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By David C. Powell, Sylvia A. Earle

ISBN-10: 0520223667

ISBN-13: 9780520223660

This enticing memoir offers one man's lifelong love of the sea and provides a hugely own, behind-the-scenes examine California's excellent 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 smooth fish on bumpy airplanes to nighttime diving for fish within the Indian Ocean, A Fascination for Fish describes a few of the mind-boggling demanding situations that make smooth aquariums attainable and gives an interesting glimpse underneath the ocean's floor.

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

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The streetcar reef was one of those projects that initially seemed like a good idea but in reality was not. ). All that would remain would be the rusting metal and the glass windows. The streetcar reef did o¤er us at least one thrill. Over a nearby area of sandy bottom about a city block in size we came across hundreds of giant sheep crabs. In some places they were literally piled on top of one another. Both sexes were present, with the larger males having a leg spread of over two and a half feet.

My formal schooling was be- 15 hind me, but the lessons I was to learn about marine life were just beginning and would continue for the rest of my career. I would learn about the fascinating behaviors of a host of animals and in so doing develop a profound respect for them. In time I would develop methods for collecting a whole range of animals safely and unharmed, knowing that it was my obligation to care for them as best as I could. A new world lay ahead of me. Ken showed me around the place, pointing out the smaller aquariums, called “Jewel Tanks,” that would be my responsibility.

A pressure regulator maintained the pressure and at the same time released excess gases. Over several hours the pressure was gradually reduced; then the cooker was opened up and, hopefully, the live, decompressed fishes taken out. We took the pressure cooker down with us when we dove, and as we collected the rockfish by hand net we put them in the pot and sealed the lid. Logistically, the di‹culties multiplied when Marineland’s curator, John Prescott, built a large, heavy pressure tank—the Mark II decompression chamber.

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