Every night the largest animal migration on earth takes place in the oceans of the world. The zooplankton migrates vertically up from the deep to feed in the shallower water near the surface. With the plankton comes a variety of both pelagic and larval creatures to feed on the plankton and each other. This creates an opportunity for underwater photographers and divers looking for something new and unique. A “blackwater dive” means going out at night in the deep ocean and looking for these subjects, which include: fish and mollusk larvae, that will eventually settle on the bottom; pelagics that live their whole lives in this environment; and creatures like jellyfish and siphonophores, all traveling with the currents.
When divers first experience these dives, they often get back on the boat and say “I saw a lot of stuff, but I don’t know what any of it is.” The purpose of this book, BLACKWATER Creatures, is to introduce new blackwater divers to the critters they may see on an average dive in southeast Florida – both the more common subjects and a few rare ones. This will help them to recognize the creatures and, therefore, have a better dive experience.
BLACKWATER Creatures will also be a useful reference for experienced blackwater divers and photographers to identify and learn more about the subjects. The authors (Linda Ianniello and Susan Mears) have been doing these dives for four years and together have logged over 200 blackwater dives. This is a compilation of their images.
BLACKWATER Creatures contains 170 pages, with over 220 images, in 8.5 inch x 8.5 inch softcover format. The creatures are divided into groups, with descriptions and identifications (where available). Here is a sample page from the book:
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“Blackwater Creatures is the definitive guide to the small, and often tiny, but fantastically amazing animals that drift in our southeast Florida gulfstream. Susan and Linda have painstakingly photographed, researched, and identified a large number of these inhabitants making this an awesome reference source for all blackwater divers. Additionally, the quality of the photos and top-notch printing, make Blackwater Creatures a fantastic coffee table book for anyone who loves our oceans.”
Jason Spitz, Breathe Sail Dive, Lighthouse Point, FL
“Linda, the book is outstanding! The photos are beautiful and it will be extremely helpful. Thank you for all your work and effort.”
Dave Heidemann, Ferndale MI
“This book is literally stunning. One of the best books I now own! Thank you so much for your time, efforts, research, beautiful photos and all around amazingness.”
Andrea W., Riviera Beach FL
“Stunning photography from knowledgeable talented underwater photographers.”
Anne DuPont, Delray Beach FL
“Congratulations!!! I loved reading through mine, and consult it on a regular basis to answer the “What the heck is that?” questions.”
Chris Gug, Gug Underwater, Fort Lauderdale FL
“OMG!, the book is AMAZING! I stayed up after the blackwater dive the other day to read it! You both did an amazing job with it!!! As always, the pictures are breathtaking!”
Ani B., Riviera Beach FL
“This is a beautifully composed book!! We are so excited to share your amazing work!!”
Pura Vida Divers, Singer Island FL