THE DANCE OF THE FLYING GURNARDS: THE INCREDIBLE STORIES OF AMERICA'S COASTAL CURIOSITIES AND BEACHS
Author: John Waldman
Publisher: GLOBE PEQUOT ( THE LYONS PRESS, FALCON), Aug 2002
Describes basic & surprising marine phenomena, celebrating what is observable by people who watch, touch, or float upon the sea. B&W illus; 6x9 inches, 208 pgs.
A fascinating guide to the strange and beautiful wonders of coastal waters.
Praise for John Waldman?s Heartbeats in the Muck:
?[An] exemplary and compact work of popular ecology.? ?Publishers Weekly
The bizarre, bottom-dwelling gurnard resembles a flying fish, but contrary to popular belief and local lore, its winglike fins propel it in search of food or puff out to warn a predator, rather than allow it to take flight. It is just one of the fascinating entries in the Dance of the Flying Gurnards, the first informative and engaging sourcebook to introduce beachgoers, waterfront residents, vacationers, and boaters to the natural charms and menaces of the three North American coastlines. This guide describes basic and surprising marine phenomena, celebrating what is observable by people who watch, touch, or float upon the sea. Waldman touches on such subjects as:
swimming at night and ?lighting up? among swarms of bioluminescent plankton
a phenomenon in Mobile Bay called ?the Jubilee,? where thousands upon thousands of fish throw themselves onto the shore
the simple joy of making blowfish puff up
how and where red tides occur, and why they are dangerous
The Dance of the Flying Gurnards is broad in scope and includes Waldman?s personal anecdotes and the stories of fellow beachgoers and mariners who have seen the strangest and most beautiful phenomena the coast has to offer. The Dance of the Flying Gurnards is a fascinating and informative guide that will be perfect for anyone who loves the coast and wants to know more.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
John Waldman is an ichthyologist, fisherman, and writer. He is the author of Heartbeats in the Muck: A Dramatic Look at the History, Sea Life, and Environment of New York Harbor. He lives in Sea Cliff, New York and works in Manhattan at the Hudson River Foundation for Science and Environmental Research.