At low tide, the Yealm Estuary where the author lives, appears to be lifeless, seaweed-strewn mud. ln fact this mud provides a vital habitat for a rich variety of sea creatures and birds. The outgoing tide uncovers rock pools and reveals seagrass beds which act as nursery grounds for the young of numerous species of marine life. The wider sea contains different kinds of fish and crustaceans on which we rely tor healthy fish oils and protein, and also adds variety to our diet. This underwater world is hidden from most of us, and the loss of the diversity of life can go by unnoticed
This book reveals the astonishing range and beauty of the colours, patterns and form of just a fraction of the exquisite animals living their lives alongside us. The author hopes her text will motivate you to find out more about marine life. She also hopes that her illustrations encourage you to have a go at drawing, and in so doing provide the opportunity to slow down and take the time to really look, observe and draw from nature.