Blue Meridian: The Search for the Great White Shark
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A classic work of nature and humanity, by renowned writer Peter Matthiessen (1927-2014), author of the National Book Award-winning The Snow Leopard and the new novel In Paradise
National Book Award-winning author Peter Matthiessen takes readers on an expedition to find the most dangerous predator on Earth—the legendary great white shark. On a trek that lasts 17 months and takes him from the Caribbean to the whaling grounds off South Africa, and across the Indian Ocean to the South Australian coast, Matthiessen describes the awesome experience of swimming in open water among hundreds of sharks; the beauties of strange seas and landscapes; and the camaraderie, tension, humor, and frustrations that develop when people continually risking their lives dwell in close proximity day after day. Filled with acute observations of natural history in exotic areas around the world, Blue Meridian records a harrowing account of one of the great adventures of our time.
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apparatus, most sharks must draw oxygen from the water pouring through their opened jaws and washing over their gill surfaces, and are doomed to keep swimming, open-mouthed, from birth to death. Because they do not weigh much more than the water they displace, their movements seem effortless; they glide forever through the seas like missiles lost in space. In the blue void the big shapes were so numerous that one could not turn fast enough to count them; they moved in concentric circles and in
Lake and Clarkson, added a very unpleasant dimension to the whole experience. Lake found the Hermes diving far more disagreeable than swimming with the sharks; later he called it, with great feeling, “a real horror show.” Worst of all, there was nothing to film. The wreck abounded with small fishes—batfish, angelfish, scorpion-fish, lionfish, small barracuda—but a moderate-sized sea bass, glimpsed by Gimbel in the shadows of the propeller shaft, was the first and last of this large species that
of it in any form without permission. You are supporting writers and allowing Penguin to continue to publish books for every reader. ISBN 978-1-101-66315-8 Version_1 PENGUIN NATURE CLASSICS Nature is our widest home. It includes the oceans that provide our rain, the trees that give us air to breathe, the ancestral habitats we shared with countless kinds of animals that now exist only by our sufferance or under our heel. Until quite recently, indeed (as such things go), the whole world was a
Spencer Gulf is the best place in the world to film the great white shark, which is drawn inshore by sea lions and by the fish and fisheries based at Port Lincoln. Besides the Taylors and Rodney Fox, these divers include Ian McKechnie, a one-time abalone diver, tuna fisherman and kangaroo hunter, who replaces Tom Chapin as Jim Lipscomb’s assistant, and Bruce Farley, the cook-deckhand on the Saori who, like Fox, is a former skin-diving champion of South Australia. At dawn, Spencer Gulf is as
“human-interest stuff,” which might yet reduce this film to the first million-dollar home movie. Toward dark another shark appeared, a smaller one, much bolder. Relentlessly it circled the ship, not ten feet from the hull. On one pass it took the buoyed tuna at a single gulp. Since it passed alongside, the size of this shark could be closely estimated: all hands agreed that it was between nine feet and ten. But if this was accurate, the shark yesterday had been larger than was thought. Rodney