Wonders of the Sea
Wonders of the Sea Volume Three: Hidden Treasures of California’s Far North Coast is now available from Living Sea Images. Marc Shargel's third coffee-table book takes readers on a visual voyage beneath the ocean to discover marine life from the Oregon Border to Point Arena, near Mendocino. The book reveals an array of marine life unseen by any but the few hearty divers who visit these rugged shores. It carries readers on an exploratory trip from north to south, stopping to look below the surface at the ecological hot spots that dot Northern California’s coastline, where sea life thrives and divers, surfers, boaters, birders, and tidepoolers are treated to a glimpse of nature at its best.
Created by award-winning marine photographer Marc Shargel, the book is a window onto the diverse ocean life of far Northern California. Just offshore from the redwoods-covered mountains that characterize this northernmost quarter of the California coast lies a rainbow of color and a diversity of forms, an array of life so different from what we find on land that it seems like another world. Over one hundred vividly reproduced color images present this underwater world, resulting in a beautiful volume that is a feast for the eyes of both adults and children. The photographs are complemented by informative and readable text that takes the reader on a tour along the shoreline of far Northern California, and investigates the ecology of the undersea life that is found there.
The author recalls the region’s past, as well, taking a look backward to see the status of marine life in the region as much as a hundred years ago and more. The ocean’s past is chronicled through archival images and historic accounts. Surprisingly, despite the region’s relatively small population, a disturbing trend of diminished marine life emerges. The book also describes and illustrates half a dozen different marine habitats found in Northern California, each giving rise to a unique collection of animals and plants. Many of the locations highlighted in the book are now eligible for increased protection under the California Marine Life Protection Act.
Ecology, marine biology, and natural history interwoven with human history all emerge from the pages of Wonders of the Sea, illuminated by brilliant photography. The pictures come to life in stories told by divers, educators, students, and businesspeople, all local residents. Their voices describe the intimate relationship between Northern Californians and their ocean. The value of Wonders of the Sea Volume Three: Hidden Treasures of California’s Far North Coast, transcends the beautiful images and compelling tales found on its pages. Extensive reference notes provide a wealth of information about sea life and habitats. A companion website offers links to cited sources, and information about conservation efforts underway to protect Northern California’s ocean.
Copies of Wonders of the Sea Volume Three: Hidden Treasures of California’s Far North Coast was released on October 7, 2010. The book is 104 pages including 107 full-color images and 10 archival images, 12 x 9 inches, published by Living Sea Images. It retails for $39.95 and wholesale pricing is available to the trade. You can buy Wonders of the Sea Volume Three and its predecessor volumes,Wonders of the Sea: North Central California's Living Marine Riches and Wonders of the Sea Volume Two: Marine Jewels of Southern California's Coast and Islands at a growing list of retail outlets, and there are two online purchase options. Signed copies are available through the author’s own website. The e-commerce system accepts payment via mailed checks or PayPal, which accommodates all major credit cards. Amazon.com offers unsigned copies, but their free shipping offer saves almost $7.
Marc Shargel has been diving the California Coast for over 30 years. He offers a stock photography file of 10,000 images, fine art enlargements, and a line of notecards featuring over 100 of his most popular images. His images have won awards in regional, national and international competitions. His stock photography has been used to promote marine conservation and has illustrated books, magazines, CDs, museum exhibits and websites.
Wonders of the Sea has turned three! Own them all. See Volume One and Volume Two:
Wonders of the Sea: North Central California's Living Marine Riches and
Wonders of the Sea Volume Two: Marine Jewels of Southern California’s Coast and Islands