Ocean Soul Book Review – Captivating Awe-Inspiring Deep Dive Images

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Ocean Soul, from National Geographic Books and Photographer Brian Skerry, travels the waters of the world's ocean to present a dramatic, vibrant seascape capturing intimate pictures of the inhabitants of the depths in their natural environment.


Originally published in 2011, Ocean Soul continues to invite readers to wonder through the depths of the mysterious, vast, dazzling, and inspiring waters of the deep. Bringing to the 262 pages vivid portraits of marine life's most misunderstood and feared creatures, as well as those adored and endangered. Underwater and exquisite.

The over-sized specialty book is divided into sections, providing the reader with magnified and deep dive experiences of the ocean's waters. Beginning with "Warm Waters Undersea Tapestries of Life," photographer Brian Skerry, travels the "Cool Waters Where the Ocean Teems," and then to "Cold Waters, Ocean Realms Less Traveled," and finally to "Pristine Waters Jewels from the Past, Seeds for the future."

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Each of these sections is replete with mesmerizing underwater imagery accompanied by personal insights of the experience of shooting in the conditions. A close-up, ominous, image of an opened mouth Sand Tiger shark with three rows of razor-sharp teeth and deep dead eyes from the waters of Japan. The distinctive Hammerhead Shark from the Bahamas in 2006, Whale sharks and Caribbean Reef Sharks, each geographical body of water is home to many of these dreaded species.

"It has been said that sharks have remained unchanged for hundreds of millions of years because they are perfect and that no further evolutionary change is necessary," Skerry said.

In Trinidad, he concentrated on nocturnal images of Leatherback turtles, the oldest and deepest diving sea turtle, whose linage dates back 100 million years, and are so heavy, six men are seen lifting it to the scales, in Skerry's account of the Leatherback turtles.

He also photographed schools of endangered blue fin tuna which he called "true thoroughbreds of the sea, with few, if any equals."

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So spellbound by this these majestic animals, often called the Porsche of the deep, powerful, and nearly as big as the luxury automobile, the swim like torpedoes with retractable fins, he introduces the readers to an intimate understanding and his personal account of standing, awe-struck, in the middle as these massive pure oceanic creatures as he became transfixed and hypnotized.

Ocean's Soul opens a series of dramatic and compelling images; Red pigfish and Blue maomao from the waters of New Zealand; a loveable Canadian Harp seal pup; an Oceanic White-tip shark from the Bahamas; an Achilles tang from Vostol Island, and a Southern right whale indigenous to the water on New Zealand. He ends with the book with images of Beluga whale.

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In between these mostly unknown species are an underwater world of sea life, from the smallest fish hiding in a barnacled soda pop can to the oceans most imposing, alarming, stately. He includes images of coral reefs, willow coral, mushroom coral, and an image of Kingman's Reef with a scuba diver in the periphery which attests to the massive scale of this underwater mountain.

Brian Skerry is an award winning national geographic photojournalist specializing in marine life and underwater environments. Gregory Stone is the Chef Scientist for oceans and a senior vice president of Conservation International.

The images are available for purchase as high-quality framed or unframed prints. Please visit www.printsNGS.comImages. Images are also available for professional licensing at www.nationalgeographicstock.com.

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Ocean's Soul blends personal narrative with absorbing and impressive underwater photography and is available online and at fine bookstores everywhere.

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