9780140286762

The Search for the Giant Squid The Biology and Mythology of the World's Most Elusive Sea Creature

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  • ISBN13:

    9780140286762

  • ISBN10:

    0140286764

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1999-10-01
  • Publisher: Penguin Books
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Summary

The most mysterious and elusive of all sea creatures, the giant squid--at least sixty feet long and weighing nearly a ton--is also one of the largest. Yet for all its magnificent size and threatening undersea presence, Architeuthis has remained a mystery. Until now. In this marvelous and beautifully illustrated book, marine biologist, explorer, and artist Richard Ellis presents all that is known about the giant squid. Delving into myth, literature, popular culture, and science, he brings readers face to face with this remarkable creature. He also provides a thorough, compelling study of what is known and what is still to be discovered about thisexotic animal that has never been studied alive. Interweaving his engrossing narrative with a wealth of fascinating illustrations and photographs, Ellis gives us the first comprehensive history of the only living creature that can truly be called a "sea monster."

Author Biography

Richard Ellis is a celebrated authority on marine biology and America’s foremost marine life artist whose work has been exhibited worldwide. His nine books include The Search for the Giant Squid (a Publishers Weekly 1998 Best Book of the Year), Great White Shark, Encyclopedia of the Sea, Men and Whales, Monsters of the Sea, Deep Atlantic The Book of Whales, and Imagining Atlantis.

Table of Contents

Introducing Architeuthisp. 1
Is the Sea Monster a Giant Squid?p. 9
The Biology of Squids, Giant and Otherwisep. 31
By What Name Shall We Call the Giant Squid?p. 59
Architeuthis Appearsp. 77
What Do We Know About Architeuthis?p. 105
Battle of the Giantsp. 131
The Giant Squid in Literature and Cinemap. 167
The Models of Architeuthisp. 213
Conclusionp. 239
Acknowledgmentsp. 251
Authenticated Giant Squid Sightings and Strandingsp. 257
Referencesp. 267
Illustration Creditsp. 307
Indexp. 311
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