A Guide to Angelfishes & Butterflyfishes

By Michelle Danner

A Guide to Angelfishes & Butterflyfishes, by Gerald R. Allen, Roger Steene and Mark Allen; Odyssey Publishing/Tropical Reef Research.


Fish enthusiasts go above and beyond the average diver, wanting to know exactly what’s swimming through the water before them. A Guide to Angelfishes & Butterflyfishes, by Gerald R. Allen, Roger Steene and Mark Allen, is a comprehensive and easy-to-read guide on these popular fish, covering the entire species-83 angelfishes and 121 butterflyfishes. Each page is a colorful narrative, complete with information on habitat, characters, remarks and distribution with a map locator.

The guide is divided into two major geographical regions: Indo-west and central Pacific, and the eastern Pacific and Atlantic. Each section is color-coded, making it easy for the reader to locate a desired region. For simple identification, instead of listing the fish in alphabetical order, species with similar patterns are grouped together.

The guide can also be used for aquarium hobbyists. An entire chapter is dedicated to the undertaking of angelfishes and butterflyfishes at home. So, whether you’re admiring these two species in the ocean or the tank, A Guide to Angelfishes & Butterflyfishes is a must-have for fish enthusiasts.

Ocean’s End: Travels Through Endangered Seas, by Colin Woodard; Basic Books. www.amazon.com

As divers we have the responsibility to protect the sea, and knowledge is the key to its preservation. In Ocean’s End: Travels Through Endangered Seas, Colin Woodard addresses the increasing ecological destruction of the oceans through narrations of his world travels. With his frank observations, the author destroys ignorance and awakens the advocate in all of us.

Woodard journalistic approach influences with fact, rather than fluff. His narrations allow readers to visit the environmental catastrophies of places such as Belize, Antarctica and New Foundland, among others. He describes cities, people and marine life affected by contaminated water. Woodard offers logical and practical solutions to the devastation rather than simply pleading for action, and he calls for governments and people to take responsibility for their environment.

In his book Woodard reminds his readers that land is connected by our oceans; oceans are affected by contamination from every continent. This is a global problem, he argues, and one that must be fought in unity. “Everything has limits,” Woodard claims in his writing-including the ocean. It is an important message for divers around the world.

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