Sex, Drugs, and Sea Slime: The Oceans Oddest Creatures and Why They Matter

A tastefully scandalous tour of defensive secretions and extreme sexual flexibility backs up a plea for ocean conservation. Marine Scientist Ellen Prager takes us deep into the sea to introduce an astonishing cast of fascinating and bizarre creatures. "Packed with excellent conversation fodder for your next date, this book details the strange lives and mating rituals of sea creatures. Choose your anecdotes wisely, though: That romantic seafood dinner may become less appetizing once you explain that lobsters use urine during foreplay, or that male octopi copulate with a 'specialized baby-maker arm.' Sierra Magazine

"Prager plumbs the depths for strange or marvelous organisms, first wowing us with their weirdness and then reeling us in with their worth, be it culinary, medicinal, biotechnological, or recreational. Her exuberant writing reveals a personal enthrallment with her protagonists. She's the perfect guide for an undersea exploration."   Audubon Magazine

When viewed from a quiet beach, the ocean, with its rolling waves and vast expanse, can seem calm, even serene. But hidden beneath the sea's waves are a staggering abundance and variety of active creatures, engaged in the never-ending struggles of life, to reproduce, to eat, and to avoid being eaten.

Listen to author Ellen Prager discuss her book with Terry Gross on Fresh Air



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