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For those of us who can't visit the South Pacific, television documentary writer and producer Whitty gives us the next best thing. Her way with language-at times reminiscent of Lynne Cox's poetical Grayson-makes readers feel they are actually part of the coral reef atoll environment, both above and below the surface. This is at once a memoir of her travels and an easy-to-grasp introduction to the ecology of coral reefs and the Polynesian peoples. Whitty neither shies away from supplying the scientific names of the plants and animals or the origins of various scientific terms, nor does she hesitate to bring in Eastern philosophy and Japanese poetry when warranted. There's even a glossary. The lack of a bibliography for further reading is unfortunate, but one hopes the enchanted reader will consult a librarian for advice on where to go next. Recommended for all types of libraries, except elementary school institutions.-Margaret Rioux, MBLWHOI Lib., Woods Hole, MA Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

This is a moving and illuminating love story about one woman and the fathomless deep. " Whitty is emerging as one of the must-read voices about the wet three-quarters of the planet." -- Bill McKibben "This important book makes clear the absolute urgency of saving the coral reefs of the world." - actor/activist Ted Danson "Extraordinarily absorbing." - Santa Rosa Press Democrat "Whitty's prose is supple and scientifically informed (a rare and graceful mix) ... her intimacies with the ocean's curiosities captivate." & quot; Whitty is emerging as one of the must-read voices about the wet three-quarters of the planet." -- Bill McKibben For those of us who can't visit the South Pacific ... writer and producer Whitty gives us the next best thing. "Whitty is emerging as one of the must-read voices about the wet three-quarters of the planet." -- Bill McKibben

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