Google full text of our books:


The Extreme Life of the Sea
Stephen R. Palumbi & Anthony R. Palumbi

One of American Association for the Advancement of Science’s Books for General Audiences and Young Adults 2014

Paperback | 2015 | $17.95 | £14.95 | ISBN: 9780691169811
240 pp. | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 | 16 color illus. 28 halftones. 5 line illus.
Hardcover | 2014 | $27.95 | £22.95 | ISBN: 9780691149561
240 pp. | 6 x 9 1/4 | 16 color illus. 28 halftones. 5 line illus.
Add to Shopping Cart

eBook | ISBN: 9781400849932 |
Our eBook editions are available from these online vendors

Enhanced eBook | ISBN: 9781400850822 |
Our eBook editions are available from these online vendors
(This special enhanced edition includes eleven videos.)

Reviews | Table of Contents
Prologue[PDF] pdf-icon

Google full text of this book:

The Extreme Life of the Sea book trailer

Extreme Speed video from enhanced ebook

The ocean teems with life that thrives under difficult situations in unusual environments. The Extreme Life of the Sea takes readers to the absolute limits of the ocean world—the fastest and deepest, the hottest and oldest creatures of the oceans. It dives into the icy Arctic and boiling hydrothermal vents—and exposes the eternal darkness of the deepest undersea trenches—to show how marine life thrives against the odds. This thrilling book brings to life the sea's most extreme species, and tells their stories as characters in the drama of the oceans. Coauthored by Stephen Palumbi, one of today’s leading marine scientists, The Extreme Life of the Sea tells the unforgettable tales of some of the most marvelous life forms on Earth, and the challenges they overcome to survive. Modern science and a fluid narrative style give every reader a deep look at the lives of these species.

The Extreme Life of the Sea shows you the world’s oldest living species. It describes how flying fish strain to escape their predators, how predatory deep-sea fish use red searchlights only they can see to find and attack food, and how, at the end of her life, a mother octopus dedicates herself to raising her batch of young. This wide-ranging and highly accessible book also shows how ocean adaptations can inspire innovative commercial products—such as fan blades modeled on the flippers of humpback whales—and how future extremes created by human changes to the oceans might push some of these amazing species over the edge.

Stephen R. Palumbi is Professor of Biology and Director of the Hopkins Marine Station at Stanford University. Anthony R. Palumbi, Stephen's son, is a science writer and novelist whose work has appeared in the Atlantic and other publications.


"This gem of a book by marine biologist Stephen Palumbi and his son, science writer Anthony Palumbi, finds enough weirdness in the ocean to feed creativity for generations to come. . . . The Palumbis' writing is a wonderful mix of meticulous science and creative panache. . . . A joy whether read at one sitting, or dipped in and out of to prolong the pleasure."--Callum Roberts, Nature

"Marine biologist Stephen R. Palumbi and writer Anthony R. Palumbi survey an impressive catch of extreme oceanic species, from the oldest to the deepest-dwelling. . . . A brilliant use of the rich store of research into Earth's largest habitat."--Nature

"From 'immortal' jellyfish that age in reverse, to zombie bone worms that eat the skeletons of dead whales, the ocean is full of bizarre characters. Biologist Stephen Palumbi and his science writer son, Anthony, profile the most unusual specimens. Chapters cover the smallest, the oldest, the hottest and the coldest species, among others, and the landscape of strange creatures is brought to life by charming writing."--Clara Moskowitz, Scientific American

"The Palumbis probe life in the depths of the oceans and in tide waters in successive chapters spotlighting the long-lived Bowhead whale; sea species that adapt to extremely high temperatures and others to cold; clownfish, which change gender, becoming male or female as circumstances dictate; and much more. The authors end with a warning that the oceans contain a complex ecology in which each species 'thrives in its easily disrupted specialized niche.'. . . A sparkling appreciation of the wonderful variety of marine life that also communicates an important message."--Kirkus Reviews

More reviews

Table of Contents:

Preface and Acknowledgments: Guiltless Wonder vii
Prologue The Epic Ocean 1
1 The Earliest 5
2 The Most Archaic 19
3 The Smallest 36
4 The Deepest 46
5 The Shallowest 65
6 The Oldest 81
7 The Fastest Sprints and Longest Journeys 94
8 The Hottest 112
9 The Coldest 125
10 The Strangest Family Lives 141
11 Future Extremes 158
Epilogue: A Grand Bargain 175
Notes 179
Index 209
Color figures follow page 84.


Subject Areas:


Shopping Cart options:

  • For ebooks:

Our eBook editions are available
from these online vendors:

  • Amazon Kindle Store
  • Apple iBooks
  • Barnes & Noble Nook Store
  • Google Play eBook Store
  • Kobo eBook Store
  • Many of our ebooks are available through
    library electronic resources including these platforms:

  • Books at JSTOR
  • Ebrary
  • Ebook Library
  • EBSCO Ebooks
  • MyiLibrary
  • Dawsonera (UK)

  • Shopping Cart options:

    • For ebooks:

    Our Enhanced eBook editions are available
    from these online vendors:

  • Amazon Kindle Store

    • For hardcover/paperback orders in United States, Canada, Latin America, Asia, and Australia

     Paperback : $17.95 ISBN: 9780691169811

    Add to shopping cart

     Hardcover : $27.95 ISBN: 9780691149561

    Add to shopping cart
    View contents of your shopping cart

    • For hardcover/paperback orders in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, India, and Pakistan

     Hardcover  £22.95 ISBN: 9780691149561

    Add to shopping cart

     Paperback  £14.95 ISBN: 9780691169811

    Add to shopping cart
    View contents of your shopping cart

    Prices subject to change without notice

    File created: 9/7/2017

    Questions and comments to:
    Princeton University Press

    Princeton APPS
    Field Guides
    Identification Guides
    Checklists & Pocket Guides
    Photographic Guides
    Crossley ID Guides
    New Book E-Mails
    Freshman Reading
    Birds/Natural History Catalog
    PUP Blog
    For Reviewers
    Exam/Desk Copy
    Contact Us
    PUP Home
    PUP Europe

    Bookmark and Share 
    Send me emails
    about new books in:
    Popular Science
    Birds And Natural History
    Biological Sciences
    More Choices