Eye of the Albatross by Carl Safina
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"One of the most delightful natural history studies in decades." --The Boston Globe


Eye of the Albatross takes us soaring to locales where whales, sea turtles, penguins, and shearwaters flourish in their own quotidian rhythms. Carl Safina's guide and inspiration is an albatross he calls Amelia, whose life and far-flung flights he describes in fascinating detail. Interwoven with recollections of whalers and famous explorers, Eye of the Albatross probes the unmistakable environmental impact of the encounters between man and marine life. Safina's perceptive and authoritative portrait results in a transforming ride to the ends of the Earth for the reader, as well as an eye-opening look at the health of our oceans.

 

About Carl Safina

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One of the leading conservationists working today, Carl Safina is the author Song for the Blue Ocean and other books. His most recent book is A Sea in Flames. He is the host of Saving the Ocean on PBS television. He lives in Amagansett, New York.  
 
Published April 1, 2003 by Henry Holt and Co.. 400 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Travel, Action & Adventure, Science & Math, Sports & Outdoors, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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Faults include ill-considered lyrical forays (“Beneath the daily overburden, our truer nature is this wandering spirit on expansive wings, hungering for a chance to search new horizons, hurtle along”) and an irksome tendency to consecrate the albatross (“Being near these birds touches people with...

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In this dazzling volume, Safina, a MacArthur award recipient, recounts his travels to remote portions of the northwest Hawaiian Islands to witness albatross breeding season, during which parent birds fly across entire oceans as much as 25,000 miles to hunt sufficient food to nourish their sin...

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