By Beth Clark • June 07, 2018
We celebrate a lot of random and often silly holidays here at ThriftBooks, but World Oceans Day is one that we take seriously, and not just because we sell books about it (though we do that too). From its proposed inception in 1992 (thank you, Canada!) to its official UN adoption in 2008, World Oceans Day has given humans an opportunity to celebrate, protect, conserve, and learn about why healthy oceans are critical to all of earth's inhabitants, land, and sea alike. (We're called the blue planet for a reason, yo!)
93,000+ species call reefs home, but besides being beautiful and biodiverse playgrounds that provides artistic and literary inspiration, reefs and oceans do super important things, like:
World Oceans Day is about EVERYTHING ocean, so here are a few book picks for grownups and kids that will make you think and hopefully inspire you (plus make you laugh a little).
Paul Nicklen is a marine biologist and NatGeo photographer who grew up in a tiny Inuit village in Northern Canada, making him uniquely qualified to further the cause of ocean conservation and tell the heartfelt stories that compel the rest of us to pay attention. For Nicklen, it's personal, and his bold expeditions blend art and science as they plunge him into freezing seas to capture unprecedented, up-close, and sometimes seemingly borderline insane documentation of the lives of leopard seals, whales, walruses, polar bears, bearded seals, and narwhals.
If you've ever wondered why humpback whales sing (or what they're saying), Moore's hilarious answer to both is a must-read for cetacean lovers with a twisted sense of humor: One day when marine behavioral biologist Nate Quinn and his crew are poking, charting, recording, and photographing very big, wet, gray marine mammals, a whale lifts its tail into the air to display a cryptic message spelled out in foot-high letters: "Bite me." (It only gets better from there.)
For aspiring oceanographers, photographers, journalists, and anyone else who wants to learn how to document the moment while being in the moment (in nature, in the elements), Hopkins is one of the world's best, and his book is an amazing technical and inspirational resource that's as beautiful as it is practical.
Known to millions of readers of The Perfect Storm as the captain of the Hannah Boden, the Andrea Gail's sister ship, Greenlaw is also known as one of the best sea captains on the East Coast. Here she offers an adventure-soaked tale of her own, complete with danger, humor, and characters so colorful they seem to have been ripped from the pages of Moby Dick.
Dive in and discover the watery world covering most of our earth and the amazing wildlife in its depths through images, maps, and text. From the shore to the darkest depths of the ocean floor, learn about predators and prey, gas and oil exploration, products of the ocean, brave explorers, and what humans can do to help preserve one of the earth's most valuable resources.
Dive into the ocean in this noisy rhyming romp from the international bestselling author of Giraffes Can't Dance. Bursting with bold illustrations and favorite sea creatures, including sharks, whales, octopuses, this is a fantastic picture book to read aloud and share with young children.
2018's action focus is preventing plastic pollution, so please do whatever you can to help clean them up and reduce the amount of plastics you use!