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Summary

Kids love the ocean - it’s mysterious and unknown, home to monsters of the imagination and some of the most fascinating life forms on the planet.

But while many grown-ups might love being by or on the sea, how much do we actually know about the world beneath the waves?

In this follow-up to A Grown-Up Guide to Dinosaurs, evolutionary biologist, Professor Ben Garrod, takes the listener on an oceanic journey from the beginning of life on Earth to the present day, discovering what the ocean actually is and why it’s so important in the evolutionary history of life.

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Science for everyone!

If you have ever had more than a passing interest in the ocean then you will be utterly amazed by the splendour and wonder!

If that sparks an enquiry into the deeper meanings and science of the sea then this is for you.

Professor Ben Garrod explains deftly and openly the deeper science of the sea. From the sparks of life to development of mammals, he explains in a welcoming and friendly style the science of the ocean.

This is an openly accessible podcast that will interest anyone, not just academics or oceanographers but anyone who has ever dipped their toes in the shoreline and thought it wonder what’s going on out there!’

An absolute must listen!

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Nowhere near as good as the dinosaur one

The guy clearly has a wealth of knowledge but in the end it was an Attenboroughesque propaganda piece for the anthropogenic climate change natrative. It would have been good to dwell on the plastic issue where we do know it is anthropogenic and there is a political will from various countries to solve it.

If we cannot solve the ocean plastic matter then it is a waste of time even discussing the CO2 emissions issue. Please talk to us about what can be done to clean up the plastics, and don't get distracted into the mindless carbon narrative.

I am not happy that little detail was given to issues like the El Nino and the currents and how the temperatures work and how much the moon affects tides. Nobody cares about Myllothingy, it is just one phase the Chinese happen to have found, among a thousand possible, with no real bearing on the actual life today.

Why are some groups of teleosts almost exclusively riverine and have only a few marine species? With 3,500 representatives, the Siluriformes make up one in seven of vertebrates and yet there are many mysteries and unanswered questions around them. They include the only parasite on man, and two of the few species that can electrocute us to death. There are those we can eat and some so large that they could devour a child.

So please let's have a grown up guide to catfishes next time, and less about PC stuff and trying to get into the formulaic BBC mould. I know you are much cleverer than that.

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Brilliant

I have learnt so much from this plain language guide as I did from the grown up guide to dinosaurs. The experts were great and Ben is natural.

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Grown up Ocean Lessons

Really interesting hope there are more series like this. Easy to listen to, rich in facts and really personable too.

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More please

Another fantastic grown up guide series! it will leave you wanting to find out more.

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Enjoyable and educational

Excellent series - listened to it all in one sitting. Easy to understand for a lay-person without being patronising.

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fantastic

really loved this audio book. I have known for a while that fish are amazing after watching tropical fish. so sad that us humans do not appreciate the value of our oceans we really are dependent on them.

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Entertaining and informative

A great way of educating us non scientists! Makes me want to “do my bit” even more!

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Funny, interesting and easy to listen to

Brilliant series, really interesting and funny. The narration is great. I hope more are brought out.

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Well written and great information

loved it. beautifully worn written and spoken. you can see the authors love, respect and concern for the oceans. fantastic effort in the conservation effort. my favorite fun fact is about spermaceti found in the heads of sperm whales