By Peter Matthiessen
Bestselling writer Peter Matthiessen takes readers on an day trip to discover the main risky predator on Earth--the mythical nice white shark. On a trek that lasts 17 months and takes him from the Caribbean to the whaling grounds off South Africa, around the Indian Ocean to the South Australian coast, Matthiessen documents the beauties of wierd seas and landscapes and encounters with sharks and different sea existence. of images.
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Tomentosum, P. ) Identification: There are over 200 genera worldwide in this family. P. serotinum is a parasitic epiphyte with thick, succulent ovate leaves, margins entire (not toothed). It grows in many branched clusters typically 2 to 3 feet in diameter clinging to the limbs of host trees, producing white fruit (translucent berry). Habitat: P. Serotinum and P. tomentosum found growing in the wild on mesquite trees, live oaks, and other deciduous trees from Florida north to New Jersey and then west to Texas.
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