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I hate the Fear books... you know, the disaster books about how to die at sea. I don't read them, I throw them overboard and stick to stuff that is going to make my voyages more fun :)

Anyway, theres a new book that will be great on board!!!!!!!!!!

Sea birds can be very difficult to identify - unless they land on the boat. This book has over 2,000 photos including multiple identification shots of each bird, many shot in different sun or cloud conditions. Also maps of where and *when* you'll see them.

Theres a lot of birds I know, but many I just give a nickname to: The "Hello Bird" because they fly up from astern and when abeam the cockpit the turn their head and give you a very good inspection, they're saying hello :)
Also ones I know, like St Peters Petral I dont know why they try and stand on the water with their feet... I will soon :)

Ive attached some photos below. Theres an indepth review on this site: Oceanic Birds of The World: A Photo Guide-A Book Review - 10,000 Birds
 

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Is there a section for the best tasting ones?
 
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I had two small books on board since I got the boat... Birds and Fish...
Any good fish ID books with pictures, what is eatable, such as reef, deep sea, and where they are expected to be?
I have no idea on what could be fished and safely eaten.
 

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Any good fish ID books with pictures, what is eatable, such as reef, deep sea, and where they are expected to be?
I have no idea on what could be fished and safely eaten.
Basically, you'd need a book too heavy to carry if it had what fish could be safely eaten where.
I got ciguatera poisoning on my first island in the SoPac in 1972 and have been studying it ever since. I would recommend you do not eat any reef fish without discussing it with a local first. Barracuda are almost always off limits, period! I'm not even going to mention the few places they are safe as it is best to just not eat it.
Pelagic fish like Dolphin (Dorado/Mahi Mahi), tuna, Wahoo, billfish and small mackerel are almost always safe, though the mercury in these fish seems to be increasing enough that some recommend one shouldn't have more than a couple of meals a week.
Any overly large fish should be considered suspect. Small sharks should be safe to eat almost anywhere, though again, and I can't stress this enough, check with the locals before eating any fish caught close to shore or on a reef.
 

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Any good fish ID books with pictures, what is eatable, such as reef, deep sea, and where they are expected to be?
I have no idea on what could be fished and safely eaten.
I don't know about books, but I know there is an app for it.
 

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Any good fish ID books with pictures, what is eatable, such as reef, deep sea, and where they are expected to be?
I have no idea on what could be fished and safely eaten.
That would be a great book to have!!

Attached is the book I have but its definitely not the one you want. Its for scuba diver and snorklers in the tropics and has 2,000 different species of fish.

So if someone knows a book Im sure we'd all love it.


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Nothing beats the Travis McGee series by John D. MacDonald for a good old read while sailing. Try to pick up all 21.
 
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