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A Photographic Guide to Seashore Life in the North Atlantic:
Canada to Cape Cod
J. Duane Sept

Paperback | 2008 | $19.95 | £14.95 | ISBN: 9780691133195
224 pp. | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 | 300 color illus.
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The tides of the North Atlantic are the world's highest, and they reveal a world of amazing seashore life--from jellies and sea anemones, to clams and crabs, to seaweeds and lichens. With some 300 crisp, vibrant color photographs and brief, precise descriptions, this field guide makes it easier than ever to identify Atlantic seashore life from Canada to Cape Cod. Duane Sept covers more than 225 common intertidal species found on rocky shores, sandy shores, mud beaches, and floating docks, and explains the natural history of these specialized organisms. He also describes tidal habitats, tells how to explore the seashore in a safe and environmentally responsible way, and provides extensive information on some of the best places in the North Atlantic to view seashore life. Both casual and dedicated beachcombers will find this a handy, enjoyable, and reliable guide.

  • The first full-color photographic guide to North Atlantic seashore life
  • Includes some 300 color photographs and illustrations
  • Makes species identification quick and easy
  • Covers more than 225 common intertidal species found from Canada to Cape Cod
  • Covers rocky shores, sandy shores, mud beaches, and floating docks
  • Tells how to explore safely and in an environmentally responsible way
  • Provides extensive information on some of the best places to visit in the Atlantic Northeast


"Biologist, writer, and photographer Sept has authored an excellent book that details various organisms inhabiting the northeastern coast of North America. The introduction, written in an easy-to-understand language, describes tides and their formation, various intertidal habitats including sand beaches, mud flats, rocky shores, intertidal zones, and microhabitats. . . . Excellent black-and-white illustrations of common animals for identification add to the allure. This book will serve as a valuable guide to any person visiting a beach or students and scientists in the field looking to identify common organisms on the beach."--A.K. Volety, Choice

"This is an elegantly simple and very nicely produced book that will be widely appreciated and used by shoreline ecologists and serious beach-combers interested in the fauna and flora of the Northern Atlantic coastline from Cape Cod to the Canadian Maritimes. . . . This is a publication that all North Atlantic beachcombers will want to own."--Mark Bertness, Quarterly Review of Biology

"For $20 this book is a great buy. Useful and useable, it will be an asset to any naturalist who wants to understand shore life in full."--Roy John, Canadian Field-Naturalist


"A worthwhile addition to the library of anyone who is interested in marine life or who spends time walking shorelines. I'd buy it for the high quality photographs alone!"--Wayne R. Petersen, author of Birds of New England and Birds of Massachusetts

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