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The Devil's Teeth: A True Story of Obsession and Survival Among America's Great White Sharks
The Devil's Teeth
A True Story of Obsession and Survival Among America's Great White Sharks
Paperback      ISBN: 0805080112

Journalist Susan Casey joins a strange band of surfer-scientists on a remote island off the California coast for some close encounters with the jaws of the world's most mysterious and fearsome predators in the New York Times bestseller, The Devil's Teeth: A True Story of Obsession and Survival Among America's Great White Sharks.

Susan Casey was in her living room when she first saw the great white sharks of the Farallon Islands, their dark fins swirling around a small motorboat in a documentary. These sharks were the alphas among alphas, some longer than twenty feet, and there were too many to count; even more incredible, this congregation was taking place just twenty-seven miles off the coast of San Francisco.

In a matter of months, Casey was being hoisted out of the early-winter swells on a crane, up a cliff face to the barren surface of Southeast Farallon Island-dubbed by sailors in the 1850s the devil's teeth. There she joined Scot Anderson and Peter Pyle, the two biologists who bunk down during shark season each fall in the island's one habitable building, a haunted, 135-year-old house spackled with lichen and gull guano. Two days later, she got her first glimpse of the famous, terrifying jaws up close and she was instantly hooked; her fascination soon yielded to obsession-and an invitation to return for a full season. But as Casey readied herself for the eight-week stint, she had no way of preparing for what she would find among the dangerous, forgotten islands that have banished every campaign for civilization in the past two hundred years.

The Devil's Teeth is a vivid dispatch from an otherworldly outpost, a story of crossing the boundary between society and an untamed place where humans are neither wanted nor needed.
Dolphins
Dolphins
Paperback      ISBN: 1901268179

Dolphins are highly evolved and social animals, with their own language of clicks and whistles and elaborate courtship rituals. Their obvious curiosity about the world extends to humans, if only for a few moments of fun, but unfortunately this factor of their intelligence has made them targets for exploitation. Add that to pollution, toxins and the practice in some cultures to kill them for food, dolphins, while not yet an endangered species, are continually threatened.

Spying on Whales: The Past, Present, and Future of Earth's Most Awesome Creatures
Spying on Whales
The Past, Present, and Future of Earth's Most Awesome Creatures
Paperback      ISBN: 0735224587
"A palaeontological howdunnit... Spying on Whales] captures the excitement of...seeking answers to deep questions in cetacean science." --Nature

Called "the best of science writing" (Edward O. Wilson) and named a best book by Popular Science, a dive into the secret lives of whales, from their four-legged past to their perilous present.

Whales are among the largest, most intelligent, deepest diving species to have ever lived on our planet. They evolved from land-roaming, dog-sized creatures into animals that move like fish, breathe like us, can grow to 300,000 pounds, live 200 years and travel entire ocean basins. Whales fill us with terror, awe, and affection--yet there is still so much we don't know about them. Why did it take whales over 50 million years to evolve to such big sizes, and how do they eat enough to stay that big? How did their ancestors return from land to the sea--and what can their lives tell us about evolution as a whole? Importantly, in the sweepstakes of human-driven habitat and climate change, will whales survive?

Nick Pyenson's research has given us the answers to some of our biggest questions about whales. He takes us deep inside the Smithsonian's unparalleled fossil collections, to frigid Antarctic waters, and to the arid desert in Chile, where scientists race against time to document the largest fossil whale site ever found. Full of rich storytelling and scientific discovery, Spying on Whales spans the ancient past to an uncertain future--all to better understand the most enigmatic creatures on Earth.
Blue Meridian: The Search for the Great White Shark
Blue Meridian
The Search for the Great White Shark
Hardcover      ISBN: 0394462165

Vividly describes the adventures of an expedition searching for the great white shark in dangerous waters throughout the world

Grayson
Grayson
Hardcover      ISBN: 0307264548
Grayson is Lynne Cox's first book since Swimming to Antarctica ("Riveting"--Sports Illustrated; "Pitch-perfect"--Outside). In it she tells the story of a miraculous ocean encounter that happened to her when she was seventeen and in training for a big swim (she had already swum the English Channel, twice, and the Catalina Channel).

It was the dark of early morning; Lynne was in 55-degree water as smooth as black ice, two hundred yards offshore, outside the wave break. She was swimming her last half-mile back to the pier before heading home for breakfast when she became aware that something was swimming with her. The ocean was charged with energy as if a squall was moving in; thousands of baby anchovy darted through the water like lit sparklers, trying to evade something larger. Whatever it was, it felt large enough to be a white shark coursing beneath her body.

It wasn't a shark. It became clear that it was a baby gray whale--following alongside Lynne for a mile or so. Lynne had been swimming for more than an hour; she needed to get out of the water to rest, but she realized that if she did, the young calf would follow her onto shore and die from collapsed lungs.

The baby whale--eighteen feet long --was migrating on a three-month trek to its feeding grounds in the Bering Sea, an eight-thousand-mile journey. It would have to be carried on its mother's back for much of that distance, and was dependent on its mother's milk for food--baby whales drink up to fifty gallons of milk a day. If Lynne didn't find the mother whale, the baby would suffer from dehydration and starve to death.

Something so enormous--the mother whale was fifty feet long--suddenly seemed very small in the vast Pacific Ocean. How could Lynne possibly find her?

This is the story--part mystery, part magical tale--of what happened . . .
Voices in the Ocean: A Journey Into the Wild and Haunting World of Dolphins
Voices in the Ocean
A Journey Into the Wild and Haunting World of Dolphins
Paperback      ISBN: 0345804848

A New York Times Bestseller

Inspired by a profound experience swimming with wild dolphins off the coast of Maui, Susan Casey set out on a quest to learn everything she could about these creatures. Her journey takes her from a community in Hawaii known as "Dolphinville," where the animals are seen as the key to spiritual enlightenment, to the dark side of the human-cetacean relationship at marine parks and dolphin-hunting grounds in Japan and the Solomon Islands, to the island of Crete, where the Minoan civilization lived in harmony with dolphins, providing a millennia-old example of a more enlightened coexistence with the natural world.

Along the way, Casey recounts the history of dolphin research and introduces us to the leading marine scientists and activists who have made it their life's work to increase humans' understanding and appreciation of the wonder of dolphins--the other intelligent life on the planet.

Humpback Whales
Humpback Whales
Paperback      ISBN: 190126856x

One of the most fascinating and amazing underwater photography ever. The author summarizes "I was 20 meters from the calf and his mother. He nuzzled her and then to my surprise swam straight towards me. I didn't take my eyes off him through my lens and snapped continuously as he came closer and closer. I dared to look over the top of my camera and there he was, just a few feet away looking me straight in the eye."

Last Call at the Oasis: The Global Water Crisis and Where We Go from Here
Last Call at the Oasis
The Global Water Crisis and Where We Go from Here
Paperback      ISBN: 158648978x

"If there was a price placed on clean water we might start treating it like it has value. Maybe when it's gone we'll realize we can't drink oil or money." -- Dave Matthews

Less than 1 percent of the world's water is fresh and potable -- and no more will ever be available. Thanks to pollution, global warming, and population growth, water access is poised to become today's most explosive global issue. This book, based on the film Last Call at the Oasis by Academy Award-winning director Jessica Yu, offers insights into the coming water crisis from visionary scientists, policymakers, activists, and environmentalists, including:

  • ROBERT MORAN on how oil and mineral development pollute and divert water supplies -- often beyond public scrutiny
  • PETER H. GLEICK on discovering the "soft path" to global water security
  • ROBERT GLENNON on how the power of markets can help protect the world's water
  • LYNN HENNING on how a family farmer became a passionate "water activist"
  • ALEX PRUD'HOMME on how the water crisis affects us all
  • GARY WHITE on how innovative social and economic strategies can make clean water available even for the world's poorest people
  • HADLEY ARNOLD AND PETER ARNOLD on how arid regions like America's Southwest can wisely husband water supplies for cities and farmers alike
  • ROBYN BEAVERS on how today's smartest businesses are making sustainable water management a competitive advantage
  • ZEM JOAQUIN on nine "ecofabulous" ways of saving water at home -- and doing it with style
  • BILL MCDONOUGH on how smart design can preserve water's "Endless Resourcefulness" for generations to come

No resource on earth is more precious -- or more endangered -- than water. Last Call at the Oasis is a powerful tool for learning about the water challenges we face as well as the remarkable solutions available to us -- if we have the will to use them.
Florida's Fabulous Seashells: And Other Seashore Life
Florida's Fabulous Seashells
And Other Seashore Life
2nd Edition    Paperback      ISBN: 0911977058
Among Whales
Among Whales
Hardcover      ISBN: 0684802104

Documenting his life among whales, a field biologist addresses a wide range of subjects--from the purpose of the brain to peaceful cohabitation among the world's creatures--and offers information and stories about the ocean world