Song for the Blue Ocean: Encounters Along the World’s Coasts and Beneath the Seas
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 Carl 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.
Selected as one of the Most Influential Environmental Books of all time by the Environmental Defense Fund, Song for the Blue Ocean relays extraordinary stories from New England to America’s northwestern forests to Hong Kong and Japan and idylliic–though not ideal–Pacific islands.
Awards and Honors for Song for the Blue Ocean:
- Lannan Award for Literature
- Los Angeles Times Best Nonfiction selection
Library Journal Best Science Book selection
A New York Times Notable Book
You will never think about fish-or the ocean-the same way again."
[Safina's] bright new voice joins that influential chorus, which includes Rachel Carson and Jacques Cousteau, of scientists turned eloquent ocean advocates."
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."
If you love the ocean, read this book."
Engrossing and illuminating . . . passionate and enthralling narrative . . . [A] landmark book."