Ocean Animals

The Weirdest, Smartest and Sneakiest Sea Creatures

Blake Chapman
Illustrated by Astred Hicks
September 2020
More details
  • Publisher
    CSIRO Publishing
  • Published
    24th September 2020
  • ISBN 9781486311415
  • Language English
  • Pages 144 pp.
  • Size 8" x 9"
  • Images 94 color photos, 14 color illus

Dive into the incredible world of ocean animals!

Ocean animals are truly awesome. They come in every size, color and shape imaginable. They are also some of the weirdest, sneakiest and smartest animals on the planet!

This book focuses on the features and skills that make these creatures extra-incredible. You will discover animals that are masters of defense and others that use high speeds to eat or avoid being eaten. There are sea creatures that use their size as an advantage, both big and small, and others that are just really, really smart!

Whether you’re a fan of fish, a connoisseur of crustaceans, mad about molluscs or just love jellyfish, Ocean Animals has got you covered. You may even discover some fantastical creatures you never knew existed.

Full of fun facts, "sea-lebrity" species profiles and amazing pictures, you will also learn about issues threatening marine life and tips on how to help protect our amazing ocean environments.


  • Reveals the unique features that enable marine animals to thrive in their habitats
  • Inspires young readers to tackle the challenges of ocean pollution, biodiversity loss and climate change
  • Presents key themes and concepts from the Australian curriculum, providing a fun resource for teaching
  • Highly visual and engaging content, making learning easy and fun

1: Marvellous marine animals
2: Masters of defence
3: Oversized underwater
4: Fantastical creatures
5: The need for speed
6: Hide-and-seek
7: Go with the flow
8: Deadly animals
9: BFFs
10: Sea 'smarts'
11: Dive in and create waves of change!
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Blake Chapman

Blake Chapman has a PhD in marine science, with a focus on shark development and neuroscience. She has worked hands-on with a wide range of aquatic animals and has a passion for promoting conservation through education. Most of all, she loves all things wonderful, wacky and wild! Blake's first book, Shark Attacks: Myths, Misunderstandings and Human Fear, was published in 2017 by CSIRO Publishing. She is also the Sharks Editor-at-Large for Australian Geographic.

Astred Hicks

Astred Hicks is an award-winning book designer, illustrator, and author. Her illustrations have appeared in books shortlisted for the CBCA Book of the Year Awards, and highly commended in the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards. Astred was also the illustrator of A Hollow Is a Home and Ocean Animals.

ocean; animals; marine; conservation; ecology; habitats; fish; crustaceans; molluscs; sea creatures; biodiversity; climate change; science; nature; children's books