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and their inhabitants.
See also: TROPICAL REEF FISHES, GREAT BARRIER REEF (below), and the GBR as a dive destination.

Harry Erhardt & Daniel Knop. 
At last - a first class reference on hard and soft corals, gorgonians and sea anemones that is both authorative and interesting. Like all IKAN series publication, it has the standard hardcover format, 304 pages, gloss art paer, and over a thousand full colour photographs. Divided into the accepted categories of genus within family within order, this is an excellent identification guide with generally three colour images per page, and commences with a general introduction to corals and coral reefs. Like all IKAN books it contains picture stories, eleven in this case, including essays on man's influence on coral colonies, the commercialism of red coral, coral farming, propagation of soft corals, corals unde the microscope, coral bleaching, coral spawning, and the obiquitous Crown-of-Thorns starfish. Covers the huge region from the Red Sea through to the west coast of the Americas. 
If you require a book to identify corals, if you need to understand the physiology of coral colonies and habitats - if you just want a magnificent book on the foundations of the Great Barrier Reef and other reefs and atolls, then this is it. It is a massive work, extremely comprehensive as would be expected of a Principal Research Scientist with the Australian Institute of Marine Science. Commencing with a treatise on the formation of coral reefs, coral communities and coral biology, the book extends into more than 500 pages of species identification by Family, with map showing distribution. A  thorough index assists the reader/researcher. Hardcover, dustwrapper, large A4 format, 645, p, full colour throughout.
Charles Sheppard. 
Superb text based on Great Barrier Reef - building of a coral reef, ecosystem, marine animals. This is the book that gives you the real meaning behind the foundation of a coral reef, and how it evolves. 
Hardcover, 151 pages, colour. $19.95
Michael Aw with Sara Baggott. 
An Indepth Awareness & Identification Guide with Photographic Tips. 
Ocean Geographic Society, Australia. Published 2011.
Softcover, 226 pages, full colour throughout, separate index for Fishes and Invertebrates. 
Michael Aw is an exceptional underwater photography with, I am told, a pretty good knowledge of marine life. (Michael gets a snapshot and biog in the back of the book - Sara misses out. He is not a marine biologist - perhaps co-author Sara Baggott has such qualifications - but no matter, this is an excellent indetification guide just enough text to give a deeper understanding of exotic - as they are - marine life in tropical waters. And as expected, the photographs and crisp and relevant. All of Michael's publications lean toward a sincere trend toward conservation of marine life, which he expresses through education. As an identification guide, it excells with some eight images per page - there are over 850 photographs. Content is divided into Fishes and Invertibrates, (90 and 108 pages respectively); add chapters (s0me short admitedly) include Type of Reefs, How to ID Fisahes, How to Make Better Pictures Underwater.
One new copy left - $36.00. 
AQUARIUM CORALS. Selection, Husbandry, and Natural History
Eric H. Borneman.
Although the book is written for those wishing to keep corals in an aquarium, this is one of the best book I have seen on the natural history of corals. And understandably so, for if you wish to keep corals in an habitat, you need to understand their natural life in some detail. It is also an excellent book as a means of identification, the greater part of the book being devoted to this. Other chapters cover the symbiotic relationship with algae, competition and reproduction, feeding, anatomy, taxonomy, and conservation. An excellent authorative book even if you have no intention to keep an aquarium. 
Hardcover, medium format 22- x 240 mm, 464 pages, full colour throughoput, index, extensive bibliography, glossary.  $94.00 
Sorry, no longer available. May still be in print.
Carl Roessler.
Nice work from this nomadic travel agent who covers the Caribbean, Red Sea, Micronesia, PNG, Fiji, and a few other 'Islands of Spellbinding Beauty'. An upmarket divers guide to the world's top dive sites with examples of Roessler's excellent underwater photography. 
Hardcover, 216p, full colour, large format 240x300mm. 
CORALS OF THE WORLD - Three Volumes. 
J.E.N. Veron (author) and Mary Stafford-Smith (Scientific Editor and Producer). 
Over 3,000 photographs are included in this definitve work on the worldd's corals. Covering three hardcover volumes in a slipcase, the 1350 pages of full colour is one of the the most comprehensive, authoritative and spectacular producctions ever given to a group of marine organisms. It now superseeds Veron's brilliant Corals of Australia and the Indo-Pacific first published in 1986. Apart from being an identification guide, chapters include ‘what are species?', evolution, biogeogrpahy, the fossil record, coral reefs, the structure of corals, reproduction and the history of coral studies. A glossary explains all terminology. Non technical summaries distinquish the features of the species, genera and families. This really is a magnificent work in every respect. $245.00. SORRY - NO LONGER AVAILABLE
'Animal life from Africa to Hawaii exclusive of vertebrates'.
Terrance M.Gosliner, David W. Behrens, Gary C. Williams. 
This is a superb full colour quarto size, 320 page softcover book containing over 1100 photographs by 52 photographers, printed on quality art paper. It covers all the invertebrate animals from Anemones to Starfish, with four species per page, each with a colour photo, and includes many temperate water species. This scientific field guide is ideal for general identification and knowledge and aimed at the sport diver as well as the more scientifically educated reader. The introduction is particularly superb giving an excellent text on evolution, animal phylogeny, and the formation of coral reefs. $74.00 
Sorry, we no longer sell this.
CORAL REEFS - CITIES UNDER SEA. Richard C. Murphy. $84.00
This is a book that inspires and educates. The original and imaginative theme is based on a metaphor of our own city living, describing how the life in the sea requires organisation, discipline, rules and regulations just as our society and cities demand. Each chapter depicts the community of a working life under the waves, juxtaposed with our own urban existence. Here we have, as we do, Power Plants and Farms, Waste Management and Recycling, Construction and Public Housing, Public Health, Conflict and Cooperation, Advertising, Personal Lives, and Social Security. Murphy's succinct text is illustrated by excellent, relevant, photographs, yet this is not a ‘book of underwater photographs'. Although of medium format (26 x 26 cm), it defies the definition of a ‘coffee table book', devoid of images for the sake of art, and encourages reading from cover to cover. Whereas the fine photographs are technically clean and straightforward, the inspiration comes from a realisation that there is a wondrous community beneath the sea with similar problems to that which we humans experience. A superb, unique book. Hardcover, dust jacket, 178 pages, full colour throughout.
Sorry, no longer available. May be out of print.
Walter and Jean Deas. 
This is an excellent book for the identification of the main species of hard and soft corals, together with a background on coral reefs, their formation and the animals that create them. There is sufficient natural science text to be educational without being overwhelming, and is written in an easy to read style very much in the character of the authors who are well known, especially to the older breed of Australian diver, like myself. (Walt and Jean are film makers, and for many years were the dive guides at Heron Island). The sections on species identification includes up to half-page size colour images with a brief text on habitat and characteristics. Concludes with an essay on the future of the coral reefs. A very useful book.
Softcover, 289 pages, full colour throughout, index, bibliography, glossary. $38.00 
Sorry, we no longer stock this. May be out of print.
Bob Halstead. 
An IKAN series  book. 
This full color reef creature identification guide contains exquisite underwater photos of over 1000 marine species, from the Great Barrier Reef, Papua New Guinea, Solomon's, Vanuatu to New Caledonia.  Along with the descriptive information to identify each species, the book includes interesting behavioral and habitat information. The author, Bob Halstead, a degreed educator and scientist, is a household word in the Indo-Pacific diving industry and has made more than 7000 in the Coral Sea to amass this collection of photos. Bob, winner of multiple photographic awards, has authored several books, and published dozens of magazine articles.
Another superb book in the IKAN series, produced by Helmut Debelius, published by Sea Challeengers.
Hardcover. Approx 320 pages. $76.00 Full review
Adventures of an Underwater Photographer.
Paul S. Auerbach, MD.
The author is better known in the USA for his excellent photography and other publications. 
This is both an inspirational small coffee table book covering several mjor dive region in the world, the marine animals and terrain, expressed with fine photography and text. Eight chapters cover: Apo Reef (Pgilippines), Truk and Pohnpei, The Caribban, the Red Sea, Galapagos Islands, Fiji Islands, Palau, and our own Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea. The marine life is covered well in each area, woth single page photo-text essays. Certainly the region covered have some of the finest diving in the world. This would make an excellent gift, a guide to future diving dreams, or a souvenir of places visited. 
Hardcover, dustjacket, 236 pages, full colour on gloss art paper. 
Editor Jack Jackson.
What a superb book. The photography is excellent, and the text lucid and informative. So where are thse top coral reefs. Sections include The Caribbean, Indian Ocan, Red Sea, eastern and western Pacific, the Great barrier Reef of course, Melanesia, Hawaii. Authors include Michael Aw, Bob Halstead, Angie Belcher, Ann Storrie, all of whom are familiar to Australian divers. This is a large format book, 176 pages, full brilliant colour throughout. Apart from being an exception book to own, for inspiration and memories, it would also make a wonderful gift for any diver, irrespective of experience. 
$54.95   Highly recommended.
Dr Gerald Allen & Roger Steene. 
A concise yet extremely valuable companion for anyone wishing to identify and understand tropical marine life. Perhaps one of the best marine books produced in Australia, it relates not only to Australian waters, but "from the shores of Hawaii to the Red Sea". All phylum are represented, extending from tiny marine worms and corals to seabirds and mammals. If ever a book should be lauded as "the best in its field" this is it. Softcover, 378, with over 1800 full colour photographs.
Highly recommended.
B.Robin, C.Petron,C.Rives. 
This is a handy inexpensive identification guide, in full colour, 144 pages, within stiff board covers and a protective thick plastic sleeve. The formation of coral reefs and coral colonies is covered briefly, as is the nutritional cycle of the coral polyp. But what makes it such a handy book is its layout, showing the principle types of corals - hexacorallia, pctocorallia and hydrozoa, and an identification guide to the various ‘types' of coral such as the staghorn and brain corals just to name two of the fifteen ‘varieties'. $28.00 
A Photographic Guide. 
Rob van der Loos.  . 
Another excellent publication put out by New Holland. It covers the tropical area from the Seyshelles to Samoa, from southern Japan to northern Australia with chapyers on Living Habitats and the marine life that inhabit them. A valuable identification guide to the major invertebrate species, with an excellent chapter on scorpion fish. A dfourteen page chapter on photographing the animals is useful. 
Softcover, 176 pages, about 600 full colour photographs, each with a brief description of the animal, its depth, distribution, and lens used.$34.95
Sorry, no longer available. 
Edited by D.J.Barnes
Published for The Institute of Marine Science by Brian Clouston, Publisher. 1983.
Hardcover, dust jacket (in library plastic protective cover), 277 pages.Many charts and drawings; index. Lierature cited is included at the end of each paper. 
This is a thorough academic work and as I am not a marine biologist I can only go by what I am told by way of the contents and fly blurb. It is, apparnetly, a book 'o value to research scientists wityh interests in coral reefs. It will be a seminal source for people initiating new research and will play a valuable role in melding the often apparently disparate approaches of biologists and geologists to the reef environment.' So thgere you are. We have here some nineteen scientific papers from the same number of authorsm, with suvch titles as Carbon and Oxygen Isotope Probes of Reef Environmental Histories;, Calcium Carbonate Depositions by Reef Algae; Calcification of Corals and Other Animals on the Reef' Sea-Level Changes and Coral Reef Growth; Dissolved Nutient in Coral Reef Waters etc etc.  Cyptofaunal Communities and Morphological Shelf Reefs don't excite me, but I've probably seen a few of these in my time. It is only my ignorance that puts this tome above me, but I can see that it is a valuable books for the marine biology student and researcher. 
I have just the one copy, new, available. $44.00
A Comprehensive Guide to the Tropical shallow-water genera of the Central-West Pacific, the Indian Ocean and the Red Sea.
Katharina Fabricius and Philip Alderslade. 
Covers some 90 genera of Alcyonacea belonging to 23 families , with identification assisted with excellent photographs, over 700 in colour,  and drawings. The text covers the animals in their natural habitat, biology and world distribution. Of value to the professional marine naturalist and serious amateur diver. A definitive work.  Softcover, 264 pages. 
Dr Carden Wallac and Michel Aw.
Covers some one hundred species of Acropora, the most common hard coral within th tropical reef system
This excellent full colour book is ideal as an on-site field guide and home reference, economically priced, and yet with excellent colour photographs, one to five per page, and detailed text, surely the best value of the marine identification books.  Coverage is predominntly the Indo-Pacific, South-East Asia, west Pacific and northern Australia regions. 
Size  125 X 170 cm, full colour throughout, 158 pages.
Carden Wallace.
Published by the CSIRO, this superb book covers the coral genus Acropora, and is a fully sscientific tretise based on the skeltal morphology and field characteristics determijed by a number of marine scientists. It is the most definitive book on the identification and study of these ‘popular' corals. Text includes distribution (with map), material examined, skeletal characteristics, field characteristics (habitat), and general information including further scientific and general reading.A must for anyone serious about their coral knowledge. 
Hardcover (laminated boards), 422 pages, A4 size, numerous mono photographs for identification, and twelve colour plates containing some fifty photographs, glossary, bibliography, further reading. $140.00 
Sorry, no longer available.
Michael Aw
Covers the tropical invertebrates (no fishes) - sponges, sea snails, octopii, feather stars, hard and soft corals, bryozoan tunicates, etc etc. 
Full colour , an ideal on-site field guide and home reference, economically priced, and yet with excellent colour photographs, one to five per page, and detailed text, surely the best value of the marine identification books.  Coverage is predonimantly They all cover the Indo-Pacific, South-East Asia , west Pacific and northern Australia regions. 
Size  is 125 X 170 cm, full colour throughout, 158 pages. $22.00 
A Field Guide to the Marine Invertebrates Occurring on Tropical Pacific Coral Reefs, Seagrass Beds and Mangroves. 
Partick L. Colin and Charles Arneson. 
There seems to be a plethora of marine invertebrate books coming on to the market recently, and just as well as the dearth of such titles since George & George's Marine Life in the 1980s has been noticed. Like the brilliant Australian book Indo-Pacific Coral Reef Guide by Allen & Steene, and the equally superb Coral Reef Animals of the Indo-Pacific by Gosliner and others, Tropical Reef Invertebrates is superbly produced, with clear colour photographss of most species - over 2,000 photographs I would estimate. Subject chapters include sponges, cnidarian, ctenophores, worms, molluscs, crustaceans, lophophorates, echinoderms and ascidians. 
Softcover, 295 pages. medium format, full colour.  $89.95
Sorry we long stock this. May still be in print.
Jan Sapp.
Oxford University Press. NewYork, Oxford. 1999.
Hardcover, dustjacket, 275 pahes, index, notes. eight mono plates.
From the fly blurb: Since the 1960s, massive herds of poisonous crown-of-thorns starfish have infested many coral reefs around the world, leaving in their wake devastation comparable to a burnt-out rainforest. In What is Natural?, Jan Sapp examines this ecological catastrophe and captures the intense debates about the cause of the crisis, and how it should be handled. Are the outbreaks natural or are they human-induced? What should or could be done about them? Discussions of the cause and effects of the starfish plagues have involved virtually every environmental issue of our time: over-fishing, pesticide use, atomic testing, rain forest depletion, global warming and overpopulation. While many marine scientists and environmentalists have long demanded that action be taken to stop the plagues, others have maintained that the outbreaks are natural features of coral-reef life and therefore should not be tampered with. The crown-of-thorns story takes readers on tropical expeditions around the world, and into marine laboratories and government committees, where scientists rigorously search for answers to the many profound questions surrounding the global deterioration of coral reefs. $35.00


This is the ideal book for anyone wanting to visit the Great Barrier Reef. It is cheap in its price but not its content, having over 208 pages, covering the shore-based points of departure, the islands, and of course the reef itself. It includes diving and the dive tour operators. It tells you where and how you can dive the reef, the good and the not so good places, and where to learn to dive. It includes accommodation, how to get here, and points of interest, especially of not a diver or inbetween dive days. And if something is not up to an acceptable standard, the book tells you so. This really is a most useful book for anyone not familiar with ‘The Reef', and an absolute must for any overseas visitor. Sotcover, 208 pages, colour maps and photos. Great value, great information. 
Isobel Bennett
The Australian Museum Environment Series.
Collins Publishers Australia, Sydney. 1987.
Softcover, abourt quarto, 64 pages, further reading, no index. colour throughout and mono drawings. 
A very good, concise, readable coverage of the magnificent Great Barrier Reef. Covers the usual marine life, the fishes and invertebrates, the corals, the mammals. 
One copy available, $15.00
A Guide to the Fauna, Flora and Geology of Heron Island and Adjacent Reefs and Cays.
Edited by Patricia Mather and Isobel Bennett.
Handbook Series One. Published by The Australian Coral Reef Society incoprorating the Great Barrier Reef Committee. Brisbane, Australia 1984.
A4 size, perfect bound softcover, 144 gloss pages, mono and colour photographs, extensive references.
An academic threatise covering the flora and fauna one of the very few habitable islands actually within the Great Barrier Reef. Covers history of the island (it once slaughtered and canned turtles); Habitats,; Geomorphology;  Algae, all relevant Orders and Phylum; Fishes, reptiles and snakes, turtles, birds, plants. An excellent reference. 
Three copies available One has a crease in the front cover but still okay (will be sold last). $35.00
Neil McLeod, Neville Coleman and Jim Howes. 
A very pleasant souvenir-type book on the marine life of the Great Barrier Reef. 
Softcover, A4 size, 32 p, full colour. 
A Handbook on the Corals, Shells, Crabs, Larger Animals and Birds, with some remarks on the Reef's place in History.
Vincent Serventy.
First published 1955, by Georgian House, Melbourne, in assocition with Phoenix House, Limited, London.
A small book, hardcoverm dustjacket, 87 pages, mono photographs.
Wouldn't it be nice to think tht the Great Barrier Reef could remain the way it was fifty yars ago when the author, a mrine naturalist, first observed it. His final chap[ter is called 'Tourist and Reef'; I am sure Dr. Serventy would not have imagined the tourist development that has occurred over the past twenty years. So far we have kept the oil rigs away. But for how long?
Keith Gillett.  $12.00
A small informative guide with concise text. Excellent reading. Hardcover, 96 pages, colour. 
Sorry, no longer available.
Edgar Frankel.
Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority.
Australian Government Publishing Service. Canberra 1978.
Softcover, perfect bound, 204 pages, index. 
Like all bibliographies, it is in author's sequence.efers of course not just to pubpished books but, mainly, academic papers. 
We have one copy, $20.00.
Photography by Walter Deas. Text by Steve Domm.
Ure Smith Pty Ltd., Sydney, 1976.
Hardcover, dustjacket, A4 size portrait, 126 pages, index, full colour throughout.
From the fly blurb: Corals of the Great Barrier Reef provides an authoritative introduction to coral classification and biology and coral reef ecology and a full colour identification guide to the corals of the area. Walter Deas and Steve Domm take you into the tranquil underwater world of subdued sunlight, living coral colonies, brilliantly coloured fish with often bizarre shapes, giant clams, crabs and anemones. Perhaps it is this unique combination of beauty that gives the coral reefs of the Great Barrier Reef their mystique.This book brings home to us the fragility of the whole coral community in its exposure to danger, not only from adverse sea and weather conditions, but also from other inhabitants of the marine environment, mainly the Crown of Thorns starfish. Hopefully it will help us to appreciate the need to conserve and protect the richest coral reef community in the world—the Great Barrier Reef.
One copy available, good condition, dustjacket. $25.00
Compiled by Lesley Murdoch, Great Barraier Reef Marine Park Authority.
Bay Books, Sydney.
Softcover, stiff card, A4 size, 96 pages, index, full colour throughout. 
An excellent book on The Reef, covering the geography, oceanography, history and of course the natural science through the chapters: The Wonder Down Under; Reefs, Islands and Coral Cays; The Reef Community; All Creatures Great and Small; In Days Gone By; The Reef and Us; A Window on the Reef. 
One new copy left. $18.00
Lester Cannon and Mark Goyen 
Interesting, well-written text, with excellent photographs. 
A very useful and informative book. 
Hardback, 240p, full colour, large format 230x300mm. $42.00 
Neville Coleman.
One of the excellent World of Water Wildlige Guides.
This is a very handy and informative marine life guidebook covering predominantly the fishes and invertebrate lif, but also reptiles, mammals and crustacea. There are over 500 full colour photographswith brief text to each. Brief tourist information is also mentioned, including a section on reef walking, snorkelling and scuba diving. Includes also th marine life of the Keppel Islands, and the Whitsundays. Softcover, 80 pages, full colour, scientific name index.
Notes From a No-ologist's Pocket Book.
S.Elliott Napier.
Published in 1929 by Angus and Robertson, Sydney.
Hardcover, 194 pages, mono photographs. Quite an important historry as it covers early explotation of the reef as well as a description of a number of islands and the marione and land animals. 
Hardcover, no dust jacket on my copy but may have had one, 193 pages, index, a few mono photographs of natural science subjects, two maps. The book is based on a series of articles first published in the Sydney Morning herlad, and concerns itself with an expedition to a number of islands to the Great Barrier Reef, to observe and record  nature. Chapters include: Bundaberg to Lady Musgrave; the Mutton-Bird; Noddies and Gannets; Crabs and People; Fish and Flora; The Ways of the Turtle; Turtle Soup and Turtle-Riding; Wonders of the Reef, Shells; Insects andCorals; and Beauty and Cruelty.  I understand this was a well respected book in its day, and I have no reason to assume that it has not lost this respect amongst those whop study the Great Barrier Reef. 
We have just the one copy, very good condition slight foxing on endcover, hardcover with computer-generated facsimile dust-jacket. $35.00
Reader's Digest Book of the GREAT BARRIER REEF 
Reader's Digest, Sydney, 1984. ISBN 0 949819 41 7. 
Over thirty-five authors. 
Hardcover, dustjacket, large square format 365 x 265 mm, 384 pages, full colour throughout, index. 
 An excellent comprehensive book on the Great barrier Reef, its formation, corals, marine life, recreational and scientific use. Although the subject matter is diverse, this is perhaps the best book that covers "The Reef". 
I have two copies available - both in very god to excelent coindition - one with a repaired spine but hardly noticeable for $22.00, the other for $32.00.  This really is an excellent book, very informative.

Keith Gillett.
A.H. & A.W. Reed. 
First published in 1968 as The Australian Great Barrier Reef in Colour; reprinted 1971, 1976. This edition also had a dustjacket, but with a plain blue lamiated cover.
New edition as Australia's Great Barrier Reef in Colour, in 1980, and revised in 1984.
Hardcover, laminated boards, square format 180 x 180mm, 96 pages, index, full colour throughout.
A delightful book and very popular indeed with several reprints. Very informative as you would expect from this author. Covers the marine life of course, and coral reefs and their formation. Fishes, turtles, birds and sea-snakes of course. A book well worth having.
We have one copy of the 1976 reprint, and one copy of the 1984 reprint. $18.00.
Isobel Bennett. 
First published by Lansdowne Press, Melbourne, 1971.
Hardcover, large format  (260 x 310mm), dust jacket, 183 pages, full colour and mono photographs throughout.
I personally regard this is still the best book on the GBR - informative and thorough, well written, with fine photographs. As would be expected, covers the formation of the coral reefs, the reef-building animals, the animals that inhabit the reef system, fringing reefs and inshore islands. A great book, dedicated respectfully by the author to the memory o Professor William John Dakin, Challis Professor  of Zoology, Univeristy of Sydney, 1928-1948, "who guided my first footsteps as a marine biologist". The author also wrote the acclaimed, 'The Fringe of the Sea', in 1966.
We have two second-hand first edition copies. Both are in as new condition with very slight scuffing on the dustjacket. This is an exceptional book for the ecology and marine life of the GBR. $42.00.
David Lawrence, Richard Kenchington, Simon Woodley
Melbourne University Press, Carlton South, Melbourne. 2002
Softcover, still board, 268 pages, index, referencescp;or plates and maps, charts and drawings.
From the back cover blurb: The Great Barrier Reef is an icon of natural wonders and a tourist drawcard. It is protected and managed as the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park—the world's largest marine park and the first marine-based World Heritage area. Unique in size, structure and operations, the marine park is of national and international importance. The management system is evolving from a model focused on coral reefs to one based on a better understanding of marine ecosystems and the complex relationships between sea and land. Until now, this system has been little analysed and not well understood. The authors trace the marine park from its establishment during the environmental activism of the 19605 and 19705 through its recognition as a World Heritage site to the current operations of the Marine Park Authority. They discuss the crown-of-thorns starfish controversy, the Port Hinchinbrook development, the Nelly Bay marina off Townsville, the failure of the Floating Hotel and exploding tourism development.
Growth of tourism, industrial development, native title claims, expansion of the fishing and sugarcane industries, and declining water quality—all these issues demand immediate attention. As this important book vigorously argues, an integrated management policy is vital to the survival of the dynamic, diverse and vulnerable environment of the Great Barrier Reef. 
One new copy available, $34.00  SOLD -
Keith Gillett, and Frank McNeill.
Coral Press Pty Ltd., Sydney. 1959. 
Hardcover, dustjacket, 170 x 250 mm portrait, 194 gloss art pages, many mono and a few colour photographs, glossary, index, list of scientific names.
Gillett is well known as a photographer and naturalist with a number of excellent publications to his name, and is an Australian pioneer in underwater photography - one of the first to publish photographs of live marine animals in situ rather than in an aquaroium or dead specimens on a piece of hessian. (Although there are not too many natural environment shots in this book - but then it is 1959. Despite the passage of time, it is still a great book to read and to gain a wealth of information. Chapters include An Archipelago of Coral Isles; Corals and their Allies; Night Descends on a Coral Reef; Sea-stars and Sea Urchins; Crabs and smaller crustaceans - and descriptions of the physical chjaracteristics of the Cumberland Group of Islands (includes Heron Island), and a chapter on Lord Howe Island. The final chapter is a Marine Photographer's Guide, where he shows a number of housed-camera systems and bulb flashes. The solid Rolleimarin model seems to be a favourite, enclosing a Rollieflex camera. The chapter includes basic underwater photography science, perhaps the first coverage in some detail in an Australian book. A great book. 
Just the one copy, second-hand, revised third edition 1967. Excellent condition, hardcover, dustjacket, in plastic protection.  $35.00
And Some Mention of Other Australian Coral Reefs.
William J. Dakin
Australian National Publicity Association, Melbourne 1950.
Hardcover, dust jackt, 134 pages, mono prints, index.
One of the true classic book on the natural sciences by the father of marine biology. It is also interesting to rad of the mny islands hat were, in the days of Dakin, free of tourists and the ghastly resorts that go with them. Here is Heron, and Hayman, and Lindemann and Dunk islands at their best
From the fly:  This story concerns the wonder and beauty of the greatest coral region of the seven seas. As the author so aptly writes, "The words 'coral' and 'coral islands' have generally called up visions of romance and one can remember how they not only formed the background of many stories of boyhood, but made at least one best-seller of recent times. To scientists of the last hundred years they have, however, been magnets of great attractive power. They have provided the most fascinating problems for the marine biologist.". For the late William .J. Dakin, D.Sc., Emeritus Professor of Zoology, University of Sydney, the amazing Great Barrier Reef region, the scattered green atolls of the tropic seas and other coral regions, such as the Abrolhos Islands of the West, constituted allure and a life-long delight. His life-work concluded with the writing of this volume - a brilliant effort to make known, to every visitor and to those who cannot travel, the unique geogaaphical feature of the Australian continent. 
Still a most valuable reference, and also of historic value. We have two second-hand copies available, with dust jacket. $24.00. Also one copy with no dust-jacket, $15.00. See also below. 
Eric Worrell.
Angus and Robertson, Sydney. 1966.
Hardcover, dustjacket, 128 pages, many mono and some colour photographs. 
One of the earliest 'popular' books on the Great Barrier Reef, a great read of the reef in its early 'pubic-popular' life. Life was different in the fifties and changes are inevitable - fortunately we no longer have crocodile races and play and ride with turtles (and slaughter them). We have moved on. Although Worrell was a naturalist and writer, there is little to recommend the book for any insite into thwe natural sciences of the reefs aanimals - there are plenty of other books that do that. Nevertheless it retains some historical interest. 
I have just the one copy with a rather damaged dustjacket as shown, but the book is otherwise excellent. $30.00
Australian Underwater Federation.
Editor Peter Saenger. Brisbane 1977.Softcover, 206 pages, index, further reading, mono and some colour photographs.
With a forward by the Queensland Premiewr at the time, Joh. Bjelke-Petersen. 
Produced for the 5th World Underwater Congress in Queendland in 1977 organised by the AUF which, I am told, was a complete disater through lack of patroinage. The book has several highlt qualified contributors including Isobel Bennett, Harold Heatwole, Neville Coleman. The sections: The GBR - geology, geomorphology, flora and fauna; The Lore of the Reef; Plant Life' Animal Life' Wrecks on the Great Barrier Reef, Coral Reef Diving. 
On copy, good condition. $20.00
THE GREAT BARRIER REEF - And Some Mention of Other Australian Coral Reefs.
William J. Dakin. (Emeritus Professor of Zoology, University of Sydney).
Revised by Isolbel Bennett.
Walkabout Pocketbooks - Ure Smith Pty Ltd, Sydney, 1968, second impression 1970. Initially publisahed in 1950. 
Stiff board covers, 176 pages, maninly mono but some colour plates, index.
From the back cover blurb: Australia's Great Barrier Reef, ranks high among the wonders of the world. Its coral reefs and uncounted islands, sparkling over an area of eighty thousand square miles off the coast of Queensland, are a paradise for the tourist and the nature-lover; and for the beauty, variety and interest of the life they contain they probably are unsurpassed on earth. William J. Dakin (1883-1950), for many years Professor of Zoology in the University of Sydney, was one of the best popular writers and broadcasters on the world of nature that Australia has seen. Marine life was his special interest, and he made an extensive study of the reef waters of the continent. He wrote this book (first published serially in Walkabout magazine) to introduce the general reader to the fascinating story of the best-known reefs. The Great Barrier Reef describes how coral reefs, islands and atolls are formed; and it explains the nature of the coral animal and the other creatures that make the reefs. There are sections on the vegetation of the reef areas, and on their wildlife—birds, fishes, shells, sea-stars, and the rest. All the time the reader has a feeling of accompanying this engaging author; whether fossicking on an inshore reef-flat at low water, or standing with him far out to sea on a reef of the outer barrier, looking down into a crystal abyss of deep ocean while the groundswell surges over the pink and purple living corals of the reef's edge. This edition has been revised in detail by Isobel Bennett, of the Department of Zoology, University of Sydney, and an appendix prepared by the Australian National Travel Association gives the intending tourist information about transport and accommodation facilities for Barrier Reef holidays. The Great Barrier Reef is illustrated with sixty colour and black and white photographs. 
One second-hand copy available. Still a valuable reference and also of historic value. $12.00 See also above.
Craig McGregor and the editors of Time-Life books.
One of the series The World's Wild Places. 1974
Hardcover, dustjacket, square format, 184 pages, index, bibliography, full colour throoughout.
From the fly blurb: It is an astonishing fact that the spectacularly beautiful Great Barrier Reef, 1,200 miles long, has been built chiefly by animals only half an inch long. This volume unravels for you the mysteries of this astonishing phenomenon of nature. With the help of marine biologists, underwater photographers and Author Craig McGregor, you will explore the exotic world off the coast of northeastern Australia. Forty five miles from the mainland you'll step off a helicopter onto the burning white sands of Heron Island, deserted except for thousands of noisy sea birds on the beach or cawing in the tangled growth of the Pisonia trees. This is one of the sandy cays, typical of the reef and an excellent "platform" from which to begin your underwater explorations. In lively text, accompanied by scores of colour-splashed photographs you'll swim with Author Craig McGregor through the fantastic coral gardens of the Reef, gaze at the rainbow hues of the unparalleled variety of fish there, watch their graceful, deft underwater movements as they feed, or fight to survive. You'll see some of the alarming predators who lurk among the recesses of the Reef, from the almost invisible box jellyfish with poisoned sting cells in its tentacles (lethal to man, as well) to the ugly stone-fish with its eighteen poison tipped spines. You'll learn how this gigantic coral world was formed over thousands of years; how half-inch long polyps grow stone "houses" for themselves, but always attached to a neighbour's,thus gradually forming a complex underwater structure of beautiful and bizarre shapes. On Beaver Cay you'll spend time observing the intriguing, sometimes comical ways of the sea birds: silver gulls, terns, wedge-tailed shearwaters (which live in underground burrows), gannets, noddies, the agile frigate birds (the "pirates" of bird colonies which knock food out of the grasp of other flying birds and snatch it for themselves before it falls into the sea). And you'll watch the most archaic of reptiles, the huge Green Turtles, make their infrequent visits to the Barrier beaches for egg laying and then disappear again into the sea for two years or more. The volume concludes with a discussion of the Reef's uncertain future. With its immense limestone and other mineral deposits it tempts exploitation. With increasing waste being dumped into the sea the delicate polyps may not survive in such great number. What is likely to happen next?
Two copies availab;e, one with a dust jacket. $20.00
THE GREAT BARRIER REEF. A World Heritage National Park
Photos by Gary Bell. Text by Tony Ayling.
"Be enchanted by the miraculous living wonder of the Great Barrir Reef. Colour stream from every page as art and science unite to compel raders to share in the discovery and conservation of the Earth's most beautiful habitat. Informative text, penned by esteemed marine biologist Dr Tony Ayling, coupled with award-winning photogarpher Gary Bell's vibrant underwater photography, charts the evolution, composition and day-to-day workings of the exquisite, enigmatic ecosystem". Thats from the fly of the book. To me, its a nice book of delightful photrographs that capture the essence of the Great Barrier Reef in straighforward, functional, descriptive images. With Ayling's professional yet easy to read text, the book extends beyond the traditional coffee-table picture book, into a valuable document on this marvellous of all reef systems. And it's photographed and written by Aussies, and published by an Aussie (but printed in China - you can't win ‘em all!). Hardcover, dustjacket, large landscape format, full colour throughout, 224 pages, index. Would make a great gift, not just for divers. $59.95
Sorry, we no longer stock this. It is a Steve Parish publication so should be available on order from only book shop.
THE GREAT BARRIER REEF - A Guide to the Reef, Its Islands and Resorts.
Text and Photography by David Heenan.
Glenemede Pty Ltd, Wilberforce, NSW, 1990. ISBN 0 7316 5785 3
Hardcover, dustjacket, A4 landscape, 242 pages, full colour throughout, no index.
An exce;;ent book copvering the islands by chapter includsimng history and geography, and the natural sciences of the reef and islands both underwater and topside. Not all opf the islands are strictly on the Great Barrier Reef but that does not detract from trhe book of course. The islands covered are Bedarra, Brampton, Daydream, Dunk, Fitzroy, Great Keppel, Green, Hamilton, Hatman, Heron, Hinchinbrook, Hook, Lady Elliot, Lindeman, Lizard, Long, Orpheous, South Molle. 
Just the one copy - second-hand but absolutely as new. Signed by the author to Cassie Welsh (Cassie was editor of Scuba Diver for many years). $35.00
Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, Townsville, Australia. 1978.
Paper and proceedings of a Workshop held in Townsville 20 and 21 April 1978.
A4 size, perfect bound soft cover, 462 pages, all mono, no photographs, no index, several charts.
No less than thirty-one speakers, and thus printed papers from the likes of Isobel Bennett, J.E.N. Veron; John Wilson. Seven sections: Description and administration, law; Use of the area, shipping and transport, tourist and recreation; Natural features' Suveillance and management; Zoning and methods of regulation; guidelines for the GBRMPA. 
One copy available. $45.00
Richard Lurie. 
First published in 1966, Jarrold Publishers (London) Ltd. 
Hardcover, dust jacket, 191 pages. 
biography by an Englishman diving the Great Barrier Reef in the 1960s. He certainly covers a lot of ground. Part travel documentary, part marine observation, part personal observation and opinion, it is of  limited historic interest except for the occasional anecdote.
From the fly:
Since the invention of the snorkel and the aqualung vast new worlds have been revealed under the surface of the sea. Skindiving is now one of the most popular and enthralling sports in the world. Of all the places available to divers the Australian Great Barrier Reef is probably the most rewarding. There a large variety of big game fish abound and there also the conchologist may find an infinity of strange shellfish. But these waters contain dangers in proportion to their beauty such as man-eating sharks, poisonous jellyfish, sea snakes and, perhaps most dangerous of all, the deadly stonefish. Richard Lurie has spent years filming and skindiving along this fascinating Barrier Reef where his vivid descriptions of the life below the sea bring to the reader a world of beauty, savagery and enchantment. The author takes the reader on his travels from the surf of Southern Queensland to the abysmal edge of the outer reef. He takes you to the coral cay famous for its bird life and to mainland rivers which are the haunts of crocodiles which lurk alongside the jungle vegetation. Realism is the keynote of this true account of Richard Lurie's twelve years' adventuring, filming and spearing in the vast coral labyrinth which comprises the Great Barrier Reef. It is a story which will appeal to young and old alike.
Two copies left: $28.00  Excellent copy, dustjacket in protective library film. $22.00. Very good copy, dust jacket just slightly scuffed. 
This is the classic book on the Great Barrier Reef, first published in 1936 with many reprints since. It gves an early aspect of how the reef was perceived and used commercially, with little thought to tourism at the time. The chapter Wealth from the Reef gives you an idea of how the marine life could have been exploited. The book gives an excellent description of the marine life - the corals, fishes, mammals and invertebrates. Hardcover, 280 pages, colour and mono plates. Well out of print of course, but we usually have good copies, either with original dust jackets or ccomputer generated cover based on the original. 
Several copies available from $25.00. 
Oceans Enterprises, 303 Commercial Road, Yarram, Vic 3971, Australia.