In her two previous (and absolutely riveting) books, The Devil’s Teeth, and The Wave, Susan Casey managed to both debunk and mythologize some of the most terrifying phenomena in the ocean – Great White sharks, and giant waves. In Voices in the Ocean, Casey turns to the seas for inspiration again, but the monster she profiles is the most devastating of all: man. Our violent and senseless exploitation of the ocean and its creatures happens mostly out of sight, thus out of mind. Perhaps if we can see the heartbreaking consequences of our actions through the prism of the sea’s most charismatic residents, the dolphins, we will forge alternate paths. Casey’s is one more powerful voice for the ocean, and I fervently hope people are listening.
— Sara, Atlanta
A New York Times Bestseller
Inspired by a profound experience swimming with wild dolphins off the coast of Maui, Susan Casey set out on a quest to learn everything she could about these creatures. Her journey takes her from a community in Hawaii known as “Dolphinville,” where the animals are seen as the key to spiritual enlightenment, to the dark side of the human-cetacean relationship at marine parks and dolphin-hunting grounds in Japan and the Solomon Islands, to the island of Crete, where the Minoan civilization lived in harmony with dolphins, providing a millennia-old example of a more enlightened coexistence with the natural world.
Along the way, Casey recounts the history of dolphin research and introduces us to the leading marine scientists and activists who have made it their life’s work to increase humans’ understanding and appreciation of the wonder of dolphins—the other intelligent life on the planet.
About the Author
Susan Casey, author of New York Times bestsellers The Wave and The Devil's Teeth: A True Story of Obsession and Survival Among America's Great White Sharks, is the former editor in chief of O, The Oprah Magazine. She is a National Magazine Award-winning journalist whose work has been featured in the Best American Science and Nature Writing, Best American Sports Writing, and Best American Magazine Writing anthologies; and has appeared in Esquire, Sports Illustrated, Fortune, Outside, and National Geographic. Casey lives in Maui.
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
“Part science, part memoir, part impassioned plea for change, [Voices in the Ocean] fascinates.” ―People
“Painstakingly researched and gorgeously written. . . . Casey transports us through the many truths and myths about dolphins.” —USA Today “Casey skillfully weaves global adventure travelogues, first-person reportage and deep archival research. She exhibits a flair for peppering her tales with complex scientific concepts but keeps them accessible for consumption by a broader audience without losing the narrative arc or momentum.” —The Miami Herald
“A meticulously reported global odyssey. . . . [Casey] has an inexhaustible curiosity and a knack for fully embracing her subject.” —Outside Magazine
“A reminder of the unique and complicated bond humans feel with these animals. . . . Casey's moving writing left me with some hope for a better future for dolphins and humans.” —Mary Bates, Slate
“What starts out as a feel-good, new-agey account darkens like the sunlight diminishing in the deep, subtly turning into a devastating chronicle of one of the most egregious mismatches in natural-human history. The result is a brilliantly written and passionate book. . . . timely and urgent.” —The Guardian (London)
“A passionate and richly readable account of dolphins—their world, their behaviors, and the humans whose lives revolve around studying them. . . . Fascinating and cautiously joyous . . . a book any lover of nature should read.” —Open Letters Monthly
“[A] blend of mystic wonder with scientific awe and downright dangerous environmental confrontations.” —InStyle
“[Casey] embarks an investigation into the world of dolphins, impressing the reader with her curiosity and thrilling sense of discovery as she travels the world to learn about these unique creatures.” —Publishers Weekly