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Giant Squid: Searching for a Sea Monster…

Giant Squid: Searching for a Sea Monster (Smithsonian) (udgave 2012)

af Mary M. Cerullo (Forfatter)

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"Describes the science of the giant squid and the challenges in finding and learning about this cephalopod"--
Titel:Giant Squid: Searching for a Sea Monster (Smithsonian)
Forfattere:Mary M. Cerullo (Forfatter)
Info:Capstone Press (2012), 48 pages
Samlinger:SCM Exploring What God Has Made, Dit bibliotek

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Giant Squid: Searching for a Sea Monster (Smithsonian) af Mary M. Cerullo


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Fascinating, engagingly written account of giant squids and the scientists who study them, accompanied by stunning photos and illuminating diagrams. I always wondered how squids and their relatives, such as the octopus, propelled themselves backwards. "A squid can make a quick escape using jet propulsion. It shoots water out of its body through a funnel to rocket backward, like a balloon suddenly releasing its air." The balloon analogy helped me to picture this exactly and the labeled drawing on page 13 showed me where the squid's funnel is located, right below it's eye. Clyde Roper is a real adventure-scientist, willing to wade into the guts of a dead, beached sperm whale to search for squid beaks in all three stomachs, and braving squid bites to dive with Humboldt squid, and observe their hunting techniques to imagine what the giant squid might do. Beautiful photos of squid relatives including the chambered nautilis, cuttlefish, octopus, calamari squid (luminescently rainbow-colored), and glass squid (stunning). I only wish the author had provided sizes for these animals, but I can look them up on the web. Includes a glossary, websites, book resources, and index. ( )
  bookwren | Nov 16, 2013 |
great science read ( )
  melodyreads | Dec 12, 2012 |
Is it possible to have too many giant squid books? In my opinion, you can NEVER have too many!

This Smithsonian title published by Capstone is lavishly illustrated with striking black and white tentacles, photographs, and historical illustrations. It has an excellent layout, different colored pages highlighting different arcs of the plot from historical legends about the giant squid to current scientific research.

The text follows the ancient tales of the kraken up to present-day explorations of the giant squid's deep sea habitat, focusing on the lifelong studies of Clyde Roper. Beginning with his observations of snails, he moved on to study other mollusks and eventually became fascinated with the giant squid. With the help of other scientists, he was able to discover many unknown details about the squid's life. The book ends with the first live photos of the giant squid and talks about some of the aspects of this mysterious creature that are still unknown.

A glossary, index, and further reading are included.

Verdict: This is a great look at current research on the giant squid, written for a younger middle grade audience. There's plenty of gory dissection pictures as well as scientific photos to wow the readers. Pair this with H. P. Newquist's Here There Be Monsters for older kids and have a squid book for every reader! Highly recommended.

ISBN: 1429675411; Published by Capstone; Ebook provided by the publisher through Netgalley; Purchased for the library
  JeanLittleLibrary | Jun 10, 2012 |
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To Cindy Hibbert, Jill McMahon, and Tina Armstrong, for friendships that endure. -M.C.
To Ingrid, who has supported my work throughout my entire career, as a partner on many expeditions, and as editor and technical adviser in my writing and teaching. For all of this assistance I am eternally grateful. -C.F.E.R.
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Without warning, a gigantic, twisting tentacle bursts out of a dark sea.
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In college, Clyde studied the group of mollusks called cephalopods, a word that means "head-footed." He learned al he could about the many types of squids and their relatives - octopuses, cuttlefishes, and chambered nautiluses. Each member of this group has a flexible body with big eyes and a mouth surrounded by many arms. Octopuses have eight arms. Squids and cuttlefishes have eight arms plus two tentacles. But the chambered nautilis holds the record, with 80-100 arms! (p. 14)
Researchers have estimated the population of giant squid by counting the number of giant squid beaks found inside sperm whales' stomachs. One sperm whale may eat as many as 20,000 squids a week. Of those, perhaps only three are giants. So one sperm whale may devour about 150 giant squid a year. It's estimated that there are at least 400,000 [to perhaps more than a million!] sperm whales living in all the world's oceans. So how many giant squid do all those whales eat each year? That 60 million giant squid! Of course, not all giant squid are eaten by sperm whales, so there could be many more millions of giant squid hiding deep in the world's oceans. (p. 21)
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