Hardcover, published Oct. 2022 (US, Canada, UK, Europe, World), 176 pages, 10 inches (25.4 cm) square, 160+ photos, references, glossary, index. Join the greatest migration on Earth, occurring all over the global ocean. Meet these tiny, magnificent wonders and terrors of the sea that rise up from the depths every night. Meet the divers, photographers and scientists and read their stories. With rare, state-of-the-art macrophotography and insightful tales of the creatures and the scientists and photographers who are discovering these new life forms. Adult nonfiction but suitable for all ages. Awarded May 2023: Best Nonfiction Book of 2022—Young Adult/Children, American Society of Journalists & Authors—ASJA, New York

Strange Sea Creatures

Hardcover, Nov. 2020 (US, Canada, UK, Europe, World), 112 pages, 90+ photos, index. All new undersea stories from the “Creatures” series of books by Erich Hoyt. Beautifully designed award-winning gift book for all ages “celebrating the ocean’s wonders… show-casing the mesmerising range of life far beneath the waves.”—BBC Wildlife

Orca: The Whale Called Killer

Expanded new edition, Sept. 2019 (31 Oct. in UK, Europe). Paperback, 320 pages + 32 pages color signatures, 100+ pages of new text, photos, illustrations & maps. “Superb…one of the best nature books of the year”—Publishers Weekly

Creatures of the Deep

Softcover, 3rd edition, 2021. 288 pages. 135 photos and illustrations. Dive to the bottom to the bottom of the sea, walk along the world’s longest mountain range and get face to face with new species being discovered in the deep. “Outstanding Book of the Year”, American Society of Journalists & Authors, New York

Encyclopedia of Whales, Dolphins and Porpoises

Hardcover, gift book for all ages, 400 state of the art photos & illustrations, 300 pages, Dec. 2017. Softcover, 2nd edition, 2023. Multi award winning: “One of the best reference titles of the year… immerses readers in the world of these marine mammals. An excellent balance of scientific study combined with a deep concern for conservation and habitat preservation.” — Library Journal

Marine Protected Areas for Whales, Dolphins and Porpoises

Paperback, 2nd edition, 2011. 477 pages. Fully revised, 20 colour plates, 100+ maps, figures, tables & boxes, 10 case studies, bibliog., index, 8 3/4 x 11 inches. Taylor & Francis/Routledge and Earthscan, London & New York. “This extraordinary volume continues to be the ‘bible’ of cetacean habitat conservation efforts.” — Marine Ecology

Weird Sea Creatures

Hardcover/ paperback, 2013, reprint 2019. For ages 10 to adult, good intro for adults. 64 pages, 50 colour photographs, 9 x 9 inches. Firefly Books, US, UK and Canada. An illustrated look at the weird and wonderful creatures that live in some of the deepest parts of the sea. “Eerie, riveting eye candy for budding biologists and casual browsers alike.” — Kirkus Reviews

Whale Rescue

Hardcover/ paperback for ages 10 to adult, good intro for adults. 64 pages, 9 x 9 inches. Firefly Books, US, UK and Canada. “We all need heroes…A rewarding, inspiring look at…whales and dolphins and people who have committed their lives to finding scientific solutions.” — William Rossiter, Cetacean Society International

The Earth Dwellers

Hardcover, Simon & Schuster, New York; paperback, Touchstone. 320 pages, 6 x 9 inches. “Intriguing… enthralling… The ant’s eye view of life works spectacularly… a few of the ants Mr. Hoyt describes are even as likeable as the people.” — The New York Times 

Insect Lives

Hardcover Wiley, New York; paperback, Harvard University Press. 360 pages, 6 x 9 inches. “Erich Hoyt and Ted Schultz share their magnificent obsession in Insect Lives…a tour de force of popularization. An excellent, illuminating compendium.”—New Scientist

Seasons of the Whale

Hardcover, paperback, e-book, latest edition 2013. 128 pages. “Nature writing at its best.” — Helen Johnston, author, editor. “An enthralling story… authoritative, interesting and exciting.  Read this book and be astonished.” — Science Books & Films, AAAS

Book List by Category

Narrative nonfiction (author)

Orca: The Whale Called Killer (Five editions: Dutton, New York; Hale, London; Firefly, Toronto; Dobutsu Sha, Tokyo; Kindle eBook, ePub edition; Firefly, 5th expanded edition, 9/2019)

The Earth Dwellers (Six editions: Simon & Schuster, New York; Touchstone, New York; Kagaku Asahi, Tokyo; Hainan, China; Mainstream, UK)

Large format illustrated narrative nonfiction (author)

Seasons of the Whale (Eight editions: Chelsea Green, US; Nimbus, Canada; Mainstream, Edinburgh & London; Marcel Broquet, Montreal & Paris; HSI, Washington, DC; WDCS, UK; Nature Editions, UK, e-book)

Creatures of the Deep (Three editions: Firefly, Toronto, New York, 2001, 2014, 2021)

Encyclopedia of Whales, Dolphins and Porpoises (Hardcover edition: Firefly, Toronto, New York, 2017; Softcover 2nd edition update, 2023)

Large format illustrated nonfiction (with co-authors as noted)

Planktonia (Hardcover edition: Firefly, Toronto, New York, 2022)

Strange Sea Creatures (Hardcover edition: Firefly, Toronto, New York, 2020)

Whales, Dolphins & Porpoises (with Mark Carwardine, Ewan Fordyce and Peter Gill) (Nineteen editions: Harper-Collins, London; Time-Life/Discovery Channel, New York; Fog City Press, San Francisco; Könemann, Germany, France and Netherlands; Planeta, others)

Sharks & Whales (with Leighton Taylor and Mark Carwardine)  (Fog City Press, San Francisco; other editions)

Anthologies (as editor and co-author)

Insect Lives (with Ted Schultz) (Five editions: Wiley, New York; Harvard University Press, Cambridge; Mainstream, Edinburgh & London; Amazon Kindle edition)

Academic books (with co-authors as noted)

Marine Protected Areas for Whales, Dolphins and Porpoises (Earthscan, Taylor & Francis, London and New York) (First edition, 2005; Second, completely revised edition, 2011)

Humpback Whales of Russian Far East Seas. Photo-ID Catalog 2004-2014. (with Alexander Burdin and Olga Titova) (Russian Geographical Society, Moscow, Russia)

The Killer Whales of Eastern Kamchatka (with Alexander Burdin, Olga Filatova and Hal Sato) (Alaska SeaLife Centre, USA)

Marine Mammals of Russia (with Alexander Burdin and Olga Filatova) (Kirov, Russia)

The Performing Orca (WDCS, UK)

Conserving the Wild Relatives of Crops (Six editions: Addison-Wesley, Boston & México DF; WWF-IUCN-IPGRI, Geneva and Rome; BRG, Paris; IBAMA, Brasilia;  and others)

Children’s nonfiction (author)

Weird Sea Creatures (Firefly, Toronto, New York)

Whale Rescue (Firefly, Toronto, New York)

Meeting the Whales (Camden House, Firefly, Toronto, New York)

Riding with the Dolphins (Camden House, Firefly, Toronto, New York)

Extinction A-Z (Enslow, NJ)

Guide books (author)

The Whale Watcher’s Handbook (Six editions: Doubleday, New York; Penguin, Toronto, London; Stein, Germany)

The Whales of Canada (Camden House, Firefly, Toronto, New York)

e-books (author, editor)

Whale Watching Blueprint I (Nature Editions, UK)

Insect Lives (Wiley, New York)

Marine Protected Areas for Whales, Dolphins and Porpoises (Earthscan, Taylor & Francis, New York & London)

Orca: The Whale Called Killer (Firefly, Toronto, New York)

Creatures of the Deep (Firefly, Toronto, New York)

Seasons of the Whale (Nature Editions, UK)

Chapters in books (author, partial list)

Whales and Dolphins: Cognition, Culture, Conservation and Human Perceptions (P. Brakes and M.P. Simmonds, editors; Earthscan/ Taylor & Francis, London and New York)

Sharks. Conservation, Governance and Management (Techera, E.J. and N. Klein, eds.), Routledge, New York and Oxford

Whale-watching. Sustainable Tourism and Ecological Management (Higham, J., Bejder, L. and R. Williams, eds.), Cambridge University Press, Cambridge 

Encyclopedia of Marine Mammals, 3rd edition (Würsig et al, editors, Academic Press, San Diego) — 2 articles 

Encyclopedia of Marine Mammals, 2nd edition (Perrin et al, editors, Academic Press, San Diego) — 2 articles

Between Species: Celebrating the Dolphin-Human Bond (T. Frohoff and B. Peterson, editors; Sierra Club Books)

Down to Earth (Michael Rosen, Editor; Harcourt Brace, San Diego, New York)

Ecotourism: Focus on Wildlife and Local Communities (Icfai University Press, Hyderabad, India)

Encyclopedia of the Biosphere: A Guide to the World’s Ecosystems (Gale + Spanish and Catalan editions) — 5 sections

Political Life in Canada (Prentice-Hall, Toronto)

Caribbean Islands Handbook 

Mexico Handbook

Greenpeace Book of Dolphins 

Tools of the Writer’s Trade (ASJA, Harper Collins, New York)

Where to buy my books

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