Wednesday, April 13, 2011
1) Williams, Wendy. Kraken: The Curious, Exciting, and Slightly Disturbing Science of Squid. 2011. Abrams Image. Hardbound: 223 pages. Price: $21.95 U.S.
SUMMARY: Kraken is the traditional name for gigantic sea monsters, and this book introduces one of the most charismatic, enigmatic, and curious inhabitants of the sea: the squid. The pages take the reader on a wild narrative ride through the world of squid science and adventure, along the way addressing some riddles about what intelligence is, and what monsters lie in the deep. In addition to squid, both giant and otherwise, Kraken examines other equally enthralling cephalopods, including the octopus and the cuttlefish, and explores their otherworldly abilities, such as camouflage and bioluminescence. Accessible and entertaining, Kraken is also the first substantial volume on the subject in more than a decade and a must for fans of popular science.
RECOMMENDATION: A very readable account on these "sea monsters".