Erich Hoyt has spent much of his life on or beside the sea, working with whales and dolphins and marine conservation in the world's oceans. A noted conservationist and scientist and an award-winning author, he has written 24 books including the acclaimed Orca: The Whale Called Killer, Insect Lives, The Earth Dwellers, Creatures of the Deep, and Marine Protected Areas for Whales, Dolphins and Porpoises, and the children's books Weird Sea Creatures and Whale Rescue. He lives in Bridport, Dorset.
Selection, Holiday Gift Guide 2020... The photos in this book are fascinating and a tad bit terrifying, even though most of the creatures could easily fit in your hand and some are so small you wouldn't actually see them without a microscope.-- (12/17/2020) A young wunderpus octopus, staring you right in the eye, is the perfect choice for the opening spread of Eric Hoyt's latest book celebrating the oceans' wonders. It's the first of a pageant of night-time vertical migrators that, for me, are the most compelling images in this book. Page after page, we see the surprising shapes, colours and intricate details of secretive animals -- many in their juvenile forms -- that dash to the surface on nocturnal forays. Hoyt's curated collection of images from various underwater photographers continues into the deep twilight zone and onto the seabed, showcasing the mesmerizing range of life far beneath the waves.-- (12/01/2020) Most of us will never travel to the ocean's depths to see its otherworldly creatures, so it's lucky for us that biologist and writer Erich Hoyt has brought them to the surface and onto the page in Strange Sea Creatures.--Hakai Magazine Newsletter (11/20/2020)