Books That I Must Have

2 comments May 22nd, 2007at 11:07am Posted by Eli

Awesome.

The images arrayed here come from “The Deep: The Extraordinary Creatures of the Abyss” (University of Chicago Press, 2007), by Claire Nouvian, a French journalist and film director. In its preface, Ms. Nouvian writes of an epiphany that began her undersea journey.

“It was as though a veil had been lifted,” she says, “revealing unexpected points of view, vaster and more promising.”

The photographs she has selected celebrate that sense of the unexpected. Bizarre species from as far down as four and half miles are shown in remarkable detail, their tentacles lashing, eyes bulging, lights flashing. The eerie translucence of many of the gelatinous creatures seems to defy common sense. They seem to be living water.

On page after page, it is as if aliens had descended from another world to amaze and delight. A small octopus looks like a child’s squeeze toy. A seadevil looks like something out of a bad dream. A Ping-Pong tree sponge rivals artwork that might be seen in an upscale gallery.

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One shows a dense colony of brittle stars, their arms intertwined and overlapping, their masses in the distance merging with the blackness of the seabed, alive, inhabiting a place once thought to be a lifeless desert.

Craig M. Young of the Oregon Institute of Marine Biology writes in the book that the diversity of life in the abyss “may exceed that of the Amazon Rain Forest and the Great Barrier Reef combined.”

Do be sure to click through to the review and check out the slideshow for more bizarre creatures. And tell me that the yellow dumbo octopus doesn’t look just like a Pokemon.

Entry Filed under: Books,Coolness,Science,Weirdness

2 Comments

  • 1. four legs good  |  May 22nd, 2007 at 1:50 pm

    Okay, I must have that too.

    Loves me some deep sea creatures.

  • 2. Jenny from the Blog  |  May 22nd, 2007 at 2:54 pm

    Awesome! I needs me that book too.

    Have a great photo-trip youse guys. :)


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