Field Guide to Squids and Octopods of the Eastern North Pacific and Bering Sea

Field Guide to Squids and Octopods of the Eastern North Pacific and Bering Sea

Elaina M. Jorgensen

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This guide helps natural science enthusiasts and scientists identify squids and octopods from the eastern North Pacific Ocean and Bering Sea. These regions have been difficult to sample due to rough seas, leaving the cephalopod fauna poorly known until now. A key to 44 species is included, and the book is illustrated with line drawings, color photos, and maps, and is printed on waterproof paper. Author Elaina Jorgensen is a fisheries scientist at the NOAA Alaska Fisheries Science Center, where she has worked on paralarval taxonomy and spatial ecology of cephalopods for more than 10 years.

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"I was impressed by the cephalopod ID book. Really a nice job and something that Sea Grant can be proud of. I think I have all of the ID books made by Alaska Sea Grant, and they are all great, but the cephalopod book is above and beyond."—B.S., Environmental Studies Leader, BP Exploration

"My stepson, who is a fisherman, immediately grabbed it and raved about it!! He took it to show to other fishermen and said he learned more about octopus/squid in reading just a few pages than in all his years of fishing."—L.W., Kodiak, Alaska

“This valuable field guide to cephalopods is essential for anyone spending time at sea in the northeast Pacific. Often cephalopod discoveries are lost when rare species or life-history stages are not recognized. This guide should eliminate that problem and will enlighten readers on the ecology, distribution, and identification of all known species from the region.”—Dr. Richard E. Young, Professor Emeritus, Dept. of Oceanography, University of Hawaii

“This authoritative book is the first to be published on the identification, distribution, and fishery interest of Alaskan squids and octopuses in about two decades. It is an important resource for accurately identifying species, their habitats, and their biology. It will be invaluable for fishery biologists, ecologists, commercial fishermen, and recreational fishers and divers. A gaping hole in our knowledge has been filled with an interesting and useful work.”—Clyde F.E. Roper, Ph.D., Smithsonian Museum of Natural History

“Squids, octopods, and their relatives are very important in marine ecosystems but often are difficult to identify and study. The author has succeeded in presenting her comprehensive knowledge of these animals in the northeastern Pacific in a book that will prove very useful to anyone interested in the marine ecology or biology of that part of the world. The book allows readers to identify cephalopods accurately and provides information on each species.”—Michael Vecchione, Ph.D., Director, NMFS National Systematics Laboratory, National Museum of Natural History