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Under the Eye of Neptune: an historical perspective of marine creature imagery
Reynaud, E.G. (2014). Under the Eye of Neptune: an historical perspective of marine creature imagery, in: Reynaud, E.G. (Ed.) Imaging marine life: macrophotography and microscopy approaches for marine biology. pp. 2-21. hdl.handle.net/10.1002/9783527675418.ch1
In: Reynaud, E.G. (Ed.) (2014). Imaging marine life: macrophotography and microscopy approaches for marine biology. Wiley-Blackwell: Weinheim. ISBN 978-3-527-32744-7. XXI, 253 pp., more

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Keywords
    Oceanography; Marine
Author keywords
    H.M.S. Challenger Expeditions; Aristotle myths; Animalcules

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  • Reynaud, E.G.

Abstract
    The ocean may have been filled by meteorites bringing water to Earth but its creatures were drawn by men. Sea shells were eaten in caves, dolphins drawn on cave walls. For a long time, though, its surface was the only visible thing, a glittering mirror for the human soul where Gods and Monsters fought over submerged empires, pulling down Atlantis and raising volcanic spires with thunder and smoke. Once the smoke had cleared and man learned to fish then dive, the marvels of the sea appeared and glittered even thousands of meters deep, revealing a magnificent world beyond our imagination. From the jellyfish's ballet to intricate glass houses of radiolarians, this introductory chapter presents a concise history of how man images the invisible oceanic world.

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