The bizarre, bottom-dwelling gurnard resembles a flying fish, but contrary to popular belief and local lore, its winglike fins propel it in search of food or puff out to warn a predator, rather than allow it to take flight. It is just one of the fascinating entries in "The Dance of The Flying Gurnards," the first informative and engaging source-book to introduce beachgoers, waterfront residents, vacationers, and boaters to the natural charms and menaces of the three North American coastlines. This guide describes basic and surprising marine phenomena, celebrating what is observable by people who watch, touch, or float upon the sea. Waldman touches on such subjects as:
-- swimming at night and "lighting up" among swarms of bioluminescent plankton
-- a phenomenon in Mobile Bay called "the Jubilee, " where thousands upon thousands of fish throw themselves onto the shore
-- the simple joy of making blowfish puff up
-- how and where red tides occur, and why they are dangerous
"The Dance of the Flying Gurnards" is broad in scope and includes Waldman's personal anecdotes and the stories of fellow beachgoers and mariners who have seen the strangest and most beautiful phenomena the coast has to offer. "The Dance of the Flying Gurnards" is a fascinating and informative guide that will be perfect for anyone who loves the coast and wants to know more.