A series of interactive books — Sharks and More Sharks, Seahorses & Pipefish and Finding Frogfish, Masters of Disguise — are now available for the iPad from the iBookstore. The books include amazing images and high-definition video providing facts and interesting stories about the animals from around the world, mixing interactive entertainment with educational materials. The touch screens and information get users up close and personal with the animals. All the exclusive footage was captured by award-winning producer, underwater photographer and educator, Annie Crawley, who also narrates the books. Users can can mirror their iPad to their television at home with the AppleTV or through a projector in a classroom.
In Sharks and More Sharks, learn about how sharks move, why they school, and other fascinating facts about whale sharks, scalloped hammerheads, and diving the Blue Corner in Palau. The book also explains what scientists learn when they tag sharks.
“I have dived and documented sharks around the world from Palau to Indonesia, Galapagos to Guadalupe Island off the coast of Mexico. This interactive book is filled with shark species from my expeditions around the world,” says Annie.
Seahorses & Pipefish explores this amazing family of fishes. Users interact with pygmy seahorses, ornate ghost pipefish, leafy sea dragons, and more as they learn fascinating facts. For example, did you know male seahorses get pregnant?
"Some of the seahorses in this book are smaller than your baby fingernails," says Annie. "These animals are poor swimmers, but masters of disguise. The greatest challenge to filming these creatures is first finding them on the reef!”
In _Finding Frogfish, Masters of Disguise _users can see frogfish move, hunt, feed and lay eggs. Users discover how these fish “fish” for their meals with an illicium and esca that works like a fishing pole.
“I studied frogfish for months when I lived in Indonesia," Annie says. "I would dive the same dive site night after night trying to capture both feeding, mating, and frogfish laying eggs. Frogfish are one of my favorite family of fishes and they always surprise me.”
The underwater scenes in the books are from Annie’s expeditions in Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Belize, Galapagos, California, Australia, and more.
Annie Crawley, CEO of Dive Into Your Imagination, has spent the past 20 years living and working around the world. As a producer, photographer and motivational speaker, Annie photographs and produces programs about life on our planet, specializing in the oceans. Her recent work includes books, educator guides, DVDs, films, cartoon characters from the _Adventures of Ocean Annie series, and is releasing another series of shark programs. She is a member of the Women Divers Hall of Fame._