Hoyt culled the images from a variety of sources, including relationships he formed as a whale researcher with scientists from Russia, Canada, the U.S. and other countries. The book reads like the log of a deep-sea dives and is divided into four sections. Part One takes us through the ocean's various layers - sunlight disappears, pressure increases, and sea life gets stranger. "Along the way, we meet some amazing species and see how they live and communicate with each other, how they manage to survive in the black," Hoyt said.
Part two explores marine life from plankton to the largest marine predators: whales and sharks. Many of them are simply bizarre. "I like to play with our perception of what is or is not a monster," Hoyt said. "Some of the tiny copepods (tiny crustaceans) are pretty ferocious, while a lot of the behavior of the few dangerous sharks and killer whales can be put into perspective. Sharks kill roughly five people a year and people kill on average 38 million sharks per year."
(Photo: Tatiana Ivkovich, Far East Russia Orca Project, from Creatures of the Deep, Firefly Books)