The Unnatural History Of The Sea
  • The Unnatural History Of The Sea
  • The Unnatural History Of The Sea
ISBN: 1597265772
EAN13: 9781597265775
Language: English
Pages: 456
Dimensions: 1" H x 9" L x 6.1" W
Weight: 1.35 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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Humanity can make short work of the oceans creatures. In 1741, hungry explorers discovered herds of Steller s sea cow in the Bering Strait, and in less than thirty years, the amiable beast had been harpooned into extinction. It s a classic story, but a key fact is often omitted. Bering Island was the last redoubt of a species that had been decimated by hunting and habitat loss years before the
explorers set sail.
As Callum M. Roberts reveals in The Unnatural History of the Sea, the oceans bounty didn t disappear overnight. While today s fishing industry is ruthlessly efficient, intense exploitation began not in the modern era, or even with the dawn of industrialization, but in the eleventh century in medieval Europe. Roberts explores this long and colorful history of commercial fishing, taking readers around the world and through the centuries to witness the transformation of the seas.
Drawing on firsthand accounts of early explorers, pirates, merchants, fishers, and travelers, the book recreates the oceans of the past: waters teeming with whales, sea lions, sea otters, turtles, and giant fish. The abundance of marine life described by fifteenth century seafarers is almost unimaginable today, but Roberts both brings it alive and artfully traces its depletion. Collapsing fisheries, he shows, are simply the latest chapter in a long history of unfettered Read More chevron_right

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