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The Blue Wonder

Why the Sea Glows, Fish Sing, and Other Astonishing Insights from the Ocean

by (author) Frauke Bagusche

translated by Jamie McIntosh

Greystone Books Ltd
Initial publish date
Jun 2021
Oceans & Seas, Essays, Global Warming & Climate Change, Marine Life, Oceanography
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Jun 2021
    List Price

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An intimate account of the beauty, mystery, and amazing science of the ocean.

In The Blue Wonder, marine biologist and diver Frauke Bagusche brings readers on a fascinating and beautiful deep-sea dive into the ocean. Drawing on scientific discoveries and her own research, she uses photographs and playful prose to reveal:

  • deep-sea reefs that glitter like glass
  • fish that converse with each other by singing––loudly
  • an octopus that imitates more than fifteen other animals
  • the secret behind why the sea glows at night
  • “weddings” that happen amongst the coral
  • underwater “drugstores”
  • and even fish that clean her own teeth!

Humans know more about the moon’s surface than we do about the ocean. There is so much to be discovered, under the sea. With the heart of a poet and the mind of a scientist, Frauke Bagusche re-awakens our love for the sea and ignites a desire to protect this vital habitat.

About the authors

Contributor Notes

DR. FRAUKE BAGUSCHE is a marine biologist, who, with a colleague, founded in 2018. Bagusche also works as a freelance lecturer and provides training on the subjects of plastic pollution in the oceans, the effects of climate change on marine ecosystems, and the overfishing of the oceans.

Editorial Reviews

“Readers who want an upbeat, yet thoughtful overview of all things marine wildlife will appreciate this fun, quick dive into the ocean.”
Library Journal

The Blue Wonder takes its place alongside Carl Safina’s Song for the Blue Ocean in revealing the marvelous marine world and the urgent need to preserve a dazzling ecosystem we too often neglect.”
Book Page

“If you like your books to be brimming with interesting science, then dive in!”
—Tristan Gooley, New York Times bestselling author of How to Read Water

“This book is true to its title: it really provides an excellent introduction to the wonders of the sea, and makes you want to dive in and see for yourself.”
—Dr. Daniel Pauly, fisheries scientist and author of Vanishing Fish: Shifting Baselines and the Future of Global Fisheries