Eye of the Shoal
HELEN SCALES, BLOOMSBURY, £16.99
Acclaimed author and marine biologist Helen Scales takes readers on a glorious and riveting exploration of the lives of fish. Through a vivid and amusing portrayal of these lesser-loved creatures, Eye of the Shoal questions the everyday notion that fish are dull, unintelligent beings (not to mention cold, slimy and smelly) that humans simply catch to eat, recasting them as inspiring animals who can sing and dance, who are able to shape giant sculptures from sand, and who can use light, colour and even electricity to their advantage – whether to hide, to send messages or to hunt. In making her case, the author embarks on unexpected and intriguing journeys – not only across oceans, but deep into history.
At a time when we are hearing so much about the damage being wreaked upon our oceans, this is a refreshingly jubilant celebration of life and an open invitation to appreciate and experience the exciting world beneath the waves. Fish, indeed, have much to tell us about life, the ocean and everything.
Olive Heffernan Science writer
The bright stripes of an emperor angelfish break up its outline, helping it to avoid predation.