Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents

By Marty Essen

  • Six-time award-winning book!
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Cool Creatures, scorching Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents follows Marty and Deb Essen on a three-and-a-half-year-long event to a couple of the wildest locations on all seven continents.

The American couple started crisscrossing the globe with the straightforward purpose of looking for infrequent and engaging flora and fauna. while their travels coincided with the U.S. invasion of Iraq, the extra aspect made them unwitting ambassadors for peace. Their experiences--from a laugh to existence threatening--changed their lives forever.

This isn't really your typical travelogue. Marty Essen has written a publication that entertains, informs, and poignantly reminds us that all of us percentage a small planet. 
 
Locations visited comprise: Belize, Peru (the Amazon Rainforest), Argentina, Australia (Queensland), Canada (Alberta, British Columbia, Yukon Territory, and Northwest Territories), Antarctica, Europe (Spain, France, Switzerland, and Andorra), Malaysia (Borneo), and Africa (Zimbabwe).

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Friday, our final complete day in Belize, had arrived, and that i was resolute to not waste a second of it. I trigger into the jungle earlier than dawn to proceed my boa constrictor seek. i used to be bolder looking through the crops the following than i might were at the mainland. simply because i used to be on an island, the encompassing water may hold me from getting hopelessly misplaced, and there most likely weren’t any harmful creatures to fret approximately — except I disturbed a crocodile. the one time I felt uneasy used to be in swampy parts, the place deep dust threatened to suck me down and deposit me on the Earth’s middle. After numerous hours of scouring the jungle with out good fortune, I trudged again to the hotel to satisfy Deb for lunch. whereas I were snake searching, she have been at the morning dive boat. “I can inform by way of your smile you had a very good dive. ” “Yes — it used to be soooo far better than the day before today. ” “You should have talked to the dive grasp, then. ” “I did, however it particularly wasn’t worthwhile. the general public from the dive membership had made up our minds to sleep in, and everybody else was once into doing a macrodive. ” (A macrodive is a slow-moving dive for exploring the nooks and crannies of the reef. ) “That’s nice! inform me approximately it. ” “Well, I spent an hour in crystal transparent water at a intensity of twenty-five toes. i discovered an immense moray eel below a coral shelf, and purifier wrasses have been servicing him through deciding on parasites from his the teeth and gills. Then a sea turtle, the scale of a dinner plate, swam up from at the back of a few coral and floated in entrance of my face to pose for images. I additionally chanced on a lobster colony stuffed right into a crevice and an immense number of fish, together with French angelfish, parrot fish, puffer fish, and others I didn’t realize. ” “Cool! I’m joyful you ultimately obtained the dive you sought after. ” “It used to be incredible! So — how used to be your morning? ” “Pretty solid. No snakes, yet plenty of lizards. . . . ” once we accomplished consuming, Deb and that i met up with Mark and Carolyn for a sea-kayak day trip within the lagoon at the western aspect of the island. The 4 people loved the nice and cozy, sunny afternoon, paddling approximately within the transparent water and holding a watch out for crocodiles. Upon our go back, Deb persuaded me to move snorkeling together with her. The final time i attempted snorkeling I nearly drowned. As unusual because it might sound, snorkeling combines my worry of water with my worry of heights. My near-drowning adventure happened fifteen years prior at the island of Maui, Hawaii. I hadn’t snorkeled ahead of yet agreed to aim it so i may get a style of what Deb skilled while she scuba dived. On that day, either my loss of buoyancy and the worst head chilly of my lifestyles mixed to paintings opposed to me. not just did i've got hassle floating on best of the water, yet I additionally had hassle respiring via my snorkel. I practiced close to shore, snorkeling for a minute or every time ahead of having to face and seize my breath. My snippets of underwater statement helped me savor Deb’s fascination with scuba diving. The fish have been so intensely coloured they looked as if it would radiate from an inner gentle resource.

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