Rich in history, anecdote, and surprising fact, the author's descriptions bring to life the natural history of the various species, the threats they face, and the losses they have suffered. Written with passion & grace, and illustrated with Richard Ellis's own drawings.
Killing has occurred on a truly stunning scale, with extinction all too often the result, leaving a onceteeming ocean greatly depleted. But the author also finds instances of hope and resilience, or species that have begun to make remarkable comebacks when given the opportunity.
WHAT THE EXPERTS ARE SAYING:
"As the human population has increased, the marine population has plummeted, and Ellis tells the complex story behind this equation for disaster with a vast array of facts, unfailing eloquence, and bracing frankness."
"It is also a splendid example of history illuminating ecology, with well-chosen facts that enable us to picture a largely invisible catastrophe."
--The New York Times Book Review
"Read this book and be inspired, informed, and entertained, but watch out. The latest, most powerful tribute to the sea by Richard Ellis could forever change the way you think about the ocean, about yourself, and about the future we share with the sea."
--Sylvia Earle, Explorer in Residence, National Geographic Society
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Richard Ellis is the author of 16 books, including The Book of Whales, Monsters of the Sea, Great White Shark, Imagining Atlantis, The Search for the Giant Squid, and Aquagenesis.