I was excited to read a book about unusual marine organisms written by a big name in marine science and his science-writer son. I looked forward to learning a plethora of new information, but unfortunately I was disappointed. Rather than delving into any particular organism, this book takes a scattershot approach, akin to a “who’s who” of amazing marine animals, but the reader comes away with very little in depth of understanding. For someone who already knows a lot about marine organisms, the book can serve as a fun trip down memory lane, triggering memories that are invariably much more in depth than what the book presents. But watching a Blue Planet video will serve that purpose more effectively. For someone who knows little about marine organisms, this book might introduce some interesting new factoids, but largely the tidbits are placed in isolation rather than a connected framework, with nothing...

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