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- DescriptionNot since Jacques Cousteau has anyone brought us the sense of the ocean as our home ...Far more than a science book. --San Francisco Book Review Gordon Chaplin's father was a seemingly happy-go-lucky, charismatic adventurer who married a wealthy heiress and transformed himself into the author of a landmark scientific study, Fishes of the Bahamas. The book was published by the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia, one of America's most esteemed scientific institutions. As a young boy, the author took part in collecting specimens for his father. Fifty years later, he was asked to join a team studying the state of sea life in the Bahamian waters where he grew up, as measured against his father's benchmark. The first of the sea changes presented in this eloquent book stems from climate change and is the drastic transformation of ocean life due to global warming. The second is his father's miraculous transformation from playboy into scientist. And the third involves the author's own complicated relationship with his parents, in particular his father, as he grew older and assumed the part of prodigal son. Fifty years later, returning to his childhood home, he delves into the mysteries of his father's life and the impossibility of ever truly recovering the past or returning home.
- Author BiographyGordon Chaplin was a journalist in the Saigon bureau of Newsweek the Baltimore Sun, and the Washington Post. He has also worked in sea conservation with the group Niparaja and since 2003 has been a research associate at the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia. He is the author of several books, including Dark Wind: A Survivor's Tale of Love and Loss. He lives with his wife and daughter in New York City and Hebron, New York. Stan Waterman is a member of the International SCUBA Diving Hall of Fame, has been called the American Jacques Cousteau, and was the subject of the Nat Geo documentary The Man who Loves Sharks. He is a famous underwater film-maker, and his films include Blue Water and White Death. He has been a lecturer for more than 50 years.
- Author(s)Gordon Chaplin
- PublisherArcade Publishing
- Date of Publication03/05/2016
- SubjectEnvironment & Ecology: General Interest
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintArcade Publishing
- Content Note16 color photos, color illustrations, B&W photos
- Weight614 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine25 mm
- Foreword byStan Waterman
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
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