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Deadly Instinctby Melissa Farris
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Ready for an unflinching foray into some of the most brutal moments Mother Nature has to offer? Feast your gaze on Deadly Instinct, an action-packed exploration of the toothier side of nature, magnificently illustrated with award-winning wildlife photos drawn from the National Geographic Image Collection. This eye-popping chronicle is a visceral testament to the will of every creature to survive.
Astonishing multi-image sequences capture life-or-death encounters, move by heart-pounding move. A leopard seal snatches and dispatches a penguin in a grisly underwater drama. Steller’s sea eagles wage an angry battle over a single precious fish. Cheetahs team up to take down an antelope in an unusual and rarely documented way. And a giant pill millipede rolls itself into a protective, armored ball to escape predation. You’ll marvel at the intriguing techniques used by would-be prey to outsmart their attackers and discover why learning to play rough is a vital skill for many young creatures.
Tantalizing chapters—with themes like Landscapes of Fear, Displays of Aggression, The Struggle for Life, and The Priority of Play—reveal fascinating insights on wildlife behavior and offer interviews with expert wildlife photographers. National Geographic luminaries such as Joel Sartore, Chris Johns, Brian Skerry, Melissa Farlow, Darlyne Murawski, and Norbert Rosing share captivating personal accounts of their most exhilarating wildlife shoots, their work in the field, and their passion for their subjects. To create this stunning collection, the photographers called on their well-honed skills, field-tested courage, and high-tech camera equipment. The result is a visual thriller of near-cinematic beauty, a mesmerizing life-and-death drama, and a showcase of the world’s most incredible animals, as you’ve never seen them before.
Book News Annotation:
National Geographic Society book designer Farris presents a highly visual display of the predatorial side of the natural world and the universal will to survive. Filled with hundreds of dynamic color photographs, the book offers wildlife enthusiasts fascinating information on the predator/prey relationship, adaptations, and strategies for survival beautifully presented in striking images. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
A vivid and breathtaking look at the savagery of daily life in the animal kingdom, Deadly Instinct is magnificently illustrated with award-winning photographs drawn exclusively from the National Geographic Image Collection. Telling its stories through fast-moving text and candid interviews with renowned wildlife photographers, Deadly Instinct examines the relationship between predator and prey, mate and rival, subject and photographer, life and death. Remarkable shots capture heart-stopping moments in the timeless battle for sustenance and survival. Edgy narrative and brutally realistic scenes target today's readers and viewers. Throughout, the content reflects current knowledge in the field of wildlife science. The book is a key tie-in to the NATGEO WILD! Channel's Predator Night (every evening of the week has a special theme). This riveting book reveals, as only National Geographic can, the universal drive to eat and survive.
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