Books > Collaborations > Creatures of the Deep (68) More files... In Search of the Sea's Monsters and the World They Live In
In this updated and expanded edition of Creatures of the Deep, award-winning nature and science writer Erich Hoyt gives readers a glimpse of the amazing variety of creatures found in the deepest parts of the ocean. Weaving together details from the latest scientific research about sharks, giant squid, dragonfish, huge tube worms, clams and tiny microbes of the deep-sea vents, Hoyt embarks on a magical journey roaming across the abyssal plains and descending into deep-sea trenches more than 20,000 feet down.

Hoyt unravels the complex predator-prey relationships, from "killer" copepods to battles between giant squid and sperm whales, presenting compelling portraits of animals that are superbly adapted denizens of a dark high-pressure world. There are life forms, independent of sunlight and photosynthesis, which flourish around the hot, sulfurous deep-sea vents in the magnificent rift valley of the mid-ocean ridge, the world's longest mountain range. Surviving in conditions that appear to be close to the very soup of primordial Earth, these microbes have become the basis for the latest research into Earth's origins. Fully illustrated with fantastic underwater imagery.
Megamouth shark off California, USA {Megachasma pelagios} Pacific - Bruce Rasner/ Rotman
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Bruce Rasner/ Rotman / Megamouth shark off California, USA {Megachasma pelagios} Pacific
Dragonfish (Melanostomias melanops) - deep sea specimen from 2000m depth, nr Cape Verde Islands, North Atlantic - Solvin Zankl
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Solvin Zankl / Dragonfish (Melanostomias melanops) - deep sea specimen from 2000m depth, nr Cape Verde Islands, North Atlantic
Deepsea Blackdevil fish (Melanocetus murrayi) female anglerfish specimen. - Solvin Zankl
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Solvin Zankl / Deepsea Blackdevil fish (Melanocetus murrayi) female anglerfish specimen.
Viperfish (Chauliodus sloani) - deep sea specimen from Portugal - Solvin Zankl
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Solvin Zankl / Viperfish (Chauliodus sloani) - deep sea specimen from Portugal
Whale Shark (Rhincodon typus) accompanied by Pilot Fish (Naucrates ductor) and Remora. The biggest fish in the world has only started to visit the Azores in the past three years due to water temperatu... - Nuno Sa
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Nuno Sa / Whale Shark (Rhincodon typus) accompanied by Pilot Fish (Naucrates ductor) and Remora. The biggest fish in the world has only started to visit the Azores in the past three years due to water temperatu...
Swarm / aggregation of venomous Moon jellyfish (Aurelia aurita) Port Fidalgo, Prince William Sound, USA, July - Doug Perrine
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Doug Perrine / Swarm / aggregation of venomous Moon jellyfish (Aurelia aurita) Port Fidalgo, Prince William Sound, USA, July
Great white shark (Carcharodon carcharias) leaping out of the water after prey. False Bay, South Africa, July 2010 - Juan Carlos Munoz
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Juan Carlos Munoz / Great white shark (Carcharodon carcharias) leaping out of the water after prey. False Bay, South Africa, July 2010
Pacific hatchetfish (Argyropelecus affinis) portrait - Solvin Zankl
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Solvin Zankl / Pacific hatchetfish (Argyropelecus affinis) portrait
Black Dragonfish (Malacosteus niger) - Solvin Zankl
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Solvin Zankl / Black Dragonfish (Malacosteus niger)
Hydromedusa / Trachymedusa (Crossota sp) showing tentacles, from approx 2700m, mid Atlantic ridge, June 2010 - David Shale
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David Shale / Hydromedusa / Trachymedusa (Crossota sp) showing tentacles, from approx 2700m, mid Atlantic ridge, June 2010
Underside of deepsea Sea cucumber (Deima validum) from 2500m, mid Atlantic ridge, June 2010 - David Shale
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David Shale / Underside of deepsea Sea cucumber (Deima validum) from 2500m, mid Atlantic ridge, June 2010
Three Killer whales / Orcas (Orcinus orca) underwater, Kristiansund, Nordmre, Norway, February 2009. WWE INDOOR EXHIBITION - Wild Wonders of Europe / Aukan
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Wild Wonders of Europe / Aukan / Three Killer whales / Orcas (Orcinus orca) underwater, Kristiansund, Nordmre, Norway, February 2009. WWE INDOOR EXHIBITION
Glass squid {Teuthowenia megalops}, Mid-Atlantic Ridge, North Atlantic Ocean - David Shale
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David Shale / Glass squid {Teuthowenia megalops}, Mid-Atlantic Ridge, North Atlantic Ocean
Deepsea squid (Histioteuthis sp) showing funnel, from between 188m/617ft and 507m/1,663ft depth, night, Mid-Atlantic Ridge, North Atlantic Ocean - David Shale
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David Shale / Deepsea squid (Histioteuthis sp) showing funnel, from between 188m/617ft and 507m/1,663ft depth, night, Mid-Atlantic Ridge, North Atlantic Ocean
Deepsea Dragonfish {Eustomias monodactylus} with bioluminescent lure, from  between 498 and 805m, Mid-Atlantic Ridge, North Atlantic Ocean - David Shale
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David Shale / Deepsea Dragonfish {Eustomias monodactylus} with bioluminescent lure, from between 498 and 805m, Mid-Atlantic Ridge, North Atlantic Ocean
Bigeye smooth-head (Bajacalifornia megalops) head portrait, Mid-Atlantic Ridge, North Atlantic Ocean - David Shale
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David Shale / Bigeye smooth-head (Bajacalifornia megalops) head portrait, Mid-Atlantic Ridge, North Atlantic Ocean
Basking shark feeding off the Cornish coastline. Cornwall, UK. - Dan Burton
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Dan Burton / Basking shark feeding off the Cornish coastline. Cornwall, UK.
Great white shark (Carcharodon carcharias) with mouth open, just below the surface off Guadalupe Island, Mexico. - David Fleetham
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David Fleetham / Great white shark (Carcharodon carcharias) with mouth open, just below the surface off Guadalupe Island, Mexico.
Marine Planktonic Copepod {Gaussia princeps} female, deepsea, Atlantic ocean - Solvin Zankl
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Solvin Zankl / Marine Planktonic Copepod {Gaussia princeps} female, deepsea, Atlantic ocean
Deepsea marine planktonic Copepod (Sapphirina sali) Atlantic ocean, Digital focus stacking - Solvin Zankl
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Solvin Zankl / Deepsea marine planktonic Copepod (Sapphirina sali) Atlantic ocean, Digital focus stacking
Deepsea marine larva of decapod crustacean {Sergestes sp} Atlantic ocean. Second place in Underwater categroy of the GDT 2011 competition - Solvin Zankl
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Solvin Zankl / Deepsea marine larva of decapod crustacean {Sergestes sp} Atlantic ocean. Second place in Underwater categroy of the GDT 2011 competition
Portugese man-of-war / Blue Bottle {Physalia physalis} split level showing float and tentacles, Indo-pacific - Jurgen Freund
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Jurgen Freund / Portugese man-of-war / Blue Bottle {Physalia physalis} split level showing float and tentacles, Indo-pacific
Portrait of Fangtooth {Anoplogaster cornuta} Atlantic - David Shale
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David Shale / Portrait of Fangtooth {Anoplogaster cornuta} Atlantic
Deepsea cirrate octopod {Stauroteuthis syrtensis} 830m, Gulf of Maine, Atlantic - David Shale
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David Shale / Deepsea cirrate octopod {Stauroteuthis syrtensis} 830m, Gulf of Maine, Atlantic
Deep sea Anglerfish female with lure (Melanocoetus johnsoni) Atlantic Ocean - David Shale
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David Shale / Deep sea Anglerfish female with lure (Melanocoetus johnsoni) Atlantic Ocean
Hot molten pillow lava erupts from an underwater lava tube at ocean entry of Kilauea Volcano on Hawaii Island, Hawaii - Doug Perrine
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Doug Perrine / Hot molten pillow lava erupts from an underwater lava tube at ocean entry of Kilauea Volcano on Hawaii Island, Hawaii
Deepsea fish {Paraliparis sp.) North East, Atlantic Ocean off Cape Verde Islands depth 700-1000m - David Shale
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David Shale / Deepsea fish {Paraliparis sp.) North East, Atlantic Ocean off Cape Verde Islands depth 700-1000m
Siphosome of Hydrozoan cnidarian {Stephanomia amphitridis} deep sea, Atlantic. - David Shale
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David Shale / Siphosome of Hydrozoan cnidarian {Stephanomia amphitridis} deep sea, Atlantic.
Papua jellyfish {Mastigias papua}, Indo-Pacific - Jurgen Freund
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Jurgen Freund / Papua jellyfish {Mastigias papua}, Indo-Pacific
Deep sea Anglerfish female with lure {Himantolophus sp} Atlantic ocean - David Shale
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David Shale / Deep sea Anglerfish female with lure {Himantolophus sp} Atlantic ocean
Copper shark / Bronze whaler {Carcharhinus brachyurus} & S. African fur seal predating ~(Non-ex). - Doug Perrine
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Doug Perrine / Copper shark / Bronze whaler {Carcharhinus brachyurus} & S. African fur seal predating ~(Non-ex).
Sand tiger shark (Carcharias taurus). Caribbean - Jeff Rotman
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Jeff Rotman / Sand tiger shark (Carcharias taurus). Caribbean
Breaching Cuvier's beaked whale {Ziphius cavirostris} Atlantic, USA - Todd Pusser
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Todd Pusser / Breaching Cuvier's beaked whale {Ziphius cavirostris} Atlantic, USA
Spookfish {Dolichopteryx rostrata} - deepsea species occurring in the twilight zone. Off Cape Verde Iles, Atlantic. (Dolichopteryx rostrata Fukui & Kitigawa, 2006) - David Shale
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David Shale / Spookfish {Dolichopteryx rostrata} - deepsea species occurring in the twilight zone. Off Cape Verde Iles, Atlantic. (Dolichopteryx rostrata Fukui & Kitigawa, 2006)
Killer whale {Orcinus orca} attacking Grey whale calf, off  Monterey, California, USA - Sue Flood
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Sue Flood / Killer whale {Orcinus orca} attacking Grey whale calf, off Monterey, California, USA
Big fin reef squid in deep water {Sepioteuthis lessonians} Sulawesi, Indonesia Indo-Pacific - Constantinos Petrinos
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Constantinos Petrinos / Big fin reef squid in deep water {Sepioteuthis lessonians} Sulawesi, Indonesia Indo-Pacific
Green turtle (Chelonia mydas) feeding on jellyfish. Juvenile mackerel still hides beside the jellyfish about to lose its home. - Jurgen Freund
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Jurgen Freund / Green turtle (Chelonia mydas) feeding on jellyfish. Juvenile mackerel still hides beside the jellyfish about to lose its home.
Northern Krill (Meganyctiphanes norvegica) The stomach is colored intensly red from carotenoids, an indication that this euphausid feeds on copepods. Trondheimfjord, North Atlantic Ocean, Norway. Cont... - Solvin Zankl / GEOMAR
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Solvin Zankl / GEOMAR / Northern Krill (Meganyctiphanes norvegica) The stomach is colored intensly red from carotenoids, an indication that this euphausid feeds on copepods. Trondheimfjord, North Atlantic Ocean, Norway. Cont...
Tube worm (Polychaete). Collected from coral sea mount near Dragon vent field on SW Indian Ridge, Indian Ocean. - David Shale
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David Shale / Tube worm (Polychaete). Collected from coral sea mount near Dragon vent field on SW Indian Ridge, Indian Ocean.
Solenosmilia sp and eunicid polychaete and bamboo coral. Collected from coral sea mount near Dragon vent field on SW Indian Ridge, Indian Ocean. - David Shale
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David Shale / Solenosmilia sp and eunicid polychaete and bamboo coral. Collected from coral sea mount near Dragon vent field on SW Indian Ridge, Indian Ocean.
Lanternfish (Lepidophanes guentheri) - deepsea species showing bioluminescence. - Solvin Zankl
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Solvin Zankl / Lanternfish (Lepidophanes guentheri) - deepsea species showing bioluminescence.
Soft coral (Anthomastus sp) with commensal polychaete, from coral seamount, SW Indian Ridge, Indian Ocean, December 2011 - David Shale
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David Shale / Soft coral (Anthomastus sp) with commensal polychaete, from coral seamount, SW Indian Ridge, Indian Ocean, December 2011
Squat lobster (Galatheidae) on black fan coral, from coral seamount, SW Indian Ridge, Indian Ocean, December 2011 - David Shale
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David Shale / Squat lobster (Galatheidae) on black fan coral, from coral seamount, SW Indian Ridge, Indian Ocean, December 2011
Detail of Deepsea Mussel (Bathymodiolus indica) with open shell and commensal Scale worm inside, from Dragon Vent field, Indian Ocean, November 2011 - David Shale
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David Shale / Detail of Deepsea Mussel (Bathymodiolus indica) with open shell and commensal Scale worm inside, from Dragon Vent field, Indian Ocean, November 2011
Deepsea Sea urchin (Echinoidea) from coral seamount, Indian Ocean, November 2011 - David Shale
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David Shale / Deepsea Sea urchin (Echinoidea) from coral seamount, Indian Ocean, November 2011
Ventral view of deepsea Yeti crab (Kiwa sp) from Dragon vent field, Indian Ocean, November 2011 - David Shale
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David Shale / Ventral view of deepsea Yeti crab (Kiwa sp) from Dragon vent field, Indian Ocean, November 2011
Deepsea Scaly foot gastropod (Crysomallon squamiferum ) with commensal polychaete on foot, from Dragon vent field, Indian Ocean, November 2011 - David Shale
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David Shale / Deepsea Scaly foot gastropod (Crysomallon squamiferum ) with commensal polychaete on foot, from Dragon vent field, Indian Ocean, November 2011
Deepsea Vent shrimp (Rimicaris sp) from smoker in Dragon vent field, Indian Ocean, November 2011 - David Shale
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David Shale / Deepsea Vent shrimp (Rimicaris sp) from smoker in Dragon vent field, Indian Ocean, November 2011
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