Eye of the Albatross

Visions of Hope and Survival

Carl Safina

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“One of the most delightful natural history studies in decades.” —The Boston Globe

Eye of the Albatross takes us soaring to locales where whales, sea turtles, penguins, and shearwaters flourish in their own quotidian rhythms. Carl Safina’s guide and inspiration is an albatross he calls Amelia, whose life and far-flung flights he describes in fascinating detail. Interwoven with recollections of whalers and famous explorers, Eye of the Albatross probes the unmistakable environmental impact of the encounters between man and marine life. Safina’s perceptive and authoritative portrait results in a transforming ride to the ends of the Earth for the reader, as well as an eye-opening look at the health of our oceans.

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Eye of the Albatross
 
 
PRELUDEWHEN THE WIND DROPS in late afternoon, Amelia, already hundreds of miles from land, rises on her own power, flapping more than she'd prefer. With her breast muscles pulling on the long bones of her wings, those wings biting like propellers to pull her through the air, she is using up more of the energy she's here to replenish. After rising on a small gust of breeze, Amelia lets gravity take over the work again, gliding downward and forward like a wind-driven snowflake. When her flight line dips, her wing tip traces a thin line on the sea, leaving

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“Safina delivers a message full of wonder at the natural world and concern about the fragility of his subject . . . He cannot contain his delight in birds, fish, and the profusion of life on the islands he visits.” —The New York Times Book Review

“A beautiful, awe-inspiring tableau of our world as you’ve never seen it . . . a moving depiction of how interconnected life on this planet truly is.” —The Christian Science Monitor

“Thought-provoking, witty and beautifully written . . . This is an honest first-person account of field biology in action.” —American Scientist

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Carl Safina

Carl Safina, author of The View from Lazy Point: A Natural Year in an Unnatural World, Voyage of the Turtle: In Pursuit of the Earth's Last Dinosaur, Eye of the Albatross: Visions of Hope and Survival, Song for the Blue Ocean: Encounters Along the World's Coasts and Beneath the Seas, and founder of the Blue Ocean Institute, was named by the Audubon Society one of the leading conservationists of the twentieth century. He's been profiled by The New York Times, and PBS's Bill Moyers. His books and articles have won him a Pew Fellowship, Guggenheim Award, Lannan Literary Award, John Burroughs Medal, and a MacArthur Prize. He lives in Amagansett, New York.

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Eye of the Albatross
Visions of Hope and Survival
Carl Safina

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John Burroughs Medal for Outstanding Natural History Writing - Winner

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Henry Holt and Co.
A John Macrae/Holt Paperbacks Book
April 2003
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780805062298
ISBN10: 0805062297
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 400 pages, Includes fifteen black-and-white illustrations and thirteen maps
$18.99

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Henry Holt and Co.
A John Macrae Book
April 2003
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429984232
ISBN10: 1429984236
400 pages
$9.99
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