Friday, 20 April 2007

Must have books for self confessed ‘Fish Geeks’ ad other natural history lovers

A lot of us divers take great pleasure in identifying the things we see underwater. For me, it is mainly fish id which interests me and I am always hoping to spot the unusual or maybe even discover something new!

Even after 5 years of diving in Fiji I rarely dive without seeing something new and the great thing is that the more you know, the more you discover. There are some great books available to help with fish id and all give you the basic skills necessary to remember key details about the fish during a dive so you can remember it later on.

There are also some less detailed books but which give you a broader overview on marine and terrestrial natural history. Be aware that the common names for fish in the books vary so look to the Latin name to be sure you are comparing the same species from one book to another.

I am going to try to post some of my favourite fish id books for our region in the next few weeks as posts, and will keep on doing it as I fall in love with them.