Selected pages from Adriaen Coenen's Visboek
, an illustrated guide to the strange and wonderful world of fish. No sixteenth-century mariner should leave shore without it. The National Library of the Netherlands has the complete book
, with commentary.
Pictures and descriptions of sea slugs
- an absolutely stunning species of marine life
documenting the sinking of the Oriskany aircraft carrier to create an artificial reef.
Strange, delicate, and sometimes delicious, tidepool creatures never cease to fascinate – until they’re gone. Steinbeck knew all about this enchanting world
Sea-creatures in glass.
In the late 19th Century, Dresden
-based glass-artist Leopold Blaschka
, together with his son, Rudolf, made scores of beautiful
glass models of marine invertebrates. [First link via an e-mail from Alex Vaughan.]
Seafood For Thought: Ocean Pin-ups.
immensity of fascinating photographs
creatures, among others
. It's a commercial site but unusually generous to the casual browser. (I confess I found them while doing a strictly gastronomic search, goose-necked barnacles being an overwhelming, sea-soaked passion in Portugal and Spain - and, btw, currently trying to take Manhattan, in restaurants such as Ilo. Still, it's funny - not funny ha-ha, but actually peculiar and quite sad - how seeing your favourite delicacies alive and thriving sort of ruins your appetite...