The blue wonder Why the sea glows, fish sing, and other astonishing insights from the ocean

Frauke Bagusche, 1978-

Book - 2021

"Amazing things happen under the Earth's waters: the sea glows mysteriously at night, the smallest organisms (plankton) have the greatest power, and the fish, which seem so taciturn, communicate with each other loudly. In Blue Wonder, Frauke Bagusche, a German marine biologist, takes us on a fascinating dive beneath the ocean to recount her personal experiences with the world's smallest and largest creatures, explaining, for example, the origins of the scent of the sea breeze, the... glow in the water at night, and, most importantly, why the fate of our whole planet depends on healthy, diverse, and productive oceans. Drawing on the latest scientific findings as well as her own discoveries, Bagusche reveals how, with every breath we take, we are so deeply connected with what she affectionately calls the "blue wonder." She also explains why the sea so desperately needs our help and presents real solutions, supported by research, for saving the oceans. By taking simple measures in our everyday lives we can help to preserve our livelihood, the sea. With the heart of a poet and reason of a scientist, Bagusche awakens not only our love for the sea but the desire to protect this unique and vital habitat"--

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Vancouver ; Berkeley : Greystone Books 2021.
Item Description
Translation of: Das blaue Wunder.
Physical Description
xvi, 264 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 23 cm
Issued also in electronic format
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Main Author
Frauke Bagusche, 1978- (author)
Other Authors
Jamie McIntosh (translator)
  • Foreword /
  • by Jill Heinerth
  • The secret global domination of plankton
  • Coral reefs: the nurseries of the sea
  • (In)Finite blue
  • The secrets of the deep
  • Sex and the sea
  • Endangered blue wonder
  • The future of the sea = Our future.
Review by Library Journal Review

Marine biologist Bagusche says she wants to make the ocean "accessible to a worldwide audience." While this book, translated from German, frequently refers to research or experts, the author's casual, friendly writing style makes it approachable to readers with the barest knowledge of marine life and oceans. Bagusche keeps the story moving with brief bursts of information and humorous insights. The chapter "Sex and the Sea" is particularly funny, although animals such as sea otters and penguins sometimes appear less than endearing. Conservation is mentioned throughout the book, and its final chapter focuses on the dangers threatening the oceans, such as drilling, overfishing, and inundations of plastics and other waste. The narrative continues with moving chapters on the history and future of coral reefs, complete with stories of the creatures that survive and thrive in and around them. Bagusche makes the case that humanity's future is linked with the ocean's wellbeing, so she offers practical guidance for ocean-conscious consumption. There's also an extensive list of resources for those wishing to learn more. VERDICT Readers who want an upbeat, yet thoughtful overview of all things marine wildlife will appreciate this fun, quick dive into the ocean.--Elissa Cooper, Helen Plum Memorial Lib., Lombard, IL

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