The Blue Wonder: Why the Sea Glows, Fish Sing, and Other Astonishing Insights from the Ocean

The Blue Wonder: Why the Sea Glows, Fish Sing, and Other Astonishing Insights from the Ocean

The Blue Wonder: Why the Sea Glows, Fish Sing, and Other Astonishing Insights from the Ocean

The Blue Wonder: Why the Sea Glows, Fish Sing, and Other Astonishing Insights from the Ocean

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Overview

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.



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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781771646048
Publisher: Greystone Books
Publication date: 06/08/2021
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 661,097
Product dimensions: 8.40(w) x 5.60(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

DR. FRAUKE BAGUSCHE is a marine biologist, who, with a colleague, founded TheBlueMind.org 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.

Table of Contents

Foreword Jill Heinerth xi

Preface xiii

The Secret Global Domination of Plankton 1

Green Lungs 5

The Smell of the Sea 9

Little Snacks for Big Stomachs 11

Size Isn't Everything 13

Glibbery Giants 15

The Glow of the Sea 22

Coral Reefs-The Nurseries of the Sea 25

Mass Weddings of the Corals 33

The Songs of Fish 38

Nemo's Brothers 44

Underwater Hospitals 48

Deep-Sea Drugstores 55

Symbiosis, Parasitism, and Other Interactions 60

Coral Reefs as Battle Zones 65

Luminous Corals 76

Perfectly Hidden 79

(In)Finite Blue 85

Water-A Substance With Special Characteristics 86

Why the Baltic Sea Tastes Less Salty Than the Mediterranean 88

The Ocean as Climate Kitchen and the Marine Conveyor Belt 91

The Journey of Sea Turtles 95

Intelligent Singers 101

Hunted Hunters 112

Amazing Appendages-Swords, Spears, and Wings 122

The Secrets of the Deep 126

Life at the Extremes 127

Gold Rush in Deep Waters 135

Sea Monsters, Deep-Sea Demons, and Sailor's Yarns 140

Glitter in the Dark 146

Fragile Carnivores and Reefs of Glass 153

Sex and the Sea 158

The Black Soul of the Sea Otter 158

Sodom and Gomorrah at the South Pole 161

Sometimes Size Does Matter 163

Of Swords and Free-Swimming Tentacles 168

Sacrificial Fathers 171

Migratory Slitherers 176

Endangered Blue Wonder 180

The Curse of Black Gold 181

The Age of Plastic 184

Are Bioplastics the Solution? 189

Polluted Paradises 191

Plastic Patches 196

Micro plastics-The (Almost) Invisible Danger 197

Climate Change and the Sea 201

The Death of Coral Reefs 208

Hungry for More 215

More Culture for Aquaculture 221

The Future of the Sea = Our Future 226

Acknowledgments 233

Sources and Further Information 236

Photo Insert Credits 244

Index 245

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