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The Search for the Giant Squid: The Biology and Mythology of the World's Most Elusive Sea Creature (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 1. Oktober 1999


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  • Taschenbuch: 336 Seiten
  • Verlag: Penguin (Non-Classics) (1. Oktober 1999)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0140286764
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140286762
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 14,1 x 1,9 x 21,5 cm
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The sea contains many mysteries, and among the most enduring of them are giant squids of the genus Architeuthis. About this squid, known as the "kraken" in classical mythology, we know little, except, oceanographic writer Richard Ellis notes, that "it occasionally washes ashore--and when that happens, we don't know why." Some of these odd creatures, Ellis notes, are 60 feet long, cannibalistic, and patently fierce, with the largest eyes of any animal on the planet (useful for seeing in the inky darkness of the deep sea). They're not the kind of thing you'd want to encounter on a benthic shelf, as Ian Fleming made clear in Doctor No, in which superspy James Bond had one such unpleasant meeting. But, thanks to Ellis's well-researched account, they make the perfect subject for armchair sleuthing, and he tells you just about everything you'd want to know about the giant squid, from the biologists and explorers and cryptozoologists who have hunted for it over the centuries, and much more. --Gregory McNamee -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.

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Presents a study of the mythology and biology of the real deep sea monster Architeuthis.

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Since childhood I've been intrigued with undiscovered places, animals, and mysteries. It was with a flush of excitement that I saw the giant pink squid complete with hubcap eye staring out at me from the nature bookshelf. It beckoned to come and read about the search for this elusive creature. Visions of the medieval woodblock of the Kraken demolishing a ship danced in my head. I am ashamed to admit that I was indeed hoping for some Benchley-esque anecdotal stories of fishermen battling against this 60 foot long monster, but of course that wasn't to be. Ellis produces a very scholarly, disciplined, non-tabloid <grin> detective novel, describing the previous sightings and ultimate resting places for the carcasses. Much of the writing is speculative since none of these animals have been captured or observed in the wild. The famous mythos of sperm whale battles at great depths are examined, as are the earliest recorded wash-ups on shore. It is a pity that more information has not surfaced about their eating and living patterns. But again, what little information there is available is presented well, and it becomes clear that Ellis is quite enamored with this mysterious denizen of the murky depths. I do agree however with some of the other reviews, that this information could have been distilled into a serialized article in a nature magazine or similar. It's rather eerie and actually scary to consider Ellis' description of these giants, hanging motionless in the dark ocean forever watching with their unblinking eyes, waiting for the chance to dine. Overall, an interesting read, which should lead one to perk up their ears if there is ever a report of one of these beasts being captured or observed in the wild.
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I'm really torn about this one. On the one hand, I don't think that this is book that lay people can enjoy; we simply know too little about Architeuthis to satisfy the general public. On the other hand, as a specialist, I found what information there was to be really interesting. The sad fact is that although the giant squid is a very enigmatic organism, we simply haven't been able to acquire much information about it. By this I mean we know VERY little about the giant squid. Most of the ecological data we do have comes from gut content analysis of whale stomachs or dissections of semi-rotting carcasses. We don't have enough information about Architeuthis to satsify scientists, let alone the general pubilic. That said, however, this was an excellent review of the information that is available about giant squids. It's hard to get this type of information, in a digestable format, about most organisms. Sadly, though, I think this work should have been published in a journal, perhaps the American Scientist, rather than being published as a mass consumption book. My overall conclusion is: if your a lay person, stay clear you likely won't get much out of this; if your a specialist go for it! It's cheap and a handy reference. Don't be too excited about the section on squid ecology, however, it's not particularly detailed and there are much better reviews elsewhere.
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This is a disappointing book, even though I have been fascinated with giant squids all my life. Did those reviewers designating it so exciting on the cover and frontispiece actually read the book? There simply is not enough known about this animal to fill a book for the general public, and thus Ellis has to fill it out with exhaustive accounts of every carcass found, technical information on other squid genera that is only of interest to other squid specialists, and a chapter on squid display models which, well researched though it is, really is not the kind of thing one buys a book to learn about at such length. Ellis also needed a better editor -- there is a little too much repetition. Ellis' MONSTERS OF THE SEA was great, but there really isn't enough more here about Architeuthis to justify a separate book, and one cannot help suspecting that this one is designed to take advantage of the particular market value of this marvelous creature. Ellis did us a great service with the previous book; this one, however, really is not worth it unless you are a teuthologist.
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This is a wonderful book. It combines fascinating facts and figures on one of the world's most mysterious creatures with the spooky attraction of a ghost story. I've been intrigued by the giant squid ever since I first learned that it really existed when I was little, and I bought this book as soon as it came out. Not only is it scientific and scholarly in structure, but Mr. Ellis writes with humor and wit throughout, and in consequence you can learn and enjoy it at the same time. In fact, although the book is clearly intended for adult readers, I would not hesitate to recommend it for students and older children, since the eerie attraction of a story about a slimy monster from the deep is pretty irresistible at any age (I wish the book had come out when I was a child), and the fact that the "monster" really exists makes it all the more fascinating.
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I liked this book. Granted, there is very little is known about this wonderful creature. At times it seemed like the author was just trying to fill pages but with the giant squid, you have to do something. I liked that he did go into how the animal was discovered and how our knowledge of giant squid has developed through time. This is undoubtly one of the coolest sea creatures in the world, so it was nice to get a pretty thorough story. He does describe some of the many other squids, I liked that because he gives you a feel for how diverse and cool squids are. It did get a little slow towards the end but I was still very pleased with the book overall. This book gives a very complete treatment of this legendary beast.
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