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Sea critters
Earle, Sylvia A., 1935-
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Publication Information:
Washington, D.C. : National Geographic Society, [2000]

Physical Description:
31 pages : color illustrations ; 29 cm
Examines a variety of animals found in the sea, including jellyfish, worms, scallops, and squids.
Reading Level:
IG 960 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 5.1 0.5 60938.

Reading Counts RC 3-5 5.7 3 Quiz: 22628 Guided reading level: O.
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Young readers encounter a delightful array of critters that live in the ocean.

-- Outstanding Science Trade Book for Children

Author Notes

Sylvia Earle can lay claim to the titles marine botanist, environmentalist, businesswoman, writer, and deep-sea explorer. Of them all, the last is perhaps the one that most captures the imagination. She has spent more than 6,000 hours (over seven months) underwater. In 1979, she attached herself to a submarine that took her, at times as fast as 100 feet per minute, to the ocean floor 1,250 feet below. Dressed in a "Jim suit," a futuristic concoction of plastic and metal armor, she made the deepest solo dive ever made without a cable connecting her to a support vessel at the surface. This daring dive is comparable to the NASA voyage to the moon 10 years before.

In 1984 Earle became the co-designer (with Graham Hawkes) of Deep Rover, a deep-sea submersible capable of exploring the midwaters of the ocean. Their company, Deep Ocean Technology, went on to develop a second-generation submersible, Deep Flight, that can speed through the ocean at depths of as much as 4,000 feet. Currently under development is Ocean Everest, expected to operate at a depth of up to 35,800 feet, which will take scientists to the deepest parts of the sea. Although the uses of submersibles are still largely scientific, Earle hopes that they might one day transport laypeople to the bottom of the sea. She feels that the "experience of flying through a dark ocean, of watching the lights of a luminescent creature flash all around us" might help us gain more respect for the largely unexplored ocean world.

In addition to the scientific work that led to her being appointed in 1990 as chief scientist of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Earle has worked tirelessly to educate the public. Working with Al Giddings, she coauthored a documentary film, Gentle Giants of the Pacific, which appeared on public television in 1980. In the same year, their book Exploring the Deep Frontier appeared. It includes a discussion of the "Jim dive."

Her most recent scientific and environmental work has been to assess the environmental damage caused by the Prince William Sound oil spill and the results of Iraq's destruction of some 400 oil wells during the 1991 Persian Gulf War.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Ages 6^-9. Marine biologist Earle's photo-essay Dive! (1999) is a splendid, hands-on introduction to the new deep-sea frontier. Now, for slightly younger children, she describes a range of unusual "sea critters," from sponges and Christmas-tree worms to sea squirts and moray eels. Her style is lively, clear, and sometimes lyrical ("the many-armed sea lilies . . . lift their feathery arms to gather very small creatures that flow past in the surrounding sea." ). She's informal without being cute. Only the overuse of exclamation points is jarring ("Water is magical!" "It's an ocean filled with life!"); the facts are dramatic enough. Henry's full-page, brilliantly colored photos are astonishing and exquisitely reproduced. Combined with the exciting words, they make children see a new world. --Hazel Rochman

School Library Journal Review

Gr 1-4-A lovely, browsable introduction to some of the groupings of animals that live in the ocean. It employs a double-page format with a full-color photograph of one or more representatives facing a page of explanatory text and full-color drawings. The groupings describe key elements that clarify the relationships. For example, jellyfish, corals, and anemones are grouped together as "The Stingers." The casual language used throughout the narrative creates a sense of informality, e.g., "Some [squid]-can signal pals-." Unfortunately, there is no pronunciation help provided for many of the terms used. This is particularly frustrating in the jellyfish entry as Cnidaria sounds completely different from the way it looks. The photographs throughout are stunning and engaging, from the explosion of shades of yellow of the gold cup coral and the brilliant burgundy of the frilly Christmas-tree worms, to the in-your-face close-up of the hermit crab.- Frances E. Millhouser, Chantilly Regional Library, VA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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