Synopses & Reviews
"In fall of 1980, an older husband and wife team unexpectedly arrived in my marine invertebrate zoology class. This was my introduction to Drs. Lovell and Libby Langstroth, and it led to a friendship that has grown through 20 years. In that time, beginning with their 'retirement,' the Langstroths took up SCUBA diving and underwater photography. They became outstanding photographers of marine life. Moreover, with their insatiable desire to learn from all the marine biologists in the Monterey Bay area, they became experts in their own right. Their quest has culminated in this book, a unique combination of outstanding color photography and the most recent scientific information, presented in language that can be understood by anyone. This series of 'short stories' about some of the fascinating organisms that live in the Monterey Bay can be read and enjoyed by anyone interested in marine life."and#151;James W. Nybakken, author of Marine Biology: An Ecological Approach
"[This book] is brimming with engaging facts on the marine realm. The photographs are unparalleled in their combination of beauty and utility in capturing biologic processes. This work will be exceedingly valuable to marine educators and advanced students."and#151;Paul Valentich Scott, Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History
"With A Living Bay, Lovell and Libby Langstroth have bridged the gap between the dry, technical writing of science and the superficial treatment of most photography books on the ocean. This is a book to linger over. The authors have spent a lifetime photographing and gathering natural history notes about their subjects, gleaning a wealth of interesting details. This remarkable compendium of photographs and text promises to be a classic."and#151;Norbert Wu, photographer, author of Splendors of the Seas
Monterey Bay, on the central California coast, is unique in its spectacular underwater immensity. Here species found far to the north and south overlap in their respective ranges, offering a floral and faunal diversity without parallel in the North Pacific. With more than 200 magnificent color photographs and an informed, accessible text, this book provides a dazzling picture of the rich underwater world of Monterey Bay.
A Living Bay describes the complex biological interactions among many of the marine plants and animals of Monterey Bay, including its seaweeds, seagrasses, invertebrates, marine mammals, fish, and birds. We learn how these organisms reproduce, prey, and defend themselves. The introduction presents basic biological concepts, while successive chapters tour the various habitats of the bay. From its beaches to the bottom of its submarine canyonand#151;even deeper than the Grand Canyon in Arizonaand#151;the tiniest details come to life in the stunning photographs and explanatory text.
About the Author
practiced medicine in Oakland, California, until 1980. Libby Langstroth
received a Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of California, Berkeley. Both are avid divers and underwater photographers whose work has been exhibited in several natural history museums, including the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco and the Canadian Museum of Nature in Ottawa. The Langstroths live in Pacific Grove, California.