`wilderness coast`--that portion of the Florida Panhandle that
juts south into the Gulf of Mexico--is home to Gulf Specimen company
and the source of most of the marine creatures that it supplies
to educational institutions and research facilities. But the pursuit
of unsual sea creatures and the answers to puzzling biological
questions takes Jack and Anne Rudloe elsewhere, too.
farthest depths of the Gulf of Mexico, the Florida Keys, Port
Canaveral, even Surinam--these are the scenes of their activities.
Like any profession, specimen collecting has its attendant hazards:
being slashed by a sawfish, zapped by an electric ray, nipped
by a sea turtle, or attacked by an alligator. More perilous yet
is being caught in 50 fathoms of water in a violent storm in a
less-than-seaworthy boat. These and other adventures are recounted
in this entertaining and informative book.
pages, 6" x 9", paperbound