For Po and his extraordinary Fihs World, and for Alycia and her inspired love of the natural world
With thanks to Dr. James McCarthy of Harvard University for his careful attention and invaluable advise, and to Sylvia Earle and her daughter, Liz, for their support and encouragement throughout
Seen from above, Earth's land seems to float likes islands on a vast sea - there is so much more blue than green!
How could she feel lonely when every "spoonful" of water was filled with life!
Pictures of whales, says Sylvia, make them look "big and fat and ponderous and lumpy ... Whales are like swallows ... like otters ... They move in any direction. They swim upside down. They're vertical. They're very which way ... They are sleek and elegant and gorgeous, among the most exquisite creatures on the planet. They move like ballerinas ... Rollicking, frolicking creatures, doing all this wonderful dancing in the sea."
"I'm changed forever because I lived underwater for two weeks in 1970. I wish that everybody could go live underwater if only for a day." (Sylvia Earle)
One expedition, 3,000 feet down, was, Sylvia says, like "diving into a galaxy."
We have explored only 5 percent of the ocean. We know more about the planets in outer space than we know about the sea on our very own home planet!
When you next look out over the ocean, stop to think of the vast mountains, valleys, and plains below its surface. Think of how it breathes and gives us life. And think of all the wondrous creatures it holds in its waters from whales, to busy, colorful coral reefs, to those living firework displays that light up the cold, black waters of its mysterious depths.
Sylvia Earle first lost her heart to the ocean as a young girl when she discovered the wonders of the Gulf of Mexico in her backyard. As an adult, she dives even deeper. Whether she’s designing submersibles, swimming with the whales, or taking deep-water walks, Sylvia Earle has dedicated her life to learning more about what she calls “the blue heart of the planet.” With stunningly detailed pictures of the wonders of the sea, Life in the Ocean tells the story of Sylvia’s growing passion and how her ocean exploration and advocacy have made her known around the world. This picture book biography also includes an informative author’s note that will motivate young environmentalists.
Life in the Ocean is one of The Washington Post's Best Kids Books of 2012
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A picture book biography tells the story of Sylvia Earle's growing passion for the wonders of the sea and how her ocean exploration and advocacy have made her known around the world.