From sea pigs, a type of sea cucumber with five to seven pairs of feet (including on its head) that walks on the seafloor to the Immortal Jellyfish, which can revert back from its adult form to a juvenile polyp, which means it can, potentially, live forever (scientists are studying this creature to help fight disease), Lonely Planet Kids World’s Strangest Ocean Beasts ($14.99, Raincoast Books) is a fascinating look at 40 unique creatures.
Using a “Strangeometer,” Lonely Planet editors ranked each creature using a scale out of one to 25 for appearance, weird abilities, rarity and strangeness. While reading though this book, I wondered how the editors decided on strangeness because what was strange to them, wasn’t strange to me – fascinating, yes, strange, not really.
Many of these “strange” creatures I have read about in other books and following various ocean sites on Instagram. I learned more about each of them and while getting information on some new creatures such as Red-Lipped Batfish, with large, red, kissable lips designed to attract a mate. Its long nose attracts prey. The Mimic Octopus, first discovered in 1998, can change its colour and shape and scientists have found 15 different disguises including a lionfish.
There are several pictures of each creature, the strangeometer as well as facts about them. After reading about several species, there is a quiz to see how much you retained. Don’t panic, the answers are on the same page.
There are so many cool creatures in our world. Thanks to Lonely Planet we get to learn more about them.
A copy of this book was provided by Raincoast Books for an honest review.
The opinions are my own.