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Mysterious Manatees

Mysterious Manatees (Hardback)

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Mysterious Manatees is a synergistic partnership between photographer Karen Glaser and writer and scholar John Reynolds, two of the nation's leading interpreters - one artistic, one scientific - of the life and underwater habitat of the manatee. This union of science and art makes for a compelling exploration of the manatee through two independent essays - one textual, one visual - in a book addressed to both specialists and a general audience. To some, an emblem of the tranquility and beauty of natural Florida, to others an obstacle to fast-track growth and good times, the endangered Florida manatee arouses the passions of those who have encountered it and the curiosity of those who have only heard about this huge, enigmatic inhabitant of Florida's coastal waterways. The book opens with Reynolds's scientific account of the interactions between people and manatees, describing the history of manatee hunting, relating what is known about their early distribution and survival, and clarifying the debate about whether manatees are native to Florida. Reynolds also discusses manatee biology and the features that make the animal especially vulnerable to human activities.

Reynolds's complete and authoritative account of manatee biology, management, and conservation concludes with a gallery of plates featuring Glaser's remarkable panoramic photographs. Glaser's 52 beautiful duotone prints capture an intimate, distinctively natural vision of manatees in their own environment, an underwater world illuminated only by the sunlight above. The manatees were photographed in all the diverse conditions that comprise their environment: mud, muck, clear water, rain, sunny or cloudy - all illuminate the forms of these magnificent animals. Mysterious Manatees will appeal to wildlife professionals, amateur naturalists, environmentalists, and lovers of fine photography as a unique combination of fact and image that provides a compelling sense of the mysterious presence of these large yet gentle and graceful sea creatures.

Art, Fashion & PhotographyPhotography & photographsNatural World & The EnvironmentThe natural world, country life & petsWildlife: aquatic creaturesSea life & the seashoreNatural World & The EnvironmentThe natural world, country life & petsWildlife: mammals Publisher: University Press of Florida Publication Date: 30/06/2003 ISBN-13: 9780813026374  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Karen Glaser, a specialist in underwater photography, is the coauthor of Alternative Photographic Process. "Mysterious Manatees," a traveling exhibit of her work organized by the National Museum of Natural History and circulated by the Smithsonian Institution has been presented throughout the United States. John E. Reynolds III is chairman of the U.S. Marine Mammal Commission, manager of the Manatee Research Program at Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota, and professor of marine science and biology at Eckerd College. He has published widely on the subject of marine mammal biology and conservation and is the coauthor of The Bottlenose Dolphin: Biology and Conservation (UPF, 2000) and co-editor of Biology of Marine Mammals.

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