Monsters of the Sea

Monsters of the Sea

Book - 2006 | 1st Lyons Press ed
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In Monsters of the Sea, Richard Ellis casts his net wide in search of the most unusual aquatic creatures, from mermaids to manatees to the Loch Ness Monster and the mythical sea serpent for whom the giant squid has frequently been mistaken. Ellis examines the literary sources of sea-monster lore, from The Odyssey to Jules Verne to Peter Benchley. Highly entertaining, packed with curiosities, and backed by the author’s impeccable scientific credentials.

A fascinating exploration of sea monsters.

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In this paperback edition of the 2004 book, a leading marine writer/artist sorts out scientifically-validated sea denizens from sailors' and writers' fantasies and hucksters' creations. Illustrations include actual giant squids, mythical sea serpents, and P.T. Barnum's mermaids. This contribution to cryptozoology and conservation debates includes the Linnaean Society's questionnaire on sightings, and a chronology of giant squid sightings. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: New York, NY : Lyons Press, 2006, c2004
Edition: 1st Lyons Press ed
ISBN: 9781592289677
Branch Call Number: 591.77 ELL 2004
Characteristics: xiii, 429 p. : ill. ; 24 cm


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SPPL_János Mar 21, 2018

Science writer Ellis delves into the folklore of sea monsters and relates the tales of mermaids, krakens, and other fabled beasts to the equally fascinating real animals that seem to have inspired them. Covering manatees, giant squids, oarfish, and others, Ellis isn't afraid to point out the mysteries that remain.


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