Neutral Buoyancy, BBC journalist Tim Ecott recounts his ongoing adventures in the “liquid world” of scuba diving, from battling rip tides off the Dorset coast in southwest England to exploring the shark-rich waters of the Caribbean, musing along the way on the history and meaning of humanity’s fascination with diving and reflecting on how his underwater experience has reshaped his life.

Be warned: if you are already a diver, Neutral Buoyancy will heighten the sense that you are wasting far too much precious time on dry land. For the rest, even if your underwater ventures are largely confined to the bath, this book will have you contemplating a trip to your local swimming pool at the very least. Truly inspirational.

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