Civilization and the Limpet

ISBN-10: 073820174X
ISBN-13: 9780738201740
Edition: 1999
Authors: Martin Wells
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Description: This account of tidepool and ocean life unveils such phenomena as limpets' navigation by the stars, how the brainless sea-urchin makes survival decisions, how deserted islands teem with life, and why deep-diving whales never get the bends.

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Book details

List price: $13.00
Copyright year: 1999
Publisher: Perseus Books Group
Publication date: 9/7/1999
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 224
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.484
Language: English

This account of tidepool and ocean life unveils such phenomena as limpets' navigation by the stars, how the brainless sea-urchin makes survival decisions, how deserted islands teem with life, and why deep-diving whales never get the bends.

Preface
Sea Urchins
Civilization and the Limpet
On Being Both Sexes
How Old Is a Fish?
Hot Fish
Dangerous Animals
Animals on Islands
Diverse Divers
The Life of the Lugworm
Basking Sharks, Economics, and Politics
Buoyancy
Drinking Seawater
Things That Go Flash in the Night
Dolphins
Food from the Sea, Vegetarianism, and the Rights of Animals
Success
Measuring the Cost of Behavior
Foul Organisms
Crawling up Walls and Walking on Water
Mackerel, Scomber scombrus: An Exemplary Fish
God's V.A.T.
About Octopuses
Life with a Living Fossil
The Dilemma of the Jet Set
Does Science Have to Be Useful?
Index

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