This volume’s slimness is deceiving: the 64 pages of Weird Sea Creatures are rich in content and appeal. Erich Hoyt is a conservationist and cetacean researcher who has authored both adult and children’s books on cetaceans, whale watching, social insects, and deep-sea life; his extensive knowledge and interest in the life of the oceans is evident throughout the book. Intended for readers 10 and up, Weird Sea Creatures begins with a written introduction to the deep sea, followed by photographs of 50 deep-sea organisms, including blackdevil angler fish, piglet squid, deep-sea opossum shrimp, dragonish, sea urchins, brittle stars, and many more.

Hoyt’s knowledge of and affection for his subject matter is evident throughout, starting with the author’s note in which he states that “I have come to know and sympathize with, even to love, all of the creatures in this book. Apologies are due for calling them ‘weird.’” The well-written...

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