It’s mid-July, and the high summer season is upon us–Blaine County’s population takes a five-fold jump from spring slack. The July book arrivals are being checked out almost as fast as they hit the shelves. Still remaining on display, an oceanographic triptych from our new non-fiction shelves including works on the natural history of sharks, sperm whales, cephalopods, and sea slime.
Demon Fish has a strong thread of investigative journalism, as the author, Juliet Eilperin, traveled the world to explore the world of sharks. She found cultures where the apex predator co-existed profitably with man, as well as cultural fads (shark-fin harvesting) that are endangering the apex predator across whole ecosystems. Richard Ellis’ exploration of Physeter macrocephalus, The Great Sperm Whale, uses history, art and literary references to round out his natural history. Ellen Prager investigates far more arcane dwellers of the deeps in her book Sex, Drugs and Sea Slime. The lurid title disguises a solid discussion of the importance of the underlying ecosystems supporting sea life, as well as new and slimy sources of biomedical advances, drugs, and food for the future. Next month, a new book by Hardy Jones, Voice of the Dolphins, will explore humans and dolphins and the parallel risks the two species experience from toxic contaminants and destructive fishing techniques.
Getting hot outside? Traffic backing up? Duck in and immerse yourself in Oceania @ the Community Library.