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I am an author of books on wildlife and science for adults and kids; I like to tell a story that hasn't been told using my own style of narrative nonfiction. I am also a researcher and lecturer (working in Japan, Russia and many other countries). I like exploring new frontiers, trying new things...I have been very fortunate to work with various dolphin and whale species in many countries, as well as ants in the tropical rain forest.

My first book, Orca: The Whale Called Killer, tells the story of seven summers I spent living among three big "families" or pods of killer whales (orcas) off northern Vancouver Island, Canada.

In Seasons of the Whale, I follow several known humpback, right and blue whales through a momentous year in their lives -- a true story of the year that the North Atlantic Ocean began to "talk back" to those who cared about it as well as those who didn't.

In The Earth Dwellers, I get down to a few centimeters off the ground and trace several years in the lives of a colony of leafcutter ants and the scientists who study them in Costa Rica. In alternative chapters, I weave the story of the ants and the story of the scientists -- two well known entomologists (insect scientists), EO Wilson from Harvard and Bill Brown from Cornell who trade arguments, jokes and banter in their pursuit of the big find.

I loved researching and writing Creatures of the Deep, with its literary, historical, mythical and actual journeys to the bottom of the sea as well as along the world's longest mountain range (underwater) and starting from the tiniest organisms up the long food chain to the top predators. It's a story of a dark, high pressure, unexplored world and bizarre, little known creatures that communicate by touch, flashing lights and who knows what else.

These books are for adults but variously enjoyed by young adults and older kids. I have also written four other books just for kids.

As a working scientist and conservationist, I also write scientific papers, reports and books such as Marine Protected Areas for Whales, Dolphins and Porpoises. A world handbook for cetacean habitat conservation (Earthscan, London, 516pp, 2005). I am Senior Research Fellow with the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society and a member of the IUCN Species Survival Commission - Cetacean Specialist Group as well the IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas and the High Seas Task Force. I also help direct the Far East Russia Orca Project, a long-term project with Russian scientists to understand the killer whales in the vast Russian waters.

I enjoy giving talks and illustrated presentations. In the past few years, I have been invited to speak in the UK, France, Russia, Indonesia, Taiwan, Japan, the US, Mexico, Peru, Panama, Monaco, Argentina and Chile. I especially enjoyed working in Japan giving simulated whale watch presentations at the 2005 World Expo (theme: nature's wonders) and at the World Whale Watching Conference and the Symposium: New Tales about Whales in Science, Society & Art, at the UN University, Tokyo, Dec 2010. My other talks are about "my life with orcas", creating marine reserves, "from ants to whales", and the future of marine conservation, "creatures of the deep", and the best dolphin and whale watching around the world. I also give talks on writing popular science with a story: narrative nonfiction, and on preparing book proposals that sell.

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[Reviews of previous edition: ] 'Outstanding photographs and a well-written, enthusiastic text ... a worthwhile addition to school science collections' -- Rayna Patton, VOYA [Voice of Youth Advocates]. 'More than a picture book ... Hoyt's elegant writing provides both the historical background for deep-sea exploration and an ecological perspective on life in the ocean's depths' -- American Scientist. 'A magnificent bestiary ... and a reminder of how little we actually know about the seas surrounding us' -- Popular Science.

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Erich Hoyt has spent much of his life on, beneath or near the sea, working with whales and dolphins and marine conservation. The acclaimed author of Orca: The Whale Called Killer and many other books, Hoyt lives and works in North Berwick, Scotland.


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Beautiful and educational 21. September 2014
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This full-color coffee table book is filled with gorgeous photographs of deep and not-so-deep sea life. Whether it’s a humpback whale, a great white shark, or a ray dramatically leaping into the air above the water’s surface or nightmarish looking creatures like the dragon fish that emit waves of light to hunt along the pitch black deepest depths, the photography does not disappoint. The accompanying text is full of information about about the ocean, the specific zones of depth, sea life in general and ecological conditions and factors affecting sea life. It’s not meant to be a crash course on oceanography but you will definitely come away with a healthy dose of extra knowledge regarding the oceans and the life within them. It’s a wonderful book to share with your children as well to introduce them to the wonders of the sea.
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Not a coffee table book - better! 22. Oktober 2014
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The title and cover photo are a bit misleading; this isn't just a picture about 'deep-sea creatures,' it's about the 'sea's monsters' whether they live near the surface or at its greatest depths. It discusses the weird toothy fish like the one on the cover that live in darkness and use bioluminescence, but also the devilfish (ray) that flings itself above the waves. Sharks are discussed (but not overly so) along with whales, jellyfish, squid, the crustaceans that live around deep thermal vents, and even tiny phytoplankton. It's not a complete encyclopedia of ocean life, but does a pretty good job of covering the subjective term "monsters."

It's also a beautiful book. Because of its size and amount of beautiful photos, you might be tempted to think of it as a coffee table book, but it's actually very well-written (although I must admit, I find myself constantly drawn to those great pictures). The author is obviously passionate and knowledgeable about the ocean and it's nice to find a book that discusses it in an intelligent way but doesn't become too textbook-ish. I found the organization rather confusing, however, and the breakdown of the parts isn't apparent or explained. As near as I could tell, part 1 explains the different zones of the ocean, from the surface waters down to the deepest trenches, and some of the animals that are found in each. Part 2 focuses more on the individual creatures themselves and the food chains, and part 3 is about the geography of the ocean floor, its mountains and the role of tectonic plates - while once again, discussing many of the creatures that live there, such as those worms etc. that live around thermal vents. Part 4 explains conservation efforts and the history of our study of the ocean - or at least that's how I saw it. Nonetheless, a very beautiful and well-written book that will appeal to kids and parents alike.
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Amazing sea monsters, fantastic book 30. Oktober 2014
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Excellent photography, and eminently readable, each of which is remarkable, but in combination, they make this book truly excellent.

I have recently been disappointed by several similar "coffee table"/reference books; the photo or printing quality was poor, the writing was simplistic, dry, and/or focused so deeply on one aspect on the subject that all else was neglected. None of those problems are present here.

The photography is fantastic, and the printing and paper quality are high. The writing is accessible without being facile. The text discusses different aspects of oceanography- including animals, ecosystems, geography, etc. It also discusses them from a variety of different subject perspectives- including biology, history, ecology/conservation, etc.
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Erich Hoyt 26. September 2014
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When I first looked at Erich Hoyts book Creatures of the Deep: In Search of the Sea's Monsters and the World They live In, I mistakenly thought it would only be about the creatures at the greatest depths of the ocean. I wasn't sure that I wanted to read about just these rather odd and gruesome looking creatures. In fact, this is a book about the diversity of the ocean life.
Erich Hoyt writes from personnel experience and discovery. He writes with a passion which grabs hold of the reader and makes one want to hear and see more.
This book does not read like an old textbook, but rather like an exciting story told by a master storyteller. Hoyt not only describes the life in the ocean, but also the early myths/history, media coverage (such as the movie Jaws, among others) and even the most recent ocean exploration by James Cameron ( Titanic, Avatar).
Hoyt, in the first chapters of "Creatures", takes the reader on a trip from the ocean surface to the greatest depth using his " iMonstercam". This is a great introduction to the various ocean layers and what is found at the different levels and the characteristics of each. In the second part of the book, chapters are devoted to various creatures and how they are perceived by the public as well as the reality of each. An example is the chapter titled "Big Sharks". All of the descriptive writing is interspersed with anecdotes, history, public misconceptions and new information.
Throughout "Creatures", the photos are amazing. The photography is of the highest quality and brings the various creatures into beautiful clarity. I really love good writing and great photos, this is a book filled with both. I highly recommend Creatures of the Deep for those who love good non-fiction writing and enjoy learning more about the amazing oceans. This is a very easy read and is hard to put down.
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Start Your Ocean Explorations Here: Excellent Text, Beautiful Photos of Deep-Sea Creatures 25. September 2014
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CREATURES OF THE DEEP is a rarity among affordable coffee-table books--it has an excellent, readable text, in addition to beautiful photographs of creatures from all five layers of the sea.

Part One of the text describes a hypothetical descent from the ocean's surface to its floor, noting what the deep sea explorer will experience, see, and learn in each layer. The descent begins with the Epipelagic zone (e.g., whales); continues through the Mesopelagic zone (e.g., anglerfish, viperfish shown on cover), the Bathypelagic zone (e.g., vampire squid, cold water corals), and the Abyssopelagic zone (e.g., giant squid); until it ends with the Hadal zone (e.g., sea cucumber). My favorite section is the description of the deepest zone, which also includes accounts of famous deep-sea researchers and bathyscaphe explorations.

Part Two focuses on specific sea creatures (sharks, plankton, copepods, jellyfish, squid, whales, dragonfish), and the ocean-dweller food chain.

Part Three discusses tectonic plates, ocean mountain ranges, and hydrothermal vents (plus the creatures living there (e.g., tubeworms, vent shrimp, microbes and other microorganisms)).

Part Four describes marine life census projects (tagging predators, identifying new species), the conservation of sea creatures' habitats, and the conservation of oceans in general.

If this book inspires you or someone in your family to learn more, you might consider these other beautiful coffee-table-sized books: The Deep: The Extraordinary Creatures of the Abyss (rare photos of deep-sea creatures, with page-margin hash marks showing the ocean zone that harbors each creature); Ocean: The World's Last Wilderness Revealed (a Cousteau factoid book filled with information about the oceans; photos of plants, fish, and everything else that lives in the sea; and descriptions of many, many ocean species); and Oceanic Wilderness (a huge book with lovely fish photos taken on underwater dives, now remaindered).
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