Reading Sherman Bleakney's book

January 21, 2002
From: Nishina Masayoshi

Dear Bill,
I have recently started to reading a book Sea Slugs of Atlantic Canada and the Gulf of Maine by J. Sherman Bleakney. I was a little disappointed when I took this book in my hand first because there is no color photo.

This little cheap book is almost a kind of unknown book among Japanese sea slug enthusiasts because of no photo. However when once I started to read this, I noticed that this book include excellent information on sea slugs and the history that I did not know.

When I first started to post my messages to your forum, I thought that the study of these animals was already well established. So I was surprised each time you said "we know little about this species..." But now I know why you say so. From this book. I couldn't imagine that the classified study of the sea slug is in so much confusion. And I now know that as a diver I will be able to make worthwhile contributions to this study.

Unfortunately, it is bit hard to read this book. Maybe it is OK for English speaking people. Maybe J. Sherman Bleakney tried to make the text and description easier for non scientist, but the colloquial style text is rather say difficult to understand for me. However, again, this is a wonderful book no matter how difficult it is to read and understand. I would like to complete reading this book.

Best Regards,
Nishina Masayoshi

Masayoshi, N., 2002 (Jan 21) Reading Sherman Bleakney's book . [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from

Dear Nishina,
As you will see in HREF="brbleak1.htm">my review of this book, I fully support your comments. I am surprised it not more widely known as it is full of interesting information. I am glad you found it so interesting and I am pleased that it made you realise how valuable your observations are to increasing out knowledge of these fascinating animals.
Best wishes,
Bill Rudman

Rudman, W B., 2002 (Jan 21). Comment on Reading Sherman Bleakney's book by Nishina Masayoshi. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from

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