Mysteries of the Sea

Mysteries of the Sea by Doug Perrine; Publications International, Ltd.; For more information, 847-676-3470; www.amazon.com. We are divers. From there it follows that we all have at least two things in common: We are explorers by, and of, nature; and we have been lucky enough to discover the only social circle in which relieving yourself…


Best Dives’ Snorkeling Adventures

By Heather Brown Best Dives’ Snorkeling Adventures by Joyce & Jon Huber; PhotoGraphics Publishing, $15.95. For information call (800) 488-8040. Vacation planners. Part of you thinks they’re a bit on the button down side, and part of you wants to rush out and buy copies for all of your travel mates. We all have different…


This Is the Caribbean

By Heather Brown This Is the Caribbean, Text by (Skin Diver Editor) Al Hornsby, Photography by Peter Baker; New Holland Publishers, 24 Nutford Place, London W1H 6DQ, U.K. Unless you’re making a lot more money than we are and have a heck of a lot more vacation time than we do, we’re guessing that you…


Shark!

By Heather Brown Shark! by Jeffrey L. Rotman; Ipso Facto Publishers; hardcover. For more information, call (609) 219-0040. In this fascinating pictorial documentation of one of nature’s most intriguing creatures, Rotman brings both the diving and scientific communities a truly original and fearless offering. Perhaps the greatest reward that a reader can draw is the…


I Thought I Saw Atlantis

By Michelle Danner I Thought I Saw Atlantis, by Albert Tillman; Whalestooth Farm Publications. In the ever-growing sport of scuba diving, it is easy to forget where it all began. Albert Tillman, one of the sport’s pioneers, writes in I Thought I Saw Atlantis, about his adventures and misadventures in scuba diving spanning over the…


Diving in High-Risk Environments

By Michelle Danner Diving in High-Risk Environments, 3rd Edition, by Steven M. Barsky; Hammerhead Press. (805) 569-2143, email: hp@marinemkt.com. It’s a dirty job, but somebody has to do it. When most divers think of diving, the last place they would think of is diving in raw sewage (as illustrated in Case History #1): Steven M.…


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. www.amazon.com 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…


The Undersea World of Wyland

By Michelle Danner The Undersea World of Wyland, forward by Sylvia A. Earle, Time Life Books. (800) WYLAND-0, www.wyland.com There is no need to say anything but “Wyland,” and divers around the world can identify what this pictorial book is all about. Pages of the artist’s beautiful and unique work fill The Undersea World of…


Scuba Diving: A Woman’s Guide

By Michelle Danner Scuba Diving: A Woman’s Guide, by Claire Walter, McGraw-Hill. (212) 904-5951 Scuba Diving: A Woman’s Guide, is a practical and inspirational look at a male-dominated sport. According to the author, Claire Walter, only 28 percent of divers are female. This book encourages female divers to get started and keep going. Walter does…


Crustacea Guide of the World

by Helmut Debelius Crustacea Guide of the World, by Helmut Debelius; IKAN Publications. E-mail: fishid@mediaone.net, seachallenge@earthlink.net In his acknowledgement, author Helmut Debelius cites a Chinese proverb: “The beginning of wisdom is getting things by their right name.” In his book, Crustacea Guide of the World, Debelius sets out to aid in this wisdom, drawing on…