Into the Sea Age?

THE SILENT WORLD (266 pp.) — Captain J. Y. Cousteau — Harper ($4).

When the French Poet Gérard de Nerval was asked why he walked a lobster on a leash down a Paris boulevard one day in the 1840s, he replied: "He knows the secrets of the sea." Until very modern times, most of the sea's secrets have been known only to the sea's inhabitants, and they never tell. In the last two decades, however, a new species has joined the finny tribe: the men-fish, who, with flippers on their feet...

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