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Creatures of the Deep Sea by Klaus Guenther and Kurt Deckert. Translated from the German by E.W. Dickes. With frontispiece in color and 156 illustrations.

Jacket design by the Strimbans.

Published by Charles Scribner's Sons in 1956.


Chapters include - Man and the Deep Sea / Poverty and Sameness of the Deep Sea / A Dive / The Extent of the Deep-sea Region and the History of Deep-sea Research / The Food of the Deep-sea Fauna / The Inorganic Foodstuffs in the Sea / The inhabited Regions of the Deep Sea / The Animal World of the Ocean Floor / The Pelagic Fauna of the Deep Sea / Biological Peculiarities of Deep-sea Animals / Distribution and Origin of the Deep-sea Fauna / Migrations of Deep-sea Creatures


222 pages / 5.6 x 8.7 x .9 inches / 14.3 x 22 x 2.2 centimeters


Please see the images above for an accurate representation of what the book looks like, but...

Quite a bit of wear to the dust jacket - the color has faded away in spots. Small rips and tears. Crayon markings on the back. Scuffing.

Some stains / markings on the endpapers.

The book itself has some wear around the edges.

Speckling marks on some of the pages. Bit of discoloration at the very edges of some of the pages.

A bit musty.


There has long been a need for a comprehensive, informative and readable work on the strange creatures that inhabit the ocean depths. With this book that need is at last fulfilled.

The extraordinary, almost incredible, adaptations that existence in perpetual darkness under conditions of very meagre food-supply makes necessary, the eccentricities of form and behavior that the unique peculiarity of their environment forces upon the inhabitants of the deep sea, gives many of these creatures an appearance so grotesquely hideous, as to make them seem nightmare apparitions rather than what they actually are: masks for the life-spirit engaged in survival against enormous odds. For this reason, as Thomas Mann has said, the world of the ocean depths seems, in its very nature, completely sundered from our own.

The authors have succeeded in giving the reader a remarkable sense of this strange world and its life-forms in all their variety. In so doing, they introduce him entertainingly, but with scientific accuracy, to the basic problems confronting life, not only in the ocean depths but wherever life is to be found. Almost imperceptibly the reader is led to a fuller understanding of the conclusions of modern science, as regards biology in general and the interplay of hereditary and environmental factors in particular. This understanding finally reveals the world of the deep sea, with all its oddities, as the inevitable product of evolution under certain uniquely circumscribed conditions.

The many excellent illustrations, some of them full-age, some of them line-cuts in the text, add greatly to the reader's enjoyment and grasp of the subject.

The authors, Messrs. Guenther and Deckert, are zoologists with teaching posts at the University of Berlin, where they are also engaged in research work within their special field.

Creatures of the Deep Sea by Klaus Guenther and Kurt Deckert


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