- By David M. Kinchen
Beautifully printed and crammed with color photos, “Explore the West Coast National Marine Sanctuaries with Jean-Michel Cousteau” (Ocean Publishing, Flagler Beach, FL, 358 pages, $19.95, available on amazon.com and other online sources) is an invaluable guide if you ever motor west — or take the Greyhound or fly — to visit these sanctuaries in California and Washington state.
If you’re not into diving and lack the cash for what is after all an expensive endeavor — and simply want to enjoy the marvelous photography — you’re in luck: This is a perfect book for the armchair traveler, the kind of people who love National Geographic magazine and similar publications.
The second book in a four-book series, “Explore the West Coast National Marine Sanctuaries with Jean-Michel Cousteau” reveals the natural wonders of the five national marine sanctuaries on the U.S. West Coast. Four California Sanctuaries (Channel Islands, Monterey Bay, Gulf of the Farallones, Cordell Bank) and one Washington Sanctuary (Olympic Coast) are explored and described in a way that every reader will enjoy and appreciate. Filled with important information, accentuated by beautiful photographs and Jean-Michel’s defining voice, this book introduces the undersea marvels that only divers had known before.
Here’s what Library Journal said about the Series in its February 2011 Review (this particular book in the series was published in March 2012):
“Jean-Michel, the son of Jacques Cousteau, and his group, Ocean Futures Society, dived and photographed each area. Beautiful images of animals and plants as well as sections on visitors’ centers, Chambers of Commerce, ecotours, boating and sailing rentals, locations of boat ramps, restricted areas, diving and snorkeling permits, and dive sites are useful resources for visitors and whet the appetite of armchair travelers. VERDICT: Other books on the marine sanctuaries are technical and specialized. This attractive guide for lay readers will interest divers, photographers, tourists, conservationists, and marine biology buffs.”
About the author
Jean-Michel Cousteau is a recipient of the Emmy award, the Peabody Award, the 7 d’Or, and the Cable Ace Award. He has produced more than 80 films and is the executive producer of the television showJean-Michel Cousteau: Ocean Adventures. He is a founder of the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation. He lives in Santa Barbara, California. Sylvia A. Earle is an Explorer-in-Residence at the National Geographic Society, leader of the Sustainable Seas Expeditions, and chair of Google Earth advisory council for the ocean. She is a charter member of the Ocean Futures Society Advisory Board and the former chief scientist of the National Oceanic Atmospheric Association. She is a founder of the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation. She lives in Oakland, California. Maia McGuire is the Sea Grant Extension Agent for the University of Florida–St. Augustine. She is a member of the Florida Marine Science Education Association and the National Marine Educators Association. She lives in St. Augustine, Florida.
Publisher’ website: www.oceanpublishing.org