Caribbean seashores offer that magic mixture of sun, sand and sparkling sea. To stroll along the beach at sunset with the promise of a rum punch and perhaps a dinner of flying fish to follow does much to calm the agitation of twenty-first century living. But for many beach strollers, swimming and sunbathing, although restful, are not enough. Most guides to Caribbean marine life are intended for divers and snorkellers. Those who are interested in the living world of the sea but do not take to the water in either of these ways are not well catered for. This, however, is a book designed for those who confine their seashore interests (more or less) to dry land. It is hoped that divers and snorkellers (who can't spend all day in the water) will be occasionally persuaded to turn their attention to beaches. They will find objects of beauty and fascination which they may have previously neglected in favour of sub-aquatic life.
Alick and Sarah Jones both gained degrees from Bristol University (UK), Alick in Zoology and Sarah in Botany. Alick has held a range of academic posts in England, the USA and the West Indies including Professor of Biology at UWI (Cave Hill). Sarah spent most of her professional career as an information scientist in the biomedical field. Since retiring from full-time work they have travelled widely working as freelance biologists. They live (most of the time) in the UK.