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Deep Blue Home: An Intimate Ecology of Our Wild Ocean

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  133 ratings  ·  30 reviews
At the center of Deep Blue Home, a penetrating exploration of the ocean as single vast current and of the creatures dependent on it, is Whitty's description of the three-dimensional ocean river, far more powerful than the Nile or the Amazon, encircling the globe. It's a watery force connected to the earth, climate control and so to the eventual fate of the human race.

Hardcover, 246 pages
Published July 9th 2010 by Houghton Mifflin (first published January 1st 2010)
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Kerri Anne
I learned so much reading this. About our oceans, our sea creatures, the mud at the bottom of everything, and that I really likely should have gone with my gut and been a marine biologist. But mostly I learned I should trust myself and what I know and what I've always wanted to know and I should trust my stories. We are how we spend our time. We are what we care most about. We are essential to the survival of this earth and everything living on and in and underneath it.

[Four-point-five stars fo
Linda Brunner
Jan 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Both eloquent and scientifically astute, this was an adventurous experience informed love letter to the oceans and it's amazing creatures.

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Many marine species are now under such intense fishing pressure that they don't reach sexual maturity and never have a chance to spawn before they are caught. Market economics relentlessly drives commercially desirable species toward extinction. The endgame resembles a modern plague, a Black Death of the deep blue home, wherein the rarer and
Sep 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Sea birds, whales, ecosystems in the sea, and the Baja. If you are into any of these, and have any tolerance for poetry in science writing, read this book.
Jun 28, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Julia Whitty's "Deep Blue Home" is more than just the filmmaker-cum-author's memoir: it is a cautionary tale about ignoring the balance of ocean ecology at our own peril.

Using tales from the Upanishads, Norse sagas and Greek mythology, Whitty interweaves legend with facts as she writes about her observations of whales, birds, dolphins and more. From her year living on Isla Rasa to study terns and gulls, to a mule ride in Baja California to study cave paintings, Whitty covers 33 years of experien
Jun 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Simply put, Whitty is a very gifted writer with a classically scientific eye, the analytical mind of a philosopher, and the golden heart of a poet. So often this 20+ year reflection on her research and travels just wafts into stunning elegance, and despite references to the mid-80s, this book feels timeless. The perils of the planet-as-grand-ecosystem are only heightened now and it continues to fascinate and appall me how homo sapiens seem hellbent on destroying our own aquarium world, wrecking ...more
Jun 07, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It took me A LOT longer than I had expected to read this book because I just couldn't "get into it" at times! Surprising because the topic is right up my alley, and have enjoyed this type of marine scientist memoirs before. The biology presented is interesting, I guess it's the author's style of writing that I just couldn't connect with. The first section (on Isla Rasa) in particular seems to go on forever...
Apr 21, 2013 rated it did not like it
I am genuinely impressed with the author's ability to take what must have been very exciting journeys and then relate them in a way that makes them seem so dreadfully boring. And what is up with the mysticism? Mysticism ain't science.
Aug 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Dense and poetic, but well worth the effort, this is one of the most beautiful works of nonfiction I've read. Whitty demonstrates an ecological perspective by weaving it into the fiber of the narrative, rather than by lecturing. If you enjoyed Moby Dick, you'll probably like this book!
Karin Cope
Jan 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A beautifully written, extraordinary account of birds and creatures of the sea from the Sea of Cortez to Newfoundland. I have returned again and again to this text, grateful, at once, for its careful scientific documentation and its poetry. Julia Whitty is a remarkable thinker and writer.
Apr 29, 2018 rated it liked it
I teach middle school science. My curriculum has changed (yet again). I now have to cover ocean currents, something I've never learned about in my schooling. I found this book at the library and chose it hoping I could strengthen my background knowledge re: ocean currents.
I believe the author's intent with writing this book was to give multiple snapshots from different locations over time to provide the reader insight into the role of the ocean in our planet's cycles. The non-fiction parts of th
Dewayne Stark
Jan 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Really enjoyed this book. So many interesting different subjects. For example when searching for the painting in the caves in Baja the mules who had horse for mothers had to be tied whereas the mules who had mothers that were donkeys could roam. (Not what you would expect in a book about the sea)

I have a very real connection with the ocean as I live on a sailboat. My neighbors are the seabirds, the dolphins and sea lions. The effect on ancient and recent climate changes mentioned in this book sh
Jun 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Author is so perceptive and has a poetic way with words - a wonderful first person nature book
Candace Rollins
Dec 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
An important book about the sea, ecology and the strains that humans are inflicting on the world's ecosystems. From the Sea of Cortez to Nova Scotia and the Grand Banks scientists are finding a decline, if not extinction of animals at a pace never seen before. Many people don't believe what they don't themselves experience. Its time to get out of that bubble and start paying attention to scientists like Julia Whitty, the time is fast approaching when it will be too late to rectify the damage bei ...more
Babe of Darkness
May 10, 2019 rated it did not like it
This book could have been so rad but it was the total opposite. Boring.
May 07, 2016 rated it liked it
I love ocean life (especially all the amazing sea turtles out there), and so thought Deep Blue Home would be a nice read.

DBH reads like a nature documentary that you would catch on a lazy Saturday afternoon. There's a little bit of gonzo journalism, where the author recounts her personal experiences on her nature journeys in the past and present day, to descriptions of the wildlife encountered, to bits of (pre)history, to snippets of scientific articles, some poetry and Steinbeck literature, to
Kristy Miller
Jan 31, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is a very interesting and beautifully written book. Whitty uses her various experiences in the scientific world to show how the fate of the oceans will determine the future of our world. These experiences range over 30 years, from being a research intern on an island in the Gulf of California, to filming a documentary off the coast of Newfoundland, to measuring salinity off the eastern seaboard, to riding a mule through the desert. She doesn't get bogged down in overly scientific terms, and ...more
Jan 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a beautiful book by a creative, intelligent and inspirational author. It's true that I love the ocean more than land -- why not, the planet is primarily made up of ocean! - and the inter-connectedness of the sea and nature remains incredible and awe inspiring. Julia Whitty is able to capture this awe while also including research and key information that informs the reader and substantiates her commentary. It's a combination of poetry, science and personal travel diary. For those who lik ...more
Amy Bailey
Oct 06, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was different from other ecological books. It's full of beautiful expositions about what the author is truly seeing and experiencing. It almost makes you feel as if you're really there with her seeing it for yourself. The book was well-researched and really explored some things other ecological books don't acknowledge. She starts at the bird life of the sea and delves deeper until she's reached the tiniest microscopic organisms that keep everything running. It's really beautiful but infinit ...more
I appreciate that the author's lexicon is so diverse and that her ocean of knowledge seems deep, but I had a really hard time getting into this book. It seemed to be encumbered by an attempt to be overly poetic, yet scientifically detailed. After a while, it just seemed like rambling.
With that said, I did learn from the book and I was interested in the subject matter. Some readers may love this book, but I think it will be lost on many.
Andrea Strickland
Aug 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
This book is a collection of ecological essays by the author. I'm not a scientist but found it to be very informative and intersting. A beautiful and honest perspective on our oceans today and the effects humans have on them. If you love the oceans and it's majestic wildlife, this is a must read. It left me sad, almost depressed, yet with a renewed appreciation of God's creatures and our responsiblity to protect them.
Jul 23, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is rich in detail with some of the finest descriptions of sea life and ocean dynamics I've read. Whitty recounts stories from her scientific career, interspersed with hindu and norse mythology. Her message: The ocean has not drastically changed because of extraordinary events but instead as a result of a million mundane decisions we have all made, unknowingly or uncaringly, to treat the ocean -- the planet -- as inexhaustible when it is not.
Jul 11, 2011 rated it really liked it
This thematically-linked series of essays gives a simple and compelling portrait of some of the various animals that either live in the sea or rely on it for sustenance, and of what their eventual disappearance will cost us, both economically and scientifically. Whitty's sense of wonder is contagious, and it's impossible to read her words without getting caught up in them.
Nov 23, 2010 rated it really liked it
This book is light on science and heavy on the narrative, so if that's your thing, then this is the book for you.
It was interesting, and she has certainly lived an adventurous life, but I expected this book to have more to do with ecology, and less with feelings.
Am just starting this book because of the excerpt I read in the last issue of The Paris Review of her exquisite prose.
Jan 05, 2014 marked it as books-i-didn-t-finish
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Intriguing subject, intriguing comments, but just now the style seems too self-conciously literary to want to suffer through. Maybe later
Feb 03, 2013 added it
Great insight into the water world!Interesting read.
Jul 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is a great book, informative, peaceful and wonderfully interesting.
Aug 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
A great read.
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JULIA WHITTY was born in Bogotá, Colombia, and emigrated as a child to the United States with her Tasmanian father and Anglo-Indian mother. She holds dual American and Australian citizenships.

Her latest award-winning book THE FRAGILE EDGE:DIVING & OTHER ADVENTURES IN THE SOUTH PACIFIC was published by Houghton Mifflin in 2007.

Her first book A TORTOISE FOR THE QUEEN OF TONGA is an award-winning col

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