Martin Wells: Civilization and the Limpet. Perseus Books,
This is a fascinating reading book for
nature lovers, divers and all that admire oceans. Wells is a marine
biologist and his book deals with the secrets and mysteries of all
the living things in the sea. Reading the book is fascinating from
the first page on; the titles of the 25 chapters (“Hot fish”, “Drinking
seawater”, “Crawling up walls and walking on water”, to name a
few) give an impression of the random walks through marine life.
The marine world is so different from our terrestrial world that
everybody gets fascinated by viewing whales, sea urchins, or
animals of the deep sea. There are many simple questions about
life in the sea: how does diving of fish work? How do they deal with
increased pressure on their bodies if they go deeper and deeper?
Each chapter depicts one aspect of life in oceans and can be read
by itself. There are animals that change sex during their lifetime
and there are animals that go flash in the night. In between these
fascinating little stories, Wells does not forget to send a clear
message to the readers: our adverse influence on the sea and the
necessity of taking care of the oceans. Finally, many people make
their living of products from the sea. The book deserves a wide
readership and is a wonderful reading for vacation. Wells writes in
his preface: “I believe life is more interesting if you know what is
going on around you”. Readers learn a lot of what is going on in
the sea by reading this book.