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Julia Whitty paints a mesmerizing, scientifically rich portrait of teeming coral reefs off Rangiroa in French Polynesia — the underwater equivalent of an African big game safari — where hammerhead sharks, the thugs of the reef, rule a cascading chain of extraordinary underwater creatures.

Equally inspiring for armchair or expert divers, The Fragile Edge illuminates eastern-influenced diving techniques that transform our understanding of diving from sport to breath-inspired art. Whitty reports on the latest ways in which science extends our understanding of unfathomable waters, including the sonar tracking of a huge, unknown loner with a voice louder than that of any known species. On the island of Mo'orea in the South Pacific, she witnesses the entrapment of a group of spinner dolphins caught inside the sieve between barrier reef and coral atoll. In this and scores of other intensely memorable scenes, Whitty emerges as one of our finest writers on the mystery, beauty, and fragility of the underwater ocean world.

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Whitty paints a mesmerizing, scientifically rich portrait of teeming coral reefs off Rangiroa in French Polynesia — the underwater equivalent of an African big game safari — where hammerhead sharks rule a cascading chain of extraordinary underwater creatures.

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In The Fragile Edge, the documentary filmmaker and deep-sea diver Julia Whitty paints a mesmerizing, scientifically rich portrait of teeming coral reefs and sea life in the South Pacific. She takes us literally beneath the surface of the usual travel narrative, in an underwater equivalent of an African big-game safari. Hammerhead sharks rule a cascading chain of extraordinary creatures, from eagle rays to reef sharks, as the sound of courting humpback whales reverberates through the deep.

Inspiring for both armchair and expert divers, The Fragile Edge reveals how science can extend our understanding of unfathomable waters, opening our eyes to the threats facing coral reefs and explaining why these fragile oases are vital to human survival. In this passionate, spiritual narrative of her adventures in the big blue, Julia Whitty emerges as one of our finest writers on the mystery, beauty, and fragility of the undersea world.

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At the center ofDeep Blue Homeis Julia Whittys penetrating exploration of the World Ocean as a single body of water connected by a vast and powerful threedimensional current encircling the globe. This undivided body of water profoundly controls and is controlled by Earths climate; its fate determines our own.

Whittys careerfirst in science, later as a documentary filmmaker, and always as a writer and diverhas given her sustained access to the scientists dedicated to the study of an astonishing range of ocean life, from the physiology of “extremophile” life forms to the strategies of nesting seabirds to the ecology of “whale falls,” or what happens in the afterlife of a behemoth.

No stranger to extreme adventure, Whitty travels the oceanside and underwater world from the Sea of Cortés to Newfoundland to the Galápagos. Her book provides extraordinary armchair entree to gripping adventure, cutting-edge science, and an intimate understanding of our deep blue home.

Synopsis:

A master diver and filmmaker on the mystery, fragility—and heart-stopping adventure—of underwater life in the South Pacific

Julia Whitty paints a mesmerizing, scientifically rich portrait of teeming coral reefs in the Tuamotu Archipelago, the Society Islands, and off the tiny nation of Tuvalu. The Fragile Edge takes us literally beneath the surface of the usual travel narrative — to the underwater equivalent of an African big-game safari, where hammerhead sharks rule a cascading chain of extraordinary underwater from eagle rays to reef sharks, while the sounds of courting humpback whales reverberate throughout the deep.

Equally inspiring for armchair or expert divers, The Fragile Edge illuminates Eastern-influenced diving techniques that transform our understanding of diving from sport to breath-inspired art. Whitty reports on the latest ways in which science extends our understanding of unfathomable waters, opening our eyes to the threats facing coral reefs and to why these fragile oases are vital to human survival.

On the island of Mo‘orea in the South Pacific, she witnesses a group of spinner dolphins caught inside the sieve between barrier reef and coral atoll. In this and scores of other intensely memorable scenes, Whitty emerges as one of our finest writers on the mystery, beauty, and fragility of the underwater ocean world.

About the Author

Julia Whitty is the author of the short story collection A Tortoise for the Queen of Tonga, the title story for which won an O. Henry Award, the Bernice Slot Award for Fiction, and was nominated for a National Magazine Award in 1999. She writes regularly for Harper's, The New Yorker, and other magazines. Whitty has also written and produced over fifty documentaries for PBS (including National Geographic and Nature), the BBC, NHK, and the Arts and Entertainment Network. Her films have been nominated for and won Emmy Awards, Cable Ace awards, CINE Golden Eagles Awards, Golden Apple Awards, Houston International Film Festival Awards, and numerous international awards and honors.

Table of Contents

Contents

Part I: Rangiroa 1. Rapture 3 2. Swimming in the Bellybutton 11 3. The Manysided Lagoon 16 4. Changeover 22 5. Breath Control 28 6. Inside the Turtles Shell 36 7. The Near-Field/Far-Field Boundary 44 8. Eavesdropping 52 9. Big Songs 58 10. The King of Lake Vaihiria 65 11. Impermanence 74 12. The Infinity Pool 81 13. Inshallah 89 14. Poi Dogs 94 15. The Consorting Together of Dissimilar Organisms 103 16. It Furthers One to Cross the Great Water 108 17. The Lemon Shark Affair 114 18. Grand Secret 121

Part II. Funafuti 19. Hideaway 133 20. Falling Dominoes 140 21. Liquid Faultline 147 22. Leave Your Values at the Front Desk 153 23. Little Cemeteries 158 24. Diving the Apocalypse 166 25. Nuptials 173 26. Just Do It 181 27. Beseeching the Wind Horses 187 28. Sinking Dragons 193

Part III. Mo‘orea 29. The Churning of the Ocean 201 30. An Ocean of Silence and Bliss 208 31. The Sleep of Plants 214 32. Living Lanterns 219 33. The Clamor of True Democracy 224 34. The Spirit of Godly Gamesomeness 231 35. Coral Noose 238 36. Mother Ocean 246 37. Fish Tamer 254 38. A Force Like a Hundred Thousand Wedges 259 39. Gleanings 267 40. Across the Threshold 272

Epilogue 277 Notes 282 Glossary 287

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Julia Whitty also wrote the cover story for the May/June issue of Mother Jones magazine.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780618197163
Subtitle:
Diving and Other Adventures in the South Pacific
Author:
Whitty, Julia
Publisher:
Mariner Books
Location:
Boston
Subject:
Fish
Subject:
Scuba & Snorkeling
Subject:
French polynesia
Subject:
Coral reef ecology
Subject:
Oceans & Seas
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
May 2007
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Two b/w maps
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
8 x 5.31 in 1 lb

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"Synopsis" by , Whitty paints a mesmerizing, scientifically rich portrait of teeming coral reefs off Rangiroa in French Polynesia — the underwater equivalent of an African big game safari — where hammerhead sharks rule a cascading chain of extraordinary underwater creatures.
"Synopsis" by ,
In The Fragile Edge, the documentary filmmaker and deep-sea diver Julia Whitty paints a mesmerizing, scientifically rich portrait of teeming coral reefs and sea life in the South Pacific. She takes us literally beneath the surface of the usual travel narrative, in an underwater equivalent of an African big-game safari. Hammerhead sharks rule a cascading chain of extraordinary creatures, from eagle rays to reef sharks, as the sound of courting humpback whales reverberates through the deep.

Inspiring for both armchair and expert divers, The Fragile Edge reveals how science can extend our understanding of unfathomable waters, opening our eyes to the threats facing coral reefs and explaining why these fragile oases are vital to human survival. In this passionate, spiritual narrative of her adventures in the big blue, Julia Whitty emerges as one of our finest writers on the mystery, beauty, and fragility of the undersea world.

"Synopsis" by , At the center ofDeep Blue Homeis Julia Whittys penetrating exploration of the World Ocean as a single body of water connected by a vast and powerful threedimensional current encircling the globe. This undivided body of water profoundly controls and is controlled by Earths climate; its fate determines our own.

Whittys careerfirst in science, later as a documentary filmmaker, and always as a writer and diverhas given her sustained access to the scientists dedicated to the study of an astonishing range of ocean life, from the physiology of “extremophile” life forms to the strategies of nesting seabirds to the ecology of “whale falls,” or what happens in the afterlife of a behemoth.

No stranger to extreme adventure, Whitty travels the oceanside and underwater world from the Sea of Cortés to Newfoundland to the Galápagos. Her book provides extraordinary armchair entree to gripping adventure, cutting-edge science, and an intimate understanding of our deep blue home.

"Synopsis" by ,
A master diver and filmmaker on the mystery, fragility—and heart-stopping adventure—of underwater life in the South Pacific

Julia Whitty paints a mesmerizing, scientifically rich portrait of teeming coral reefs in the Tuamotu Archipelago, the Society Islands, and off the tiny nation of Tuvalu. The Fragile Edge takes us literally beneath the surface of the usual travel narrative — to the underwater equivalent of an African big-game safari, where hammerhead sharks rule a cascading chain of extraordinary underwater from eagle rays to reef sharks, while the sounds of courting humpback whales reverberate throughout the deep.

Equally inspiring for armchair or expert divers, The Fragile Edge illuminates Eastern-influenced diving techniques that transform our understanding of diving from sport to breath-inspired art. Whitty reports on the latest ways in which science extends our understanding of unfathomable waters, opening our eyes to the threats facing coral reefs and to why these fragile oases are vital to human survival.

On the island of Mo‘orea in the South Pacific, she witnesses a group of spinner dolphins caught inside the sieve between barrier reef and coral atoll. In this and scores of other intensely memorable scenes, Whitty emerges as one of our finest writers on the mystery, beauty, and fragility of the underwater ocean world.

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