Lake Monsters, Sea Serpents, and Other Mystery Denizens of the
by Loren Coleman and Patrick Huyghe
From the book...
more than a
hundred new species are
discovered in the world’s oceans. It’s true that many of
species are tiny (yet big enough to see without a microscope). But some
newly discovered species are considerably larger. In fact, a new
species larger than about six feet long is discovered every five years
or so in the oceans. ..
We recognize that it would be
easiest to sell the existence of Sea Serpents to the public and to
science if it involved just one type of creature yet unrecognized. But
the sea, lakes, and rivers are a diverse environment, and reality
demands otherwise. Nature has never been known for its simplicity.
In producing this field guide, we have reviewed all past efforts at
classifying the world’s marine and freshwater unknowns. The
Antoon Oudemans, Rupert Gould, Ivan Sanderson, and Bernard Heuvelmans
have been particularly influential. But while relying heavily on the
work of others, we believe that our new fourteen-part classification
system manages to introduce some new concepts that we feel best
encompasses all the evidence available to date. Perhaps even more
significant, ours is the first attempt at classifying not only sea
serpents, but lake monsters as well, a topic that even our predecessors
have largely shied away from.
"I suggest that
before you conclude
that lake monsters
and sea serpents are all nonsense, you examine the information in this
superb compilation...The scope of the work is monumental."
--Roy P. Mackal
book is a collection of sea monsters accounts and a classification
that updates Heuvelmans classic book of 1968. A good introductory
text, experienced hunters in the deep will find a number of novelties
not published in books so far. It mentions recent discoveries of large
marine animals, recent promblematic corpses, new estimates of unknown
animal numbers and as well as new tidbits of monsterology from around
the world. Most of these items have not been compiled before in a
aquatic monster book so these alone make the book worth buying for the
reader interested in more than the standard Heuvelmans derived material
in most sea monster coffee table books...A fine
text which whilst accessible to all will also be appreciated by the
more advanced scholar of marine monsters."
"The rare victory that
comes with the
'official' recognition of a once-dubious aquatic creature (a giant
squid, say, or a megamouth shark) has emboldened the authors to attempt
the definitive guide to the elusive 'mystery creatures' that might
populate over two-thirds of the planet's surface."
"The Field Guide to Lake Monsters, Sea
Denizens of the Deep is probably the most important contribution to
field since the publication of Bernard Heuvelmans' classic, In the
of the Sea Serpents."
Trade paperback 358 pages
45 maps & 12 illustrations