This engaging memoir presents one man's lifelong love of the ocean and gives a highly personal, behind-the-scenes look at California's magnificent and innovative aquariums. David Powell, for many years curator of the world-renowned Monterey Bay Aquarium, tells the story of his life as a pioneering aquarist. From handling great white sharks to transporting delicate fish on bumpy airplanes to night diving for fish in the Indian Ocean, "A Fascination for Fish" describes many of the mind-boggling challenges that make modern aquariums possible and offers an intriguing glimpse beneath the ocean's surface. Powell's career in diving and aquarium development goes back to the beginning of modern methods in both areas. From the early techniques he devised to get fish into aquariums alive and healthy to his later exploratory dive to a depth of eleven hundred feet in a two-person submarine, Powell's action-packed narrative inspires laughter, wonder, and philosophical reflection. A "Fascination for Fish" also includes many stories about Powell's diving adventures on the California coast, in the Sea of Cortez, and in many remote and exotic locations around the world.
David C. Powell consults on aquarium design around the world. He was director of live exhibit development at the Monterey Bay Aquarium until his retirement in 1997. He was also curator of the Steinhart Aquarium in San Francisco and curator of fishes at Sea World in San Diego. Distinguished oceanographer Sylvia A. Earle is Chair of DOER Marine Operations, a designer of manned and robotic sub-sea systems.
Foreword, by Sylvia A. Earle Acknowledgments 1. Underwater Thoughts 2. Marineland of the Pacific 3. A First Look at Realism 4. The Road to Gonzaga Bay 5. The Steinhart Aquarium 6. Adventure in the Sea of Cortez 7. Sea World 8. Carnival in Mazatlan 9. The Lure of Sharks 10. Tanner Bank and Mexico Expo 11. The Revillagigedo Islands 12. Roundabout to Steinhart Aquarium 13. Search for a Living Fossil 14. To Chile, Easter Island, and Rarotonga 15. Monterey Bay Aquarium 16. Creating the Exhibits 17. Aquarists at Work 18.Collecting the Fish 19. Always Something New 20. The Open Ocean 21. Pelagic Fishes 22. A Million-Gallon Fishbowl 23. A New Direction Selected Reading Index