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Southern African Sea Life: A Guide for Young Explorers by Sophie von der Heyden

Southern African Sea Life: A Guide for Young Explorers by Sophie von der Heyden

Reviewed by Wilma den Hartigh

"The guide provides parents of young children with answers to such questions and older children who can read can browse through the book by themselves to find out more about their rock pool discoveries.

There are many interesting facts contained in the book. Even adults might be surprised to learn that a sea star feeds by pushing its stomach out through its mouth and placing it directly over its prey, octopuses are quite clever, and that the yellow-bellied sea snake is the only marine snake found in the oceans of Southern Africa."

Click here to read the rest of the review on Media Club South Africa

About the book:

This guide for young explorers combines scientific fact, fascinating tidbits, brilliant full-colour photography and sensitive illustrations to bring a wonderful variety of ocean creatures vibrantly to life. Children will enjoy poring over the colourful pages as they:

* read about marine habitats like sandy beaches, rocky shores, estuaries, coral reefs and kelp forests
* discover plant and animal groups, including molluscs, crustaceans, coastal birds, mammals and reptiles, among others
* learn to identify important species from each group, using picture field-guides
* study the helpful holiday guides to find out what sea life to look out for along the shore – from Walvis Bay to Mozambique
* find out why the ocean is vital to us, how it may be harmed by human activities and some of the ways in which we can help
* learn about the valuable work that marine scientists do

Click here for more information about Southern African Sea Life


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