And the deeper you go, the weirder they get.

That’s the premise of “Ocean Monsters,” a children’s book penned by College of the Atlantic alumna Chelsea Mooser and her partner Nick Confalone, which will be featured at a book signing Thursday, July 3 at the Dorr Museum of Natural History.

COA alumna Chelsea Mooser and her partner Nick

The nonfiction book about “weird animals in the ocean” — released in October 2013 by Penguin Young Readers — is for youngsters at Reading Level 8-9. The authors said they wanted to offer the book to an audience of young readers naturally attracted to sea life and aquatic adventure.

In “Ocean Monsters,” youngsters can learn about Earth’s weirdest creatures: the giant squid, the torpedo ray, the vampire squid, the electric stargazer and more.

“Warning,” the authors said. “Do not read if you are scared of fish guts!”

The event is 10:30 a.m. Thursday, July 3 at the College of the Atlantic Dorr Museum of Natural History.

College of the Atlantic was founded in 1969 on the premise that education should go beyond understanding the world as it is, to enabling students to actively shape its future. A leader in experiential education and environmental stewardship, COA has pioneered a distinctive interdisciplinary approach to learning—human ecology—that develops the kinds of creative thinkers and doers needed by all sectors of society in addressing the compelling and growing needs of our world. For more, visit


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