by Joseph K. Gay­dos and Au­drey Delella Bene­dict

The Gulf Today - Panorama - - Books -

A jel­ly­ish, lu­mi­nous and mys­te­ri­ous, loats through dark wa­ter. A gull looks like it’s try­ing to talk with its mouth full of a star­ish. And a sea lion swims straight to­ward the cam­era, its eyes big and soul­ful. Ex­plore the Sal­ish Sea, a new na­ture guide for kids, is a lav­ishly il­lus­trated ex­plo­ration of the wa­ters that con­nect Wash­ing­ton and Bri­tish Columbia.

The Sal­ish Sea com­prises the wa­ters of Puget Sound, the Strait of Juan de Fuca and Strait of Ge­or­gia. The book is packed with facts — from the weight of an oc­to­pus (68 kilo­grams) to the length of a killer whale’s teeth (3 to 4 inches), from how deep a har­bour seal can dive (1,630 feet) to the life span of a geo­duck (168 years).

Among other sub­jects, the book ex­plores the sea’s ge­og­ra­phy, its in­ter­tidal life, its deeps, div­ing mam­mals and birds, and epic mi­gra­tions of some of its an­i­mals, from sal­mon to gray whales to sand­pipers.

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