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If you are as intrigued by oceans as we are, you need to read these 7 books

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Whether you are an aspiring marine biologist, diver, or just someone who loves to read about our oceans, these books are sure to broaden your knowledge about them.  

  1. The Brilliant Abyss by Dr Helen Scales 

In this book, marine biologist and writer Dr Helen Scales talks about how the aquatic ecosystem affects life above land, our climate, weather systems, and how we as humans exploit the ocean. Scales uncovers a bit of the endless mystery of the ocean and introduces us to aquatic life like never before. 

  1. All We Can Save: Truth, Courage, and Solutions for the Climate Crisis edited by Ayana Elizabeth Johnson and Katherine K. Wilkinson 

This is a collection of the work of several women at the forefront of the climate movement in the United States, highlighting their experiences as farmers, journalists, scientists, and more, to inspire a more inclusive and open conversation about the climate crisis the world is facing today.  

  1. The Log from the Sea of Cortez by John Steinbeck 

After John Steinbeck’s controversial ‘The Grapes of Wrath’ he and his close friend, biologist Ed Ricketts, began a month-long marine specimen-collecting expedition in the Gulf of California, based on which their collaborative work, Sea of Cortez, was issued. In 1951, after Ed Rickett’s death, John Steinbeck reissued his account of the journey, a day-to-day recollection of the trip, blending science and adventure. 

  1. The Outlaw Ocean by Ian Urbina 

A deep dive into the side of open waters that is rarely talked about, The Outlaw Ocean is a clever exposé on the harsh reality of unclaimed regions of water. From pirates to poachers, through accounts of courage, brutality, survival, and tragedy, the author exposes a global network of crime and exploitation stemming from the fishing, oil, and shipping industries, which are fundamental to the world’s economies. 

  1. Into the Planet: My Life as a Cave Diver by Jill Heinerth 

A first-hand account of Jill Heinerth, the first person in history to dive deep into an Antarctic iceberg. Written by a seasoned ocean diver, “Into the Planet” is a gripping book that takes you deep into the world of cave diving. It is the first of its kind, offering a personal look at the dangers faced by divers every day. It’s all about facing fears and pushing yourself to the limit to achieve success. 

  1. Why We Swim by Bonnie Tsui 

“Why We Swim” is filled with fascinating tales, from Olympic athletes to unexpected survivors like an Icelandic fisherman. Author Bonnie Tsui, who is also a swimmer, explores the allure of water across diverse cultures and locations, delving into its mysteries and dangers. From the San Francisco Bay to the South China Sea, she investigates why humans are drawn to water despite its risks, and why we keep returning to it. 

  1. The World of Coral Reefs by Erin Spencer 

Marine ecologist Erin Spencer, along with illustrator Alexandria Neonakis, introduces corals to kids in an accessible and attractive format, talking about their importance and significant contribution to the preservation of marine life. Kids will learn about the relationship between humans and coral reefs, and what they can do to help conserve corals on an independent level. 

[Feature Image Credit: Ben White (Unsplash)  ]

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