Sunday, 22 November 2009

Oceans by Anne Laking



I didn't (some how) see the TV series that went with this BBC production.  The book stands alone very well with, as you might expect, excellent visuals and a style of rapidly jumping around just like a TV series of one hour episodes.

I have been diving once and found it simultaneously breathtaking and very uncomfortable so I am happy to report that this book provides adequate substitute for those without a year of their life and a small fortune to spend in replicating it with personal experiences.

A whole year of dives in places around the world ranging from the most popular dive sites, and deservedly so for their wild life, to places never dived before.  One such memorable spot was a sink hole with conditions mimicking those on the early anaerobic earth.

Underlying tales of ecologies in peril spice up with fascinating glimpses of unusual species made this really enjoyable.

Perhaps I should look for the DVD now.

Three and a half out of five stars.

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