Where the Weird Things Are

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!

Book Details


  • Picture book

Age Level: 

  • 5 - 8
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Join Meso, short for Mesobot, on an adventure into the Ocean Twilight Zone to meet an assortment of weird creatures. As he explores the unknown, Meso encounters some of the weirdest creatures on Earth: a sparkly squid, a flashing jellyfish, and a long chain of nectophore. Meso doesn’t seem to fit in with any of these organisms and begins to wonder who he is and where he belongs. It seems that every creature has a place but Meso.

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