By John Waldman. 2002 THE DANCE OF THE FLYING GURNARDS is a unique and informative guide that is perfect for anyone who loves the coast and wants to know more about America’s coastal curiosities and beachside wonders. Beachgoers, boaters, anglers, and waterfront residents and vacationers are introduced to the natural charms and menaces of the three North American coastlines. Basic and surprising marine phenomena and nature spectacles are described, celebrating what is observable by people who watch, touch, or float upon the sea. All topics are described in lay terms and are rich with lore, science, and literary whimsy.