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Song for the Blue Ocean

Encounters Along the World's Coasts and Beneath the Seas

Carl Safina

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A New York Times Notable Book
A Los Angeles Times Best Nonfiction Selection
A Library Journal Best Science Book Selection

Part odyssey, part pilgrimage, this epic personal narrative follows the author's exploration of coasts, islands, reefs, and the sea's abyssal depths. Scientist and fisherman Safina takes readers on a global journey of discovery, probing for truth about the world's changing seas, deftly weaving adventure, science, and political analysis. We observe people whose lives and occupations unfold in a drama of clashing personal histories and daily struggles for existence. We enter the embattled world of New England fisherman on the trail of overfished giant tuna; visit the Philippine Islamic separatists trying to protect their coral reefs; bear witness to the northwestern salmon rivers and estuaries degraded by deforestation; observe the fragile South Pacific reefs whose fishes and invertebrates are the prey of rapacious market hunters. Safina shows us how our exploitation of the ocean's resources is little different from the nineteenth-century plunder that destroyed the buffalo. But he also tells dramatic and hopeful stories of the sea's revival and replenishment.

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  BOOK ONENortheastNew England & the MaritimesA few inches from where I stood, human history ended. The bronze age, the industrial revolution, the space age—gone. One hundred years ago, one thousand years ago, one million years ago, ten million years ago, much of the world looked like this. Sixty million years ago, the creature I was now watching, the shark slowly circling me, looked like this. Already perfected. In the beginning, all was void, and darkness was upon the waters. Ancient before Creation itself: the eternal sea.A slick plain like molten glass stretched away to the far
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Praise for Song for the Blue Ocean

"Safina's Song is the Silent Spring for our time. The book is a page turner. But unlike the phantasmagorical novels of Michael Crichton or Peter Benchley, where a little science is thrown in to give the plot an aura of verisimilitude, Safina's book is all true and wilder and more frightening. . . . I loved this book." --Richard Ellis, Los Angeles Times

"[Safina's] bright new voice joins that influential chorus, which includes Rachel Carson and Jacques Cousteau, of scientists turned eloquent ocean advocates." --Harry E. Demarest, San Francisco Chronicle

"Engrossing and illuminating . . . passionate and enthralling narrative . . . [A] landmark book." --Thurston Clarke, The New York Times Book Review

"You will never think about fish-or the ocean-the same way again." --Sylvia Earle, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association

"If you love the ocean, read this book." --Big Game Fishing Journal

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • 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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Encounters Along the World's Coasts and Beneath the Seas

Carl Safina

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