Feaux•Afield Guides: Natural History in the Making
Based on 22 years at sea exploring the Arctic circle under the tutelage of a veteran Eskimo tracker, Marine Mammal Tracks and Scats: A Field Guide to North American Species marks Dr. Ostermund I. Fuhl’s premier debut into the field of thalassohodoscatology – tracking marine mammals across the open ocean. Already heralded as a classic, this first-of-its-kind field guide will appeal to oceanographers, marine mammalogists, and sea-faring tradesman alike.
Fuhl’s guide begins with a retrospective essay (“Fuhl’s Gold: The Poop Prospector”) in which he describes his long years at sea before discovering the “E³ half-life” – Fuhl’s epiphanous ephemerality equivalence equation – the key to determining a marine mammal species’ poop-permanence, or how long sign like tracks and scats persist in a fluid dynamic system like the open ocean. In the next three chapters (The Physical Properties of Marine Sign; Dissemination, Decomposition, & Dissipation; Principles of Thermohaline Circulation), Fuhl outlines the framework of thalassohodoscatology, looking at the physics of seaborne sign propagation and permanence. The second half of the guide provides natural history accounts for all North American marine mammal species, includes diagnostic illustrations of wake-types and blow-hole discharges, and features full-color poop plates depicting typical (and atypical) fecal samples labeled with their respective permanence E³ half-life.
“This #2 field guide is #1!” – Ivanovich Piers, author of Roadside Botany of the Arctic Circle: The Unparalleled Plant-Life North of the 66.5622th Parallel
“A field guide to top all field guides. This has the makings of a classic…” – Russian Journal of Thalassohodoscatology
“At long last, a field guide has come along that plumbs the steaming underbelly of Neptune’s Kingdom, the murky depths of which neither The Island of the Blue Dolphin nor Free Willy dared tread.” – Matthew Bettelheim, www.bioaccumulation.wordpress.com