Beneath Cold Seas

The Underwater Wilderness of the Pacific Northwest

David Hall
Introduction by Sarika Cullis-Suzuki
Foreword by Christopher Newbert

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  • Published: November 2011
  • Subject Listing: Natural History, Photography
  • Bibliographic information: 160 pp., 150 color illus., 11 x 10.5 in.
  • Territorial rights: World rights except Canada
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Winner of the National Outdoor Book Award for Design and Artistic Merit

"David Hall shoots with the inquiring and exacting eye of a scientist yet the soul and vision of an artist, combining the two to produce uniquely beautiful underwater images that educate as much as they inspire." - Christopher Newbert, author of Within a Rainbowed Sea

In Beneath Cold Seas, author and photographer David Hall takes us into the underwater world of the Pacific Coast from California to Alaska, home to the most diverse and spectacular marine life of any temperate or cold-water ecosystem on the planet. From the tiny, candy-stripe shrimp, giant Pacific octopus, ghost-like hooded nudibranchs, and migrating sockeye salmon to the world’s largest sea lions, Hall’s stunning photographs and lively text reveal many fascinating species interrelationships and rarely observed animal behaviors. An innovative approach to over/underwater photography places the marine life of the Pacific Northwest in familiar context with hauntingly beautiful images that will surprise even experienced divers and delight the rest of us. An introduction by Sarika Cullis-Suzuki focuses on the conservation issues facing this rich yet vulnerable ecosystem.

David Hall is an award-winning photographer and photojournalist with an international reputation whose work has been published in magazines such as National Geographic, Smithsonian, Natural History, Time, BBC Wildlife, Geo and Terre Sauvage. He is the co-author of ten children’s books in Scholastic’s Undersea Encounters series and co-author of the scientific paper describing the famous “psychedelic frogfish,” for which he received an award from the International Institute for Species Exploration.

For more information:
Foreword, Christopher Newbert
Preface, David Hall
Introduction, Sarika Cullis-Suzuki

Photographs and Vignettes


Hooded Nudibranchs and Jellyfish

Sockeye Salmon

Steller Sea Lions

Wolf-eels and Harbor Seals

The Warbonnet and the Octopus

Notes on the Photographs
About the Photography

“David Hall’s superb images come from one of the most unlikely underwater venues, the Pacific Northwest, where the waters are frigid and often clouded with phytoplankton. . . Yet these photographs are filled with subtle coloration, and so uniquely composed that you are often left wondering how he did it.”
-Laurence A. Marschall, Natural History, November 2013

"This book is a work of art from every possible angle - from the exquisite photographs, to the book's design, to its flawless printing and production process. . . . Hall has everything right in this book. There is nothing extraneous, and nothing missing. This is a complete and moving immersion in the breathtaking underwater world of the Pacific Northwest." - National Outdoor Book Award

"One of the most impressive photography books we've seen in a long time . . ." -, August 2012

"An exuberant celebration of northwest coast marine life said to be the most diverse and spectacular of any coldwater ecosystem on the planet." - Diver, May 2012

"Rarely photographed underwater creatures can appear alien-their cloudlike, luminous bodies more heavenly than earthly. The cold, dark waters of the Pacific Northwest teem with these otherworldly animals. Renowned photograph David Hall's book documents this delicate ecosystem." - Della Watson, Sierra Magazine, May/June 2012

"The images are evocative, sensuous, tactile." - Abby Luby, Westchester Guardian, April 2012

"What's most striking about the book is the color and vibrance that photographer David Hall was able to capture. It's a bit mind-blowing to imagine that hooded nudibranches and grasping octopi found in the book live in the inky depths abutting our very own rocky shores." - Mirissa Neff, San Francisco Bay Guardian, April 2012

"Hall's writing is as eloquent as his full-color photos, with touching vignettes about his curiosity for and experiences shooting crabs, jellyfish, nudibranchs and octopi, and why he goes to such physical extremes to get these cold-water critters on camera." - Undercurrent, February 2012

"From brilliant anemones to illuminated squid to rococo sea slugs, Hall has documented an Aladdin's Cave worth of visual wonders." - Bensozia, January 2012

"David Hall is in a class of his own. . . . Like no other photography I am aware of, Hall has consistently managed to capture patterns, textures, and colors and used all of these skillfully in compositions in such a tight and controlled manner . . ." - Peter Symes, X-Ray Magazine, January 2012

"This book offers a fascinating view of the cold-water ecosystem of the Pacific Northwest and artistically illuminates the intriguing underwater world. Hall's images celebrate and explore the amazing diversity found in this valuable and vulnerable ecosystem . . ." - Jenny Montgomery, Photo Life, January 2012

"The level of consistency and standard of imagery is quite exceptional and it captures the wild spirit of this corner of the planet page after page. . . . It is difficult to imagine that there will ever be a better collection of photographs to come out of this area." - Peter Rowlands, Underwater Photography, January 2012

"Oh, what photos! . . . Hall showcases the arrays of magnificent nudibranches, intricately patterned chitons and colorful sea stars. At the other end of the spectrum, he reveals the remarkable camouflage of octopi and other creatures." - Barbara Lloyd McMichael, The Bellingham Herald, December 2011

". . . a visual delight . . ." - Janice Williams, Tri-City News, March 2012

"He depicts our underwater world in a way that will amaze scuba divers and art lovers alike." - Tracey Sherlock, Vancouver Sun, December 2011

"Using state-of-the-art equipment, innovative techniques and electronic strobes, David Hall shows up an underwater world surprising to those who think color and diversity belong to the tropics." - Marilyn Dahl, Shelf Awareness, December 2011

"Hall's images-which, at times, appear to be photographs of life on another planet-reflect not just the amazing diversity of sea life in local waters, but also the spectacular carnival of colors hidden just below the surface." - Brangien Davis, Seattle Magazine, December 2011

"You will never look at the slate-gray waters of Puget Sound with the same eyes after perusing these photos." - Mary Ann Gwinn, Seattle Times, December 2011

"A visual feast of Pacific Northwest sea life served with a science lesson on the side. Hall captures personality and emotion where you least expect it." - Brian Colella, Seattle Met, November 2011