Books by Kenneth Mallory

Released: Oct. 1, 2010

Most children know what an astronaut is, but an aquanaut? Not so common. Focusing on a one-week expedition in the underwater science station Aquarius, Mallory and marine photographer Skerry literally immerse themselves in this adventure. The science station is an 80-ton cylindrical steel chamber that's like "a mobile home someone has driven into the ocean." The team's project is to electronically tag fish and observe their daily habits. The narrative chronicles the safety training needed before the expedition, the implantation of tags or pingers inside the fish and the day-to-day experience of living 60 feet below the ocean's surface. What do aquanauts eat? Can you make telephone calls and send e-mails? And most importantly—is it possible for a toilet to explode from too much pressure? (Answer: yes.) Full-page interludes on topics such as sea-habitat history and the importance of decompression are disruptive at times but ultimately add to the understanding of this undersea adventure. A rather dry design aside, this book intrigues. (introduction, further reading, glossary, index) (Nonfiction. 9-12)Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 2, 2006

This newest entry in the essential Scientists in the Field series takes readers to some of the lowest points on the planet—thousands of feet below the ocean's surface, where colonies of eldritch-looking tube worms and other denizens thrive around sunless, hydrothermal vents that are more times hotter than boiling temperature. Backed up by plenty of color photos, maps and artists' conceptions, the tour follows both an IMAX film crew and the research of marine biologist Rich Lutz. The latter offers a unique perspective, because in 1991 a site in the Pacific known as Nine North was utterly devastated by a volcanic eruption, and Lutz has been studying the stages and cycles of its biological community's recovery ever since. Closing with the tantalizing observation that scientists have charted less than one percent of the ocean's floor, Mallory will leave young readers with a both a better understanding of this unique ecological niche and a sense of wonder about the many mysteries yet to be uncovered. (multimedia resource list) (Nonfiction. 10-13)Read full book review >
Released: March 1, 2001

Investigating the hammerhead shark for a new IMAX movie, Mallory, of the New England Aquarium, dives with oceanographer Pete Klimley to study hammerheads off the coast of Baja California and with the IMAX crew off the coast of Costa Rica. According to the author, there are nine species of hammerhead sharks, each with a distinctively shaped head. Hammerheads are the brainiest of the sharks, and unlike other shark species, frequently travel in groups of several hundred. Scientists are studying why they travel in schools and how they migrate and find their way to an undersea mountain without visual landmarks. The text is full of quotes from working scientists explaining how they observe, hypothesize, conduct experiments, and use new high-tech equipment such as ultrasonic telemetry tags and diving gear like the closed-circuit re-breather apparatus (that avoids creating bubbles, which disturb the sharks). The text is enlivened with striking underwater photographs of the sharks and divers. There are awesome deep-blue photographs of schooling hammerheads, dancing on their tails and rising vertically like some alien black calligraphy. It must take a special kind of scientist to don a black-and-white dive suit with fins to resemble a killer whale in order to dive with the orcas, but even armchair travelers can enjoy this undersea science adventure. Includes further reading and an index. A welcome addition to the Scientists in the Field series. (Nonfiction. 10-12)Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

paper 0-15-201802-6 This New England Aquarium book covers some of the scientists, conservationists, and concerned citizens working to protect the Hector's dolphin, the yellow-eyed penguin, and the little blue penguin of coastal New Zealand, a "shining example" of conservation and the complex issues which must be balanced. The Hector's dolphins were not reproducing at a rate to replace those caught and killed in commercial fishing nets, and the fishermen resisted any restrictions on their livelihood. Warning devices have been developed to protect dolphins from nets while permitting commercial fishing. Ecotourism—fees help fund the caring and preservation of species—has led to an increase in the population of the yellow-eyed penguin. The Eastern Bays Little Blue Penguin Foundation is an animal care center that offers temporary shelter to injured creatures, mostly little blue penguins, so small that they are "vulnerable to domestic animals such as dogs." The insertion of full-page or full-spread informational asides, e.g., on the tagging of animals, interrupts the main body of text (except when they are set-off and colored, as are some journal entries on a little blue penguin), requiring readers to do a little page-flipping. Despite that, the text is conversational, and full of information and anecdotes to bring the issues home to readers. Striking, full-color photographs, most by Mallory and some from other sources, enhance every page. A brief conclusion ties the three scenarios together; the small snapshots of working scientists are a welcome inclusion. (map, glossary) (Nonfiction. 10-12) Read full book review >
THE RED SEA by Kenneth Mallory
Released: March 15, 1991

Saltier than any ocean and warm as bath water, the Red Sea is home to an amazing variety of species. Mallory combines vivid underwater photos and a difficult but intriguing text to detail how these unusual plants and animals feed, breed, and protect themselves; bioluminescence, protective coloration, poisonous spines, symbiosis, and electric organs—all play roles in this specialized environment. The author's comparisons are apt: Of the spines in soft corals, he notes that ``These needles act rather like the poles in a pup tent.'' The most difficult words (e.g., ``tapetum'' and ``zooxanthellae'') appear in a brief glossary, but readers are left to puzzle out ``wrasse'' and ``mangrove forest.'' An attractive addition to the ``New England Aquarium Books.'' Endpapers show the worldwide locations of coral reefs; additional maps; glossary; further reading; index. (Nonfiction. 10-14) Read full book review >