Cover image for Extreme ocean : amazing animals, high-tech gear, record-breaking depths, and much more!
Extreme ocean : amazing animals, high-tech gear, record-breaking depths, and much more!
Physical Description:
111 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 29 cm.
General Note:
Includes index.
Reading Level:
Ages: 8-12.

Grades: 4-6.

960 L Lexile
Added Author:
"Information and photos of oceans for young children"--


Material Type
Call Number
Item Available
Book J 551.46 EAR 0 1

On Order



Discover the most outrageous aspects of the deep blue-from record-breaking depths to towering tsunamis, underwater giants to the tiny sea creatures, and the ocean challenges we face to what you can do to help save it.

Dive into a world of aquatic mystery in this action-packed combination of science and adventure. Famed National Geographic Explorer Sylvia Earle leads readers on an in-depth tour of life beneath the waves. Come face to face with whales and sharks, learn about the newest and most hi-tech ocean gear and gadgets, experiment with hands-on activities, and join Earle as she recounts her most daring dives. Packed with fascinating tidbits, animal profiles, and up-to-date science, each chapter combines stunning photography with fun, accessible text. Perfect for curious kids, ocean lovers, young explorers, and the classroom. Extreme Ocean reveals the mystery, majesty, danger, and-above all-the importance of our ocean.

Author Notes

The National Geographic Kid is curious about the world around them, empowered in the face of challenges and responsible for others and the natural world. Combining these principles with the international educational heritage of Collins, this partnership is a natural fit for books that are funny, weird, exploratory, educational and loved by children.

Reviews 2

School Library Journal Review

Gr 4--7--Earle and Phalen discuss the "blue heart of the planet" where the largest and most mysterious organisms live. The book features stunning photographs, factual information, and firsthand accounts of ocean exploration. The five chapters cover an in-depth look at the ocean, the life beneath the surface, what scientists have learned so far, threats to ocean conservation, and how we can aid the ocean's survival. The text has a narrative quality that allows the reader to learn about the ocean without feeling overwhelmed by scientific facts. Activities, a glossary, further resources, a reading list, and an index are included. While younger readers may gravitate towards the clear and colorful photography, older readers can gain information via the text and experiments, taking a little of science class home. VERDICT Fans of National Geographic's Captain Aquatica's Awesome Ocean or Simon Tyler's Adventures On Earth will like this nonfiction title about the ocean's depths.--Hilary Tufo, Columbus Metropolitan Library-Reynoldsburg, OH

Kirkus Review

A longtime oceanographer invites readers to the excitement of exploring the ocean, "the blue heart of the planet," and to help in its preservation.National Geographic Explorer Sylvia Earle first met the ocean as a toddler. She's been investigating its wonders ever since. Here, she introduces the world she loves through a series of short, extensively illustrated essays. The first three chapters take readers from the ocean's surface down through the layers that humans have regularly explored to the mostly uncharted depths. Each spread covers a single topic, with relevant, captioned photos and boxed inserts full of further interesting details. Each chapter also includes a "That's Extreme" example as well as a hands-on activity. Two spreads offer a timeline of modern ocean exploration. Earle's narrative is full of anecdotes and personal feelings; it feels like her own voice, although co-author Phelan shares title-page credit. After three chapters about ocean wonders, she turns to the causes and effects of ocean degradation (essentially, trash, overfishing, and human-caused climate change) and devotes a final full chapter to what can and is being done, with solid, workable suggestions for readers to take action. This is a model of thoughtful presentation of an uncomfortable subject, designed to attract middle-grade and middle school readers with its extremes in order to keep their attention while simultaneously helping them feel empowered to do something about the issues. A surprisingly deep and successful dive. (glossary, resources, index, photo credits) (Nonfiction. 9-14) Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.