After reading and enjoying this forum for a couple of months, I thought it high time to introduce myself! I live in England and grew up in the fishing ports of Folkestone and Dover on the south coast, which is where I guess my fascination for the sea and its denizens developed, as I could see the sea from my bedroom window and spent many happy hours exploring rockpools with my grandad on the shoreline. I'm particularly fascinated by the deep sea and the strange beasties that lurk there...the mystery of the unknown, I guess. I've bought many books on the sea over the years, as I love reading about it, and some of my favourites are: The Search For The Giant Squid - Richard Ellis. A very well-written, engaging book Deep Atlantic - Richard Ellis. Probably my favourite book on the deep sea! Mapping The Deep - Robert Kunzig. An award-winning book covering the whole of oceanography from the tips of the waves to the floor of the sea. Beautifully written, particularly the poignant chapter "Twilight Of The Cod" The World of the Ocean Depths - Richard Silverberg. An older book (from 1970) that I picked up for £3, ex-libris, in a book sale. Although it's old, it's still excellent and I highly recommend it to anyone who's interested in deep sea life. Try http://www.abebooks.com for an excellent second hand book search engine Deep Ocean Journeys - Cindy Lee Van Dover. Written by the first female pilot of the famous Alvin submersible. Deep Ocean - Tony Rice. Aimed more at the younger reader but full of excellent photos of deep sea life, including a small section on "monsters of the deep" Seven Miles Down - Auguste Piccard and Robert Dietz. This is an account of the building of the Trieste bathscaphe that descended to the bottom of the Marianas trench. The above has got me thinking - I did a quick search through the forums but couldn't find any threads relating specifically to book lists, i.e. forum member's recommendations for good reading material (apart from a number of direct queries along the lines of "what would be a good book to read if I want to learn about squid" etc.). How about making this the starting point for a book list? Maybe other forum members would like to post their recommendations of good books on cephs, deep sea life and maybe broad oceanography titles that would be of interest to others... Anyway, that's all for now - thanks for having me, and I look forward to contributing to the forums where possible!