MUCK -- Life at the Bottom is a representative glimpse at the biodiversity of the marine life that lives in the "muck" at the bottom of Lembeh Strait, North Sulawesi, Indonesia.
Featuring the underwater photography of Jody and Elissa Thompson, this book begins with an introduction to the ecology and geography of Lembeh Strait, and then becomes a practical reference guide for the identification of over 120 marine species found within recreational dive limits. Photographs of closely related species are grouped together and illustrate myriad variations, unique reproductive and child rearing behavior, mimicry, camouflage and other unique characteristics.
Indices of common and scientific names are followed by a bibliography to assist the reader in learning more about the unusual and rare marine inhabitants of Lembeh Strait
Jody is a senior marketing executive and consultant in workers' compensation software and workflow technology. Elissa is a biologist and crime laboratory director. After becoming certified divers in 2000, Jody and Elissa became increasingly interested in exploring different cultures and unique underwater environments. Their travels have taken them to some of the most unique and ecologically rich places in the world including, The Bahamas, Mexico, Honduras, Jamaica, Tanzania, Palau, Maldives, Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, and their own backyard the California coast. Their passion for underwater exploration, marine biodiversity and underwater photography have been translated into a new series of dive travel and species Identification books. Written and photographed for recreational divers and those who want to know more about the location and species they see, these books bring to life the richness of our fragile marine communities.
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