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"One of the most delightful natural history studies in decades." —The Boston GlobeEye 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 w"One of the most delightful natural history studies in decades." —The Boston GlobeEye 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....

Title : Eye of the Albatross: Visions of Hope and Survival
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ISBN : 9780805062298
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 400 Pages
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Eye of the Albatross: Visions of Hope and Survival Reviews

  • Esmerelda Weatherwax
    2019-02-16 07:50

    My first book by Carl Safina was What Animals Think and Feel and it instantly made me fall in love with his writing style. I immediately put all his books on my amazon waiting list and Im buying them one by one. I was worried my hopes would be too high and maybe the first book was his best and the rest would disappoint me, but YAY that didn't happen! This book revolved around marine conservation and his passion shone through just like his other work. He has a beautiful writing style that feels more like a novel. He puts so much time and effort into doing proper research and publishing quality work, he's easily in my top three non fiction authors, I think his books could be given to people who think that non fiction is dry and boring and get them to change their mind. From birds to ocean health, this book covers a wide variety of conservation and wildlife topics which kept things interesting and faster paced. I can't wait to get the next book on my list, I had no interest or draw to sea birds before this, and had given the Albatross little thought before reading this book. It's amazing how very quickly I got sucked into the plight of the Albatross.

  • Gwyn
    2019-02-04 13:08

    This is some of the best nature writing I have ever encountered. Carl Safina explores issues of marine conservation and the history of human use of marine resources by following the travels of a single albatross named Amelia. As she flies across the Pacific, feeding her chick and herself, Safina recounts the ecological atrocities committed by humans in their search for albatross eggs and feathers; examines how modern fishing practices still threaten marine animals and what steps are being taken to protect them; and introduces us to a world of marine researchers and the research they conduct. Although not fast-paced by anyone's standards, Safina's prose is beautiful and compelling: “A full silver moon burns its cool firefly light through the flickering clouds above. Far, far below, Sablefish swim in frigid darkness. We send the killing gear to take them.” - page 211His moving accounts of the losses these animals have suffered--and the steps humans are taking to now help rather than harm them--will touch your heart and possibly bring tears to your eyes. A must-read for anyone who enjoys nature writing.

  • Rachel
    2019-01-21 10:13

    Everything you wanted to know about albatross. Carl Safina's own passion for these amazing creatures infuses the entire book, and the science part reads like a page turner. He brings the reader into the strange and remote world of Northwest Hawaiian Islands conservation work and doesn't let us go until we have seen everything, including the trash on the beach and the albatross chicks dead on their nest because they have too much plastic in their gut. For anyone planning to visit Oahu or Kauai--and everyone that lives on those islands--this should be required reading. (This is because people lucky enough to be on Oahu and Kauai in the winter can see albatross nesting.)

  • Elizabeth
    2019-01-29 10:15

    This book of natural history is definitely a stand-out for 2014 reading. Although the main topic is albatrosses, the book ranges over a broader area--ocean health, sharks, sea turtles, ocean fishing. Not only does Safina convey a lot of information, but also his language is poetic and insightful. I read this for my bird club book club, and there was one passage about bliss and the necessity of stress that three of the eight of us had marked as especially important. I'd like to read more of Safina's work.

  • Patricia
    2019-01-29 07:12

    Truly eye-opening about albatrosses. For instance, the incredible feats of navigation and endurance they achieve to feed themselves and sustain their chicks.) Safina is also thought-provoking and eloquent: “I am impressed anew by... how much the harshness that challenges life is what causes the beauty. Birds fly because they must escape predators and search for food. Trees grow skyward because they compete fiercely with other trees for light. Living things need something to push off of. Each of us needs challenges to give us the right shape.” There were also a few wince-making bits (the rather patronizing way he describes the Canadian natural history writer for one). However, his curiosity about the stories of the people he encountered was also one of the pleasures of the book.

  • Billy
    2019-01-17 10:58

    A long difficult book about connections: between bird and bird, bird and shark, people and bird. The vast Pacific Ocean is the broad template of this story; the Northwest Hawaiian Islands the stage. The connections that go back many millions of years have been disrupted by the coming of man. The destruction wrought is heartbreaking; we are all a party to this sad story. The book highlights those, few, eccentric souls who are trying to right these wrongs by studying and documenting breeding birds, sharks, turtles, endangered seals, etc. The outcome is far from clear. A lot of poetry here.

  • JD
    2019-02-09 10:08

    The background information about albatrosses, how they came to be named, and their natural history, was superb. The stories of human cruelty are relentless and heartbreaking, and yet seem necessary. I am a much deeper advocate for albatrosses as a result of reading this book. The author showed bits of chauvinism at times in descriptions of his female colleagues.

  • Stephen Orth
    2019-01-23 11:17

    A beautifully written book. The language is as magical as the places the author visits. And his clear-eyed view of what a sentimentalist might call progress is refreshing. Loved it.

  • Walt
    2019-01-28 10:48

    This book was less about albatrosses than I thought it was going to be, and while those sections were still my favorite, the rest of the book was also very nice. Every few chapters the author returns to Amelia the Laysan albatross and her imagined experiences inferred from satellite signals. In between, the author visits various scientists and fisherpeople throughout the North Pacific Ocean to see how their activities impact the albatrosses and other animals inhabiting the area. I'd say this is probably better than Voyage of the Turtle: In Pursuit of the Earth's Last Dinosaur, and a great book for anyone interested in birds or the ocean.

  • Kenno82
    2019-01-31 08:47

    I wasn't taken by this book - perhaps beacause I'm not a bird lover. However, I've always respected Safina's passion and commiment to the sustainability of our oceans and environment. There are moments in this book where the writing is truly poetic, eliciting insights into the links between animals and humans that make you lift your head from the page and pause to think. I'll continue reading Safina's works for these moments. He's also a fantastic speaker/presenter. It's worth Youtubing his work if you're interested.

  • Judy
    2019-02-16 07:09

    This is the best natural history book I have read in a long time. Safina is funny, insightful, introspective, informative and well researched. He puts forth some good fodder to chew on. I found myself dog earring and hightlighting all over the place. I would love to have been involved in the research he participated in. I didn't want the book to end. I have an even greater love and appreciation for theses amazing birds and my heart aches for what the greed of humans has put them through. Well done, Carl!

  • David Ward
    2019-01-23 12:14

    Eye of the Albatross: Visions of Hope and Survival by Carl Safina (Holt McDougal 2003)(598.42). This is a very well done look at the health of our oceans and the creatures that depend on the sea for habitat and survival. My rating 7.5, finished 2004. I reread this 9/23/16 and downgraded it to 7/10. I purchased a [PB] copy in fair condition from McKays August 12, 2016 for $1.00.

  • Michelle
    2019-01-26 11:10

    Much easier to get into than song of the blue ocean. I enjoyed the layout of the book, always returning to the tagged albatross after exploring issues surrounding their conservation and challenges these species face.

  • Suzanne Auckerman
    2019-01-25 12:52

    Good natural history of the albatross; but another depressing view of what is happening with the ocean. This is not a new book as it came out in 2003. However, according to Birdlife International, not much has changed. Will have to apply for a trip to Midway Atoll Nat'l Wildlife Refuge.

  • Melody
    2019-01-25 11:54

    I'm in love with Safina. I want him to write more books, right away. I want to sell all my worldly goods and devote my life to saving birds. Safina's a delicious prose stylist with a clear, burning passion for animals. Highly recommended.

  • Michelle
    2019-02-08 04:56

    This book surprised me, I thought; how much can you write about an Albatross? Turns out it's great stuff. Full of the author's experiences all over the world with this misunderstood bird, and written in a way that draws you into the story of the plight of the Albatross.

  • Aron Wagner
    2019-02-05 09:05

    Stilted prose and overblown metaphors distracted me from the authentically fascinating science. I read the whole thing and got a lot out of it, but I wish it had spent a longer time in the hands of a capable editor.

  • Adrienne Shea-michiels
    2019-02-06 07:56

    This and his other 3 books bring the reader right into the sea with whales, swordfish, salmon and tuna or into the air with seabirds. He's a marine biologist and ecologist with a bent towards compromise and cooperation. He's a great teacher.

  • Jana
    2019-02-06 09:16

    Another interesting journey taken by Carl Safina. The amount of plastic in the ocean and what it is doing to wildlife is distressing at the very least. Safina books are a great combination of the personal, the natural, and the scientific. This one is no exception.

  • Talia
    2019-02-14 04:50

    By far, the best story about life on these islands that I've read since we moved to Hawaii four years ago. Period. Please read it!

  • Jennifer
    2019-02-08 11:02

    Had some beautiful moments, especially if you are into nature, but I found it to be too wordy and not enough to the point.

  • Clare
    2019-02-11 12:58

    My review:

  • Steph
    2019-02-02 11:47

    It is not too late; however the clock is ticking very loudly.

  • Kelcee Eaton
    2019-02-03 04:56

    Really good book for those who are interested in conservation of animals and research.

  • Lisa
    2019-02-03 10:04

    Excellent! Engaging story about albatrosses, se turtles, researchers, sharks & the fishing industry among others.

  • Amy
    2019-01-25 04:55

    Ran a little too long.

  • Wendy Campbell
    2019-01-19 05:15

    Carl has woven a tight story about the creatures whose lives depend on the sea, and about the sea itself. His love for it all shines from every page.

  • Clarry
    2019-01-28 13:15

    Incredibly well researched! A must for people who enjoy nature writing and learning more about the struggles of the ocean's wildlife.

  • Matthew
    2019-01-31 09:53

    A delightful mixture of science, personal experience, and fictionalized account of an albatrosses adventures as scientists track it across the Pacific.

  • Hanna
    2019-02-02 11:00

    Sooooo good. One of the best books that I've read in a long time.