In extremely deep waters (two miles deep), the vast sea appears empty. But as naturalist and artist Sophie Webb shows us, it is full of fascinating—yet difficult to study—life. Together with her shipmates, Sophie counts and collects samples of life in the deep ocean, from seabirds to dolphins, from winged fish to whales. Only their long-term field work can really help scientists determine the health of these remarkable creatures who need the clean deep ocean to survive.
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This is a specialized book because it looks in a broad manner at a four month ocean voyage at the activities of a female biologist naturalist who specializes in birds. The author also provides all of the plentiful illusstrations, which are all appealing and colorful. The book is written in a chronological story narrative style. I have only a few complaints about this book. I would like the author to cite a few of her standards for research in bird identification. I am sure she has a few “bibles” and I would like to see them cited. Personally I would like there to be a Table of Contents. Finally, I would like to have the text not be split apart by two page illustrations. However, the pluses of this book far outweigh the negatives. I think even high school students could learn cool information about interesting subjects and career paths. I could see using this book in math class because the graphs could anchor math topics and the reading is accessible for high schoolers to use as extra reading. An approachable read that is fun, appealing, and provides lots of information about many new topics is a winner for me.more