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The Great Bear Sea
Exploring the Marine Life of a Pacific Paradise
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Ian McAllister and Nicholas Read take readers on an expedition into the wondrous and mysterious underwater world of the Great Bear Sea. This amazing part of the northeast Pacific Ocean is home to some...
Ian McAllister and Nicholas Read take readers on an expedition into the wondrous and mysterious underwater world of the Great Bear Sea. This amazing part of the northeast Pacific Ocean is home to some...
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  • Ian McAllister and Nicholas Read take readers on an expedition into the wondrous and mysterious underwater world of the Great Bear Sea. This amazing part of the northeast Pacific Ocean is home to some of the planet's mightiest and most beloved residents: whales, sea lions, dolphins, orcas, sea otters and wild salmon. Filled with spectacular images of this largely unknown part of the world, the book also explores the uncertain future of the Great Bear Sea in this age of climate change, overfishing, pipelines and oil tankers. Can a rainforest full of rare spirit bears, fishing wolves and great grizzlies survive without a Great Bear Sea to feed and nourish it?

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  • Ian McAllister, a founding director of both the Raincoast Conservation Society and Pacific Wild, is an award-winning photographer and filmmaker. He has spent more than twenty years working to preserve the West Coast's temperate rainforest. Ian lives with his family on an island in the heart of the Great Bear Rainforest.

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  • Kirkus

    August 15, 2013
    "[W]ithout a Great Bear Sea to feed and nurture it, there would be no Great Bear Rainforest." Third in a series of explorations of the coastal wilderness where the author/photographer lives and works in British Columbia, this title focuses on the creatures of the water surrounding and supporting that temperate rain forest. Chapter by chapter, the authors build up the web of life in this area, from microscopic plankton to the orcas they call "wolves of the sea." Spawning salmon aren't only food for wolves and bears, their carcasses decompose on the forest floor and nourish the trees. In the shallow waters of the intertidal zone, large animals (and humans) find shellfish and more. Sea otters clown in the kelp beds; seals and sea lions dine on the fish. Dolphins and porpoises dance offshore, and whales feed there in the warmer seasons. Every spread includes at least one of McAllister's striking photographs. Sidebars called "Maritime Morsels" add explanations that supplement the lengthy, informative text. Chapters are headed with a stylized salmon image by Martin Campbell, a local Heiltsuk artist. As much an invitation to readers to visit this unspoiled area as a description of its wonders, this is a commendable complement to The Sea Wolves and The Salmon Bears (both 2010). (bibliography, index) (Nonfiction. 9-14)

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    October 1, 2013

    Gr 6 Up-The Great Bear Sea, a name used by some conservationists, is that region of the Pacific Ocean running along the vast area of British Columbia known as the Great Bear Rain Forest. This book's subtitle seems both apt and a bit ironic. There's rich, interdependent life here, but there's also trouble in paradise for many threatened species. The nine chapters of chatty text describe the characteristics, survival issues, and relationships of various ocean- and estuary-dwelling creatures. Plankton, salmon, shrimp, crabs, sea otters, seals, whales, and many others are part of the great web that is discusssed. Undersea plants and many birds and land animals that feed on water species and their eggs and young are also included. The captioned, large and small color photographs, sometimes magnified or color enhanced, vary in quality. Some are striking, others ordinary or even confusing. Some readers may wish for pictures of the less-familiar animals. Bits of topical text titled "Maritime Morsels" appear in small columns of varied color on each spread. Like the photographs, these vary in relevance to the neighboring discussion. This region is quite near the United States, and the ecological emphasis is timely and worthwhile. However, the wordy text becomes repetitive in making its point. Patient nonfiction readers are the likely audience. The brief suggestions for further reading include two rather dated titles and three other books by McAllister and Read.-Margaret Bush, Simmons College, Boston

    Copyright 2013 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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