Into the Night: Tales of Nocturnal Wildlife Expeditions

This interesting choice of essays from expert scientists and naturalists presents an enlightening examine the lives of box biologists with a keenness for the hidden global of nocturnal flora and fauna. Into the Night explores the harrowing, attention-grabbing, a laugh, and mostly unheard own reviews of scientists prepared to forsake the security of sunlight to record the typical heritage of those uniquely tailored animals.

Contributors inform of confronting North American bears, cougars, and rattlesnakes; affliction purple ctenid spider bites within the tropical rain woodland; swimming via layers of feeding-frenzied hammerhead sharks within the Galapagos; evading the wrath of African bull elephants in South Africa; and delighting within the curious and mild nature of foxes and unconditional recognition via a relations of owls. They describe “fire within the sky” throughout a treeless tundra, a sea ablaze with bioluminescent algae, night earthquakes at the Pacific Rim, and hurricanes and erupting volcanoes on a Caribbean island.

Into the Night unearths infrequent and unforeseen insights into nocturnal box examine, illuminating reports, discoveries, and demanding situations confronted by means of intrepid biologists learning nature’s nightly marvels around the globe. This quantity might be of curiosity to scientists and common readers alike.

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