Gasping Fish and Panting Squids book cover in Chinese

Daniel Pauly’s book on how fish breathe and grow translated into Chinese

Gasping Fish and Panting Squids book cover in Chinese

A Chinese version of Gasping Fish and Panting Squids: Oxygen, Temperature and the Growth of Water-Breathing Animals, the book where Dr. Daniel Pauly develops his Gill-Oxygen Limitation Theory (GOLT), is now available to readers worldwide.

This Chinese version is based on the second edition of the book, in which the Sea Around Us principal investigator strengthens the arguments that back the GOLT by incorporating new evidence that leads to a widening of the applicability of his theory. From tiny gobies to large cod, he explains how the distribution and growth of water-breathing animals are largely determined by the difficulties of getting oxygen out of the water surrounding them.

“What happens is that the surface area of the gills — where oxygen is obtained — is two-dimensional and does not grow at the same pace as the rest of the body, which is three-dimensional,” Pauly explained. “As fish grow into adulthood their demand for oxygen increases because their body mass becomes larger but since the gills are not growing at the same pace, there is a point where they cannot supply enough oxygen for further growth. This constraint influences many processes in fish, from reproduction to how they react to warming waters due to climate change.”

The 193-page book was translated and updated by Dr. Jianguo Du, a researcher at the Third Institute of Oceanography in the Ministry of Natural Resources, Xiamen, and was published by China Ocean Press. It is available on the link

Here’s a summary, in Chinese, of the content of the book.


The English version of the second edition of Gasping Fish and Panting Squids is available on the Natural History Book Service website