Kraken: The Curious, Exciting, and Slightly Disturbing by Wendy Williams

By Wendy Williams

Kraken is the conventional identify for sizeable sea monsters, and this booklet introduces some of the most charismatic, enigmatic, and curious population of the ocean: the squid. The pages take the reader on a wild narrative trip throughout the global of squid technology and experience, alongside the best way addressing a few riddles approximately what intelligence is, and what monsters lie within the deep. as well as squid, either great and in a different way, Kraken examines different both spell binding cephalopods, together with the octopus and the cuttlefish, and explores their otherworldly skills, akin to camouflage and bioluminescence. obtainable and enjoyable, Kraken can also be the 1st monstrous quantity at the topic in additional than a decade and a needs to for enthusiasts of well known science.

Praise for KRAKEN: The Curious, fascinating, and just a little worrying technology of Squid 

"Williams writes with a deft, supple hand as she surveys those spindly, notable beasts and their international. She reminds us that the identified international could be significantly higher than within the days of the bestiary-makers, yet there's nonetheless room for ask yourself and strangeness."
-Los Angeles Times.com

"Williams's account of squid, octopuses, and different cephalopods abounds with either old legend and sleek science." 
-Discover 

"[Exposes squid's] eerie similarities to the human species, right down to eye constitution and the all-important mind mobilephone, the neuron." 
-New York Post 

"just the right combination of heritage and science" 
-ForeWord Reviews

"Kraken is an interesting and expansive biography of a creature that sparks our mind's eye and stimulates our interest. It's an ideal mixture of storytelling and science." 
-Vincent Pieribone, writer of Aglow within the Dark

KRAKEN extracts natural pleasure, highbrow excitement, and deep ask yourself from the main not likely of places--squid. it's not easy to learn Wendy Williams's luminous account and never consider the joys of discovery of the totally profound connections we percentage with squid and all different residing issues on this planet. With wit, ardour, and ability as a storyteller, Williams has given us a gorgeous window into our international and ourselves. --Neil Shubin, writer of the nationwide bestseller "Your internal Fish

Wendy William's KRAKEN weaves vignettes of news approximately old encounters with squid and octopus, with tales of today's scientists who're captivated by way of those animals. Her compelling ebook has the facility to alter your world-view approximately those creatures of the ocean, whereas telling the gripping, fully understandable tale of the ways that those animals have replaced human scientific background. --Mark J. Spalding, President, the sea Foundation

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93 between the “stations” index (shown here) and the “EOF” index instance, have highlighted the variety of responses from different marine organisms to alternating NAO phases (amongst them are Ottersen et al. 2001; Stige et al. 2006; also see remarks by Kimmel and Hameed 2008). Ecosystems Under Pressure: The Deep Sea  41 Contrary to the NAO, which is an atmospheric forcing (thus, with fast dynamics), the Atlantic Multidecadal Oscillation (AMO) is the slow variation in sea surface temperature (SST) occurring in the North Atlantic between the equator and 70° N.

13 Variations from 1864–2011 in the winter (November to March) NAO index. 93 between the “stations” index (shown here) and the “EOF” index instance, have highlighted the variety of responses from different marine organisms to alternating NAO phases (amongst them are Ottersen et al. 2001; Stige et al. 2006; also see remarks by Kimmel and Hameed 2008). Ecosystems Under Pressure: The Deep Sea  41 Contrary to the NAO, which is an atmospheric forcing (thus, with fast dynamics), the Atlantic Multidecadal Oscillation (AMO) is the slow variation in sea surface temperature (SST) occurring in the North Atlantic between the equator and 70° N.

The discovery of new marine habitats and communities and the growing threats to marine species from environmental change and disturbances, make it increasingly important to develop rapid and robust ways of describing and cataloguing marine biodiversity. Hebert et al. (2003) introduced the concept of a DNA barcode, and proposed a new approach to species identification which could overcome many of the limitations mentioned above. The method is based on the premise that the sequence analysis of a short fragment (658 nucleotide base-pairs) of a single gene (cytochrome c oxidase subunit 1, commonly called COI), enables unequivocal identification of almost all animal species.

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