It's finally ready!
There are almost 250 new species in this edition, which brings the total to over 1500 reef inhabitants, including color varieties, growth patterns and different life stages for many of the species. The new book is now up to 416 pages including all of the different indexes.
It has been a fantastic few years of diving since the last edition, and the reef has continued to surprise me with how much there is still left to discover! Many of the new finds in this edition are either deeper or shallower species (I'm learning to appreciate the lagoons and reef crests much more) or species from further afield than my home island of Roatan. Plus a few that I've been after for years! I've kept to the same popular layout but have added new ways to search the book and more cross-references for readers to navigate around and get the most out of using it after their dives.
I've added many more sections on reef behavior and also new sections on some of the dangers Caribbean reefs are facing from increased pollution, rising sea temperatures, coral diseases, coral bleaching and overfishing. Unfortunately, any modern book on Caribbean reefs would be incomplete without this.
Follow this Blog to learn more about the reef, or start a discussion in the Comments section. Every week I'll be posting about new finds, news about Caribbean reefs and reef health, photos and info on reef inhabitants, their relationships and behaviors and more. Feel free to suggest any future Blog topics you'd like to read about.
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Mickey Charteris is an author/photographer living on Roatan. His book Caribbean Reef Life first came out in 2012 and is currrently into it's fifth printing as an expanded third edition.