How could a manatee with its whiskered face and distinctly rotund shape be mistaken for a seductive mermaid by ancient sailors? Manatees, the reclusive sea cows who love nothing more than to eat sea grass and sleep, are a marine mammal. They use their paddle-like tail to slowly cruise the coastal and inland waters of Florida. These sausage-shaped oddities have endeared themselves to us with their mysterious and gentle nature, shy curiosity, and whimsical face. Manatees: The Gentle Giants steps back from all of the controversy surrounding this endangered animal to present a photographic portrait of manatees just being manatees. This collection of photographs contains intimate portraits of mothers and calves as well as manatees doing amusing acrobatics and posing for the camera. Using his rapport with his subjects, the photographer captures not only the serene beauty of the springs, but also the manatees' natural curiosity and unusual physical traits. Many of the natural behaviors displayed in the pictures are surprising. The beautiful photographs are an excellent introduction to the personalities of these leisurely vegetarians. Readers who have fallen in love with manatees can use the lists of places where someone can see manatees either in captivity or in wild viewing areas. This book offers a priviledged glimpse into the world of the manatee narrating to us through photographs the beauty and drama that are these unique gentle giants.
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Gregory Sweeney has been working as an underwater photographer for more than a decade. He has a degree in wildlife management and spent several years working as a wildlife biologist/park ranger for the National Park Service. Gregory has spent much time with the manatees in their winter habitat in cental Florida's freshwater springs. Over man seasons he has perfected the techniques of photographing these large subjects and has built a rapport with the manatees. Karen Keberle specializes in information systems but balances her techincal side with music, art, photography, and digital arts. Already an accomplished digital image editor, she learned the skills necessary to produce and promote this book. Both Gregory and Karen believes in promoting a healthy attitude toward marine life through education and public awareness. Through their images they hope to encourage others to protect the oceans and their intrinsic beauty.Review:
This book is a visual celebration which will appeal to divers and nondivers alike. --Peter Rowlings, Underwater Photographer Magazine Jan 2006
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Descrizione libro Cuttlefish Publishing, 2005. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria P110977287300
Descrizione libro Cuttlefish Publishing. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. 0977287300 New Condition. Codice libro della libreria NEW6.0661714