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Sharks of Sri Lanka's Amazing Maritime
The Sharks of Sri Lanka

Book | Sep 2015 | ISBN 978-955-8576-35-9

216 pages, hardback, 23.9 cm (9.4") by 31.2 cm (12.3").


Rex I. De Silva (Author), Jayantha Jinasena (Illustrator)


Sri Lanka boasts of 61 species of sharks in its seas. The Sharks of Sri Lanka is the first  publication to deal comprehensively with this group of fascinating and amazing creatures. This book is written by Rex I. De Silva, a diver and biologist whose expertise results from his close association with the Ocean and its inhabitants, including sharks, over a period of six decades. The book is written for the biologist, naturalist and interested layperson and is replete with precise, concise, authentic and up-to-date information on the Island’s shark fauna and it is illustrated with great detail. A prior knowledge of sharks is neither assumed nor required.

The Mammals of Sri Lanka

Book | Dec 2013 | ISBN 978-955-8576-32-8

1012 pages, hardback, 21.9 cm (8.6") by 28.7 cm (11.3"), colour & b/w photos, colour & b/w illustrations, colour maps, 5 Kg


Asoka Yapa (Author), Gamini Ratnavira (Illustrator), Rohan Pethiyagoda (Foreword By)


The Mammals of Sri Lanka is the first comprehensive treatment of the subject in eighty years. Although the book is intended for the wildlife enthusiast and observer, it will be of value to students and professional zoologists. The Mammals of Sri Lanka summarizes information currently available on both terrestrial and marine mammals that occur in and around Sri Lanka. Richly illustrated, it carries a coloured portrait of almost every species.

Marine Mammals of Sri Lanka's Amazing Maritime
Out of the Blue Book Howard Martenstyn
Out of the Blue: A guide to the Marine Mammals of Sri Lanka, Southern India and the Maldives

Book | Nov 2013 | ISBN 978-955-54534-0-0

272 pages, paperback, 26 cm by 28 cm, 1.5 Kg.


​Howard Martenstyn (Author), Dr. Hiran Jayewardene (Foreword by), Richard Simon (Editor)


Out of the Blue is the most comprehensive treatment of marine mammals and their environment in the northern region of the Indian Ocean. It features well over 300 high quality colour photographs as well as close to 200 illustrations and maps. Highly informative and well laid out.

Coral Reefs of Sri Lanka's Amazing Maritime
Coral Reefs of Sri Lanka

Book | 2011 | ISBN 978-955-0093-04-5

200 pages, hardback, 29.7 cm (11.7") by 22.5 cm (8.9"), colour, 1.1 Kg


Nishan Perera (Author), The National Trust Sri Lanka (Publisher)


This book provides an introduction to the coral and rocky reefs around Sri Lanka, with descriptions of different reef types and distribution in Sri Lanka, and information on basic reef ecology. It also provides information on animal behavior, marine conservation and other interesting aspects of the marine environment. The text is illustrated throughout with color photographs taken underwater in Sri Lanka. The book also brings to light the threats faced by these fragile ecosystems and highlights the need to conserve and manage what is an important part of Sri Lankas natural heritage.

Maritime Heritage of Sri Lanka's Amazing Maritime
Maritime Heritage of Lanka: Ancient Ports and Harbours

Book | Dec 2013 | ISBN 978-955-0093-07-6

200 pages, hardback, 29.0 cm (11.4") by 22.5 cm (8.9"), colour, 1.3 Kg


Nimal De Silva et al. (Authors), Sarala Fernando (Editor), The National Trust Sri Lanka (Publisher)


This publication is a collection of articles by several authors drawn from the perspectives of archeology, history, geography, biology and science, archival material combining with stunning photographs of the island today.

Guide to Birds of Sri Lanka Sarath Kotagama
An Illustrated Guide to the Birds of Sri Lanka

Book | Apr 2010 | ISBN 978-955-8576-26-7

372 pages, hardback, 13.8 cm (5.4") by 21.5 cm (8.5"), 52 Colour Plates, 492 Colour Distribution Maps, 1 Kg


Sarath Kotagama & Gamini Ratnavira (Authors), Field Ornithology Group of Sri Lanka (Publisher)


This book is a comprehensive handbook describing the birds one can observe in this country. The guide goes beyond identification tips of the birds, including information such as the habitat the bird lives in, its behaviour, breeding, threatened status etc. Each bird's distribution is clearly marked on a coloured map including the global distribution of those migrating to Sri Lanka. With over 356 pages, 52 colour plates and the description of 492 species, the book is truly a condensed summary of the birds of Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka Marine Mammal Records Howard Martenstyn
Sri Lanka Marine Mammal Records 2013

Book | Dec 2013 | ISBN 978-955-9138-00-6

140 pages, paperback, spiral bound, A4, 67 tables, 39 figures


Howard Martenstyn (Compiled By). Centre for Research on Indian Ocean Marine Mammals (Publisher)


A compilation of over 3,700 historical and contemporary records relating to marine mammal observation and occurrence in Sri Lankan and adjacent waters. Intended for students, researchers and cetologists, but will be of value to the wildlife enthusiasts and tour operators.

Marine Mammal Field Guide Sri Lanka Howard Martenstyn
Marine Mammals of Sri Lanka:
Field Guide for Identification

Book | Dec 2013 | ISBN 978-955-54534-1-7

38 pages, A5, laminated spiral bound (waterproof), 200 gms


Howard Martenstyn (Author)


An essential field guide for identifying marine mammals at sea in the north Indian Ocean region. Thirty species are illustrated to depict markings along with key characteristics and diagnostic information that will enable any observer to quickly separate and identify each species at sea.

Guide to Mammals of Sri Lanka Sarath Kotagama
Pictorial Pocket Guide to the Mammals of Sri Lanka

Book | Dec 2013 | ISBN 978-955-8576-34-2

154 pages, 11.5 cm (4.5") by 19 cm (7.5"), colour & b/w illustrations, paperback


Sarath Kotagama & Sampath de A. Goonatilake (Author), Gamini Ratnavira (Illustrator)


The text and taxonomy of the Pictorial Pocket Guide to the Mammals of Sri Lanka - terrestrial and marine is based on the new publication on Mammals by Asoka Yapa and Gamini Ratnavira (The Mammals of Sri Lanka, 2013). This guide has been revised and expanded from the earlier publication (Pictorial Pocket Guide 3 - Mammals in Sri Lanka, 2004).

Reef Fishes of Sri Lanka Book Arjan Rajasuriya
Field Guide to Reef Fishes of Sri Lanka:
Volume 1

Books | 2013 | ISBN 978-955-0205-25-7

104 pages, paperback


Arjan Rajasuriya (Author), Shantha Jayaweera (Illustrator), IUCN Sri Lanka (Publisher)


Using his marine experience of nearly four decades, the author has provided accurate descriptions of selected reef fishes, with precise illustrations by Shantha Jayaweera. This book long fills a gap, as country-specific field guides for Sri Lanka have not been readily available for marine enthusiasts to learn about reef fishes in its waters. 

Reef Fishes of Sri Lanka Book Arjan Rajasuriya
Field Guide to Reef Fishes of Sri Lanka:
Volume 2

Books | 2013 | ISBN 978-955-0205-27-1

101 pages, paperback


Arjan Rajasuriya (Author), Shantha Jayaweera (Illustrator), IUCN Sri Lanka (Publisher)


The hope is that this field guide, along with its companion, volume 1, will be useful resources for snorkelers, divers, and all those interested in marine life in expanding their knowledge on identification of species found in the reef habitats of Sri Lanka.

Blue whale painting
Blue Whales


91 cm (36") by 61 cm (24"). Acrylic paint on canvas


Wijeyesiri Matugama (Artist)

Sperm whale painting
Sperm Whales


84 cm (33") by 61 cm (24"). Acrylic paint on canvas


Wijeyesiri Matugama (Artist)

Sri Lanka Marine Mammal postage stamps
Marine Mammals of Sri Lanka

Postage Stamps


1983: 0.50 - Bottlenose dolphin, 2.00 - Dugong, 2.50 - Humpback whale, 10.00 Sperm whale

Mint Never Hinged (NH) condition

Marine Mammals of Sri Lanka poster
Marine Mammals of Sri Lanka



43 cm (17") by 89 cm (35"). Printed on 150 gsm matt art paper

The poster depicts thirty unrivalled marine mammal paintings by renowned Sri Lankan artists.