The Most Mysterious Creature in the Sea

Book - 2013
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Veteran journalist and contributing editor for 'Scientific American,' Katherine Harmon Courage dives into the mystifying underwater world of the octopus, sharing new scientific discoveries and demonstrating deep cultural ties that connect us all to this alien-like creature.
Publisher: New York, New York : Current, 2013
ISBN: 9781591845270
Branch Call Number: QL430.3.O2 C68 2013x
Characteristics: 238 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm


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Nov 18, 2015

Really interesting! I knew Octopus were cool creatures, but this is a new level of awesome!

Apr 18, 2015

Not recommended. I am keenly interested in octopuses but won't continue reading this disappointing book. I expected stronger writing and a more focused approach from an editor at Scientific American; instead, this reads like a collection of poorly organized facts presented by means of a meandering travel memoir. I imagine the intent was to make the content "accessible" but the breezy tone is a complete turn-off. The book opens with a tale of fishing for octopus, and provides recipes for its preparation - again, not the engaging scientific overview I'd hoped for. Every interesting but under-explored factoid about the supposed subject of this book requires wading through pages of pointless filler. I will return this and instead borrow the Jennifer Mather book mentioned in the above Library Journal review.

May 09, 2014

Courage presents an interesting and well researched yet concise account of this awesome creature. The scientific facts and concepts are easy to understand even for non-scientific minded-people and it's a quick read. The topics include octopus cuisine, culture, and biology (skin, brain, reproduction, etc), and I learned a lot. I'd highly recommend this book!


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