Where the Weird Things Are

An Ocean Twilight Zone Adventure

Written By: Zoleka Filander, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Patricia Hooning
Meet Meso, an underwater explorer robot, as it’s launched into the mysterious ocean twilight zone. In the cold, dark waters, Meso will discover all sorts of unusual and wonderful creatures, and learn that we’re all weird in our own ways … and that’s a very good thing!

Where the Weird Things Are is inspired by the Mesobot project, a collaborative effort of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI), Stanford University, and the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. Mesobot uses cameras and lights to noninvasively follow ocean animals that inhabit the ocean’s depths, enabling biologists to study their behavior over extended periods for the first time ever!

FUN AND FACT-FILLED Written by award-winning deep-sea scientist Zoleka Filander and the team at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, this lovely story is packed with real information about life under the sea.

FASCINATING ANIMALS: Get an up close look at some of the strangest creatures in the sea, like the strawberry squid that glows pink, the anglerfish that has its own built-in flashlight, and the salps that clean up the ocean . . . with their poop

WEIRD IS WONDERFUL: Just like each unique animal helps create a diverse and healthy underwater environment, young readers will learn that strangeness is strength, and while everyone is different, everyone belongs

EXTENDED LEARNING: Backmatter includes an 8-page “Creature Feature” section filled with fascinating facts about the real-life Mesobot, the ocean twilight zone, and all the ocean animals encountered in the story

TAKE THE QUIZ: Includes a link to the “Find Your Weird” quiz to discover which ocean creature is as wonderfully strange as you (visit keepitweird.us)
Format: Hardbound
Publication Date: 3/21/2023
ISBN: 9781647225889
Pages: 32
Trim Size: 9.6 x 12

  • About the Author 
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Zoleka Filander, Author: Zoleka Filander is a deep-sea scientist who studies the weird and wonderful creatures living in the waters around her homeland of South Africa. Her work helped establish marine protected areas and has earned her multiple national, regional, and international awards.