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- DescriptionThe billfish is fixed at the apex of the oceanic food chain. Composed of sailfish, marlin, spearfish, and swordfish, they roam the pelagic waters of the Atlantic and are easily recognised by their long, spear-like beaks. Noted for their speed, size, and acrobatic jumps, billfish have for centuries inspired a broad spectrum of society. Even in antiquity, Aristotle, who assiduously studied the swordfish, named this gladiator of the sea xiphias-the sword. The Billfish Story tells the saga of this unique group of fish and those who have formed bonds with them-relationships forged by anglers, biologists, charter-boat captains, and conservationists through their pursuit, study, and protection of these species. More than simply reciting important discoveries, Stan Ulanski argues passionately that billfish occupy a position of unique importance in our culture as a nexus linking natural and human history. Ulanski, both a scientist and an angler, brings a rich background to the subject in a multifaceted approach that will enrich t only readers' appreciation of billfish but the whole of the natural world.
- Author BiographyStan Ulanski is a professor of meteorology, oceanography, and marine resources in the Geology and Environmental Science Department at James Madison University, USA. He is the author of The Gulf Stream: Tiny Plankton, Giant Bluefin, and the Amazing Story of the Powerful River in the Atlantic and The Science of Fly-Fishing.
- Author(s)Stan L. Ulanski
- PublisherUniversity of Georgia Press
- Date of Publication30/09/2013
- LanguageEnglish & English
- SubjectNatural History: Animal & Wildlife
- Series TitleWormsloe Foundation Nature Book Series
- Place of PublicationGeorgia
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of Georgia Press
- Content Note20 black & white photographs, 1 table, 3 maps, 11 figures, 5 colour paintings
- Weight558 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine23 mm
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