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The northeastern seaboard of the United States and Canada, from Cape Cod to Labrador, was the first region in North America to suffer from human exploitation. In this timeless narrative, Farley Mowat describes in harrowing detail the devastation inflicted upon the birds, whales, fish, and mammals of this icy coast—from polar bears and otters to cod, seals, and ducks. Since ...more
Paperback, 420 pages
Published August 18th 2004 by Stackpole Books (first published 1984)
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Richard Reese
Jul 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Farley Mowat (1921–2014) was a famous Canadian nature writer, a fire-breathing critic of modernity’s war on wildness. He spent much of his life close to the Gulf of St. Lawrence and the Atlantic, and was an avid outdoorsman. By 1975, he and his wife were becoming acutely aware of the sharp decline of wildlife during their own lifetimes.

Mowat chatted with 90-year olds who confirmed his suspicions, and revealed even more tragedies. Then he began researching historical documents, and his mind
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Owen
Aug 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Since reading Mowat's "Sea of Slaughter," I can't get a certain picture out of my mind. It is of a sandy ocean beach, miles and miles long, where tens of thousands, if not hundreds of thousands of morse came to socialize every summer until the middle of last century. The morse, or northern walrus, was a stupendous animal, of impressive bearing: a veritable lion of the sea. Yet it comes no more to those grounds, once the largest colony of its kind, out on Canada's Magdalene Islands, off the coast ...more
SD Mittelsteadt
May 01, 2011 marked it as to-read
I'll return to this book. Very depressing and hard to stick with it.
Andrew
Aug 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Haunting, powerful. One of the most moving books I've read. 20 years later, the images still stick with me.
Heidi
Feb 16, 2011 rated it really liked it
It's horrifying, disgusting, morbid and apalling. It isn't a happy subject matter, but it is well written and intersting. :)
Carolyn
Jul 08, 2009 rated it it was amazing
One of those books we ALL should read and remember forever!
East Bay J
This is easily the most depressing book I’ve ever read, the most horrific horror story. I love Farley Mowat’s writing and it is as good here as ever. The subject matter, however, is diabolical.

Human kind’s ability for and propensity toward cruelty and destruction in the name of progress, be it financial, spiritual, territorial or what have you, is surely one of the most powerful forces ever. European invaders arrived on the east coasts of what we now call Canada, the United States and South
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Riley Pedersen
Nov 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
I choose to read this book for my biology book report and for my English book review. I choose this book because it's about the oceans, and I like learning about the oceans. When I started reading this book it was really good but as the book went on and on talking about the same concept it just started to get boring. This book is about the destruction of the north Atlantic seaboard and its wildlife. This book is in third person point of view because its a lot of different people telling Mowat ...more
David
Feb 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Depressing, infuriating, horrifying, frightening - there just aren't enough adjectives to do justice. A passionate chronicle of man's greed and ignorance leading to the destruction of the East Coast ecosystem. Mowat's well-researched descriptions of the incredible abundance of birds, land mammals, fish, whales, and seals - skillfully contrasted with what we are left with today - are eye-opening. Worst of all, the slaughter goes on today - man just changes aims his avarice a new species.
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Joshua Diaz
Apr 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
In the novel,"Sea of Slaughter," I enjoyed how Farley Mowat introduced one of the subjects and was never opinionated, Always supporting the readers with facts and examples. The Foreword by David Suzuki was very well written and set the tone for the rest of the story, in my opinion. It was important to hear an example as a reader of the northern lands and waters where these problems were occurring and how some of the people who have lived there for so long have witnessed them firsthand. Overall ...more
Scott
Nov 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
Very tough to read if you like wildlife, and also a bit dry. But it tells a sad, sad story about our willingness as human beings to deplete the planet of wildlife to fill our greed, bloodlust, and ego.
A.K. White
May 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book was a game changer for me. I read it with Diet For a New America by John Robbins and come out the other side - vegan. Well, that was a lot of years ago and I'm still vegan. Thank you, Farley and John, for telling the terrible truths. Yes, books can change lives.
Debbie
Aug 09, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a very hard to read book. Story after story of animals brought to extintion. Quite dry, especially for a Farley book.
Theresa
Farley MOWAT, Canadian Legend, so good at tellign the story with details , all the while making it a page turner you can't put down,, this one I will keep!
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Farley McGill Mowat was a conservationist and one of Canada's most widely-read authors.

Many of his most popular works have been memoirs of his childhood, his war service, and his work as a naturalist. His works have been translated into 52 languages and he has sold more than 14 million books.

Mowat studied biology at the University of Toronto. During a field trip to the Arctic, Mowat became
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“The Hunters, armed with heavy clubs, Advance upon the Isle, and by the noise They make, affright the Creatures, which By flight into the Sea, seek an escape From those upon their slaughter bent... It matters not which course they take, All are struck down upon the way; Fathers and Mothers, little Ones... Upon them all, blows fall like hail; If well directed, one upon the nose Suffices and the deed is done. But The beast still lives, for by the blow It is but shorn of consciousness; And sometimes so, within an hour’s space, Five or six hundred are laid low.” 2 likes
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