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By David C. Powell, Sylvia A. Earle

This attractive memoir provides one man's lifelong love of the sea and offers a hugely own, behind-the-scenes examine California's amazing and cutting edge aquariums. David Powell, for a few years curator of the world-renowned Monterey Bay Aquarium, tells the tale of his existence as a pioneering aquarist. From dealing with nice white sharks to transporting tender fish on bumpy airplanes to nighttime diving for fish within the Indian Ocean, A Fascination for Fish describes some of the mind-boggling demanding situations that make smooth aquariums attainable and gives an exciting glimpse underneath the ocean's floor.

Powell's occupation in diving and aquarium improvement is going again to the start of contemporary tools in either components. From the early options he devised to get fish into aquariums alive and fit to his later exploratory dive to a intensity of 11 hundred ft in a two-person submarine, Powell's action-packed narrative conjures up laughter, ask yourself, and philosophical mirrored image. A Fascination for Fish additionally contains many tales approximately Powell's diving adventures at the California coast, within the Sea of Cortez, and in lots of distant and unique destinations world wide.

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To this was added the mind-numbing nitrogen narcosis, and I was in big trouble. This event was a vivid demonstration to me that deep dives when you are physically stressed can be dangerous. I was careful to make all future deep dives only when I was feeling physically and mentally relaxed. If I didn’t feel good, I didn’t dive. the mysterious sunken pier Just o¤ the beach of Redondo at the south end of Santa Monica Bay is the head of a precipitous submarine canyon. With the nearest natural harbor being far away in San Diego, the city of Redondo Beach took advantage of the canyon’s deep water and the partial protection of the bay to erect a pier that could handle ships carrying goods and people to the growing area of Los Angeles.

Although Farnsworth Bank is now a marine preserve, collecting this purple coral for public aquarium exhibits was permitted in the early years. We found the best coral heads at 130 feet and deeper. It became a dangerous challenge to carefully chisel them loose and bring them up to the boat, given the limited bottom time and air supply we had at that depth. On one memorable dive in 1966, on a Sea World boat, we located a f i r s t l o o k at re a l i s m 31 the top of the pinnacle and dropped anchor on it.

Marineland of the pacific 27 3 a f i r s t l o o k at r e a l i s m A t every opportunity I was out collecting animals for either Marineland of the Pacific or my own home aquarium. The fish and invertebrate life I saw while underwater or in the rich tide pools of Palos Verdes Peninsula was much more impressive than what was represented in the comparatively bare and static aquariums at the oceanarium. For instance, Marineland had an exhibit of tide pool animals and plants, but unlike real tide pools with their dynamic waves and surge, it was motionless.

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