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From the Seashore to the Seafloor

An Illustrated Tour of Sandy Beaches, Kelp Forests, Coral Reefs, and Life in the Ocean’s Depths

With a Foreword by David Quammen
An octopus expert and celebrated artist offer a deep dive to meet the enchanting inhabitants of the world’s marine ecosystems.
Have you ever walked along the beach and wondered what kind of creatures can be found beneath the waves? Have you pictured what it would be like to see the ocean not from the shore but from its depths? These questions drive Janet Voight, an expert on mollusks who has explored the seas in the submersible Alvin that can dive some 14,000 feet below the water’s surface. In this book, she partners with artist Peggy Macnamara to invite readers to share her undersea journeys of discovery.

With accessible scientific descriptions, Voight introduces the animals that inhabit rocky and sandy shores, explains the fragility of coral reefs, and honors the extraordinary creatures that must search for food in the ocean’s depths, where light and heat are rare. These fascinating insights are accompanied by Macnamara’s stunning watercolors, which illuminate these ecosystems and other scenes from Voight’s research. Together, they show connections between life at every depth—and warn of the threats these beguiling places and their eccentric denizens face.

144 pages | 76 color plates | 8 x 6 | © 2022

Biological Sciences: Conservation, Natural History

Chicago and Illinois

Earth Sciences: Environment, Oceanography and Hydrology


“Look closely, dear people. Look with sympathy and fascination and awe. Look upon these majesties of marine life, read about them, learn something about them—and be grateful you were born on the blue planet. . . . The minds and the eyes of these two journeying women will take you places you haven’t been.”

David Quammen

"From the Seashore to the Seafloor . . .  takes its readers on a watercolor illustrated journey between its title locations of the northeastern Pacific Ocean, blending into its narrative explanations of some of the creatures and systems to be found along the way with exhortations to conserve them."

The Well-read Naturalist

Table of Contents

Foreword by David Quammen
Introductions by Janet Voight and Peggy Macnamara
1 Sandy Shores
2 Rocky Shores
3 Gulf of California
4 Northeast Pacific
5 Kelp Forest
6 Coral Reefs
7 Indo-West Pacific
8 Research Cruise Experience
9 Open Ocean
10 Subsea Vehicles
11 Gulf of Mexico
12 Midwater Depths
13 Deep Scattering Layer
14 Hydrothermal Vents
15 Food Falls
16 Deep-Sea Floor

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