Saved by the Sea: A Love Story with Fish

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From bodysurfing in Central American war zones, diving barrier reefs with his tragically fated love, Nancy, or being bumped by a whale off Antarctica, David Helvarg has lived a life often as endangered as the ocean he now works to protect. Saved by the Sea is the story of this longtime journalist's personal love, loss, and redemption in the free-flowing heart of our blue-marble planet.

 

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From bodysurfing in Central American war zones, diving barrier reefs with his tragically fated love, Nancy, or being bumped by a whale off Antarctica, David Helvarg has lived a life often as endangered as the ocean he now works to protect. Saved by the Sea is the story of this longtime journalist's personal love, loss, and redemption in the free-flowing heart of our blue-marble planet.

 

This eloquent and honestly told tale of the changes in one man's journey and the world's ocean over the last half-century is also a profound, startling, and sometimes surprisingly funny reflection on the state of our seas and the intimate ways in which our lives are all linked to the natural world around us. Saved by the Sea will bring salt water to your eyes and small waves of hope to your heart.

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A call to protect "our blue frontier and last great wilderness commons at sea."Helvarg (Rescue Warriors: The U.S. Coast Guard, America's Forgotten Heroes, 2009, etc.) has led an adventurous life as a journalist, private investigator, producer of documentary films and a political activist. During his boyhood on the north shore of Queens, New York, he witnessed the destruction of the wetlands he loved. While attending Boston University in the late '60s, he was arrested for participating in an antiwar riot. He promptly dropped out of college in 1971 and moved to San Diego to organize against the war. It was there that he became an avid bodysurfer and began his "lifelong connection to the ocean." Resuming his education, he transferred to Goddard College, which had a work-study program that allowed him to study urban warfare firsthand in Northern Ireland, laying the groundwork for his future career as a journalist. After graduation, he returned to San Diego where he edited a small weekly newspaper and wrote articles about navy dolphins, navy nuclear weapons, white sharks, offshore oil drilling and other marine topics. He discovered that the two major marine-biological research centers-Scripps on the West coast and Woods Hole in Cape Cod-were heavily involved in Cold War research, to the detriment of oceanographic biology and marine ecology. Although he is a willing risk taker who welcomes the challenges of rough water and covering war zones, he writes movingly about how the "sea, like death, has been the main theme in my life; it has provided rapture, joy, solitude, and solace at different points along the journey." Now approaching 60, Helvarg has dedicated his remaining years to the"protection, exploration, and restoration of our living seas," even though he is no longer a young radical. An elegant memoir of a meaningful life. Agent: Kevan Lyon/Marsal Lyon Literary Agency
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  • ISBN-13: 9780312567064
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 5/11/2010
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 5.84 (w) x 8.62 (h) x 1.05 (d)

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DAVID HELVARG is founder and president of the Blue Frontier Campaign, a Washington, D.C.-based organization working for ocean and coastal conservation. An award-winning journalist, he has written for the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Smithsonian, Popular Science, Sierra, and The Nation, and has produced more than forty documentaries for PBS, the Discovery Channel, and others. His previous books include The War Against the GreensBlue Frontier, 50 Ways to Save the Ocean, and Rescue Warriors. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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