Blue Ocean Institute

Kings crowding ashore, Salisbury Plain, Falkland Islands by Carl Safina

Blue Ocean Testimonials:


An impassioned account… Safina’s eloquent book is a battle cry in the struggle for the survival."

— Publishers Weekly (starred review) on Voyage of the Turtle


Thrums with fascination."

— New York Times Book Review on Voyage of the Turtle


Magnificent… a book that makes the sea air palpable, fills the nostrils and brings us face-to-face with an ancient, tenacious animal. A joyful, hopeful book that at the same time, doesn’t let us off the hook."

— Los Angeles Times on Voyage of the Turtle


Carl Safina is like some extraordinary astronaut who goes into space and comes back with fantastic tales of other planets and the creatures who inhabit them. Except that the marvelous planet is our own."

— Bill McKibben on Voyage of the Turtle


What a marvelously large-handed, energetic, omnivorous book! One can swim at so many levels in its comprehensive inventiveness."

— Ted Hoagland, author of Early in the Season on The View from Lazy Point


This book is beautifully written, elegiac and insistent — a very necessary read."

— Sheryl Cotleur, Book Passage booksellers on The View from Lazy Point


Written by a brilliant stylist and deeply concerned conservationist. Alive with fresh ideas."

— Richard Ellis on the View from Lazy Point


An optimism suffuses this sensible and sensitive book."

— Publishers’ Weekly on The View from Lazy Point


With his grand sense of adventure, eye for beauty, heart for mercy and high hopes to shake us from our complacency, Safina seems a godsend among modern-day prophets. His is a voice worth listening to, and I hope his song hits the top of the charts."

— The Portland Oregonian on The View from Lazy Point


The high quality of his prose makes all this fascinating information such a great pleasure to read."

— Peter Matthiessen on The View from Lazy Point


I was flat-out blown away. This thing is a great glittering gem of a book, certainly the first immortal work of popular natural history of the 21st century. It was a thrill and an honor to read. And when I finished I felt young again and full of lightning."

— Steve Donoghue, Open Letters Monthly on The View from Lazy Point


Before Carl Safina, environmentalists could often be heard wondering where the next Rachel Carson, Aldo Leopold or Henry Beston might be hiding… The pure sensuous detail, seeing the natural world from a variety of angles, was missing in the generations after Carson and Leopold."

— Newsday on The View from Lazy Point


Safina’s book soars. I had to-and wanted to-read The View from Lazy Point very slowly, allowing myself to digest its wealth of information, to revel in the beauty of Safina’s writing and to absorb fully the implications of his musings. What a pleasure it is to be asked to stop rushing about and take time to think, to grapple with fundamental questions, and to find such an enlightening, provocative companion for walking and talking-and reading. We can ask no more from those who warn about dark days ahead than that they also awaken us to the miracle of everyday life as they try to illuminate a better path forward."

— Dominique Browning, The New York Times on The View from Lazy Point


Excellent storytelling. A superb work."

— Kirkus, Starred Review on The View from Lazy Point


A true masterpiece. The writing is both powerful and poetic, the observations keen and telling. Lazy Point just might become the 21st century’s Walden Pond."

— Gary Soucie on The View from Lazy Point


Safina is like a spider spinning a web: the more silk threads that are attached, the more the reader is entrapped into understanding the connectivity of the world."

— Dr. Patricia Wright, MacArthur Fellow, Stony Brook University on The View from Lazy Point


A book of beautifully modulated patterns and gracefully stated imperatives…Carl Safina’s books evince two traits not commonly associated with science writing: exquisite language and freely expressed empathy for animals."

— Booklist, starred review on The View from Lazy Point


Engrossing and illuminating . . . passionate and enthralling narrative . . . [A] landmark book."

— Thurston Clarke, The New York Times Book Review on Song for the Blue Ocean


You will never think about fish-or the ocean-the same way again."

— Sylvia Earle, Oceanographer, Former Chief Scientist, NOAA, on 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 on Song for the Blue Ocean


[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 on Song for the Blue Ocean


If you love the ocean, read this book."

— Big Game Fishing Journal on Song for the Blue Ocean


Safina's impassioned account achieves a broad, reasoned perspective that frames events against the more insidious damage that farm and industrial runoff, canal-digging, levee-building, and rising sea level have wrought on the Gulf and its wetlands."

— Publishers Weekly on Sea in Flames


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 on Eye of the Albatross


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 on Eye of the Albatross


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 on Eye of the Albatross


Thought-provoking, witty and beautifully written . . . This is an honest first-person account of field biology in action."

— American Scientist on Eye of the Albatross


One of the most delightful natural history studies in decades."

— The Boston Globe on Eye of the Albatross


Thought-provoking, witty and beautifully written . . . This is an honest first-person account of field biology in action."

— American Scientist on Eye of the Albatross