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Galapagos: World's End by William Beebe

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Galapagos: World's End

William Beebe
Mineola, New York: Dover Publications, Inc., 1924

Sylvia Earle, Ph.D.Recommended by:
Sylvia Earle, Ph.D.

I fell in love with the stories by William Beebe, who was an ocean explorer. He discussed what it was like to go down inside a submersible and peer out of a porthole and see beautiful, luminescent fish, with lights down the side like ocean liners. Bizarre creatures of the sort that you just don't see walking down the street, or going into the forest, or even looking around in shallow water. The aquariums of the world, as wonderful and diverse as they are, do not have the sort of creatures that Beebe described from his exploration back in the 1930s. I found that utterly inspiring.

About the Book

A great naturalist's spontaneous impressions of the land, sea, birds, reptiles, fish and insects of the remote island chain that inspired Charles Darwin.