Sex, Drugs, and Sea Slime The Oceans' Oddest Creatures and Why They Matter

ISBN-10: 0226678768

ISBN-13: 9780226678764

Edition: 2012

Authors: Ellen Prager
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Description: When viewed from a quiet beach, the ocean, with its rolling waves and vast expanse, can seem calm, even serene. But hidden beneath the sea’s waves are a staggering abundance and variety of active creatures, engaged in the never-ending struggles of life—to reproduce, to eat, and to avoid being eaten.WithSex, Drugs, and Sea Slime, marine scientist Ellen Prager takes us deep into the sea to introduce an astonishing cast of fascinating and bizarre creatures that make the salty depths their home. From the tiny but voracious arrow worms whose rapacious ways may lead to death by overeating, to the lobsters that battle rivals or seduce mates with their urine, to the sea’s masters of disguise, the octopuses, Prager not only brings to life the ocean’s strange creatures, but also reveals the ways they interact as predators, prey, or potential mates. And while these animals make for some jaw-dropping stories—witness the sea cucumber, which ejects its own intestines to confuse predators, or the hagfish that ties itself into a knot to keep from suffocating in its own slime—there’s far more to Prager’s account than her ever-entertaining anecdotes: again and again, she illustrates the crucial connections between life in the ocean and humankind, in everything from our food supply to our economy, and in drug discovery, biomedical research, and popular culture.  Written with a diver’s love of the ocean, a novelist’s skill at storytelling, and a scientist’s deep knowledge,Sex, Drugs, and Sea Slimeenchants as it educates, enthralling us with the wealth of life in the sea—and reminding us of the need to protect it.   

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List price: $17.00
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 4/15/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 200
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.660
Language: English

Martha Woodmansee is professor of English and law at Case Western Reserve University and a founding director of the International Society for the History and Theory of Intellectual Property.

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