Underwater Wild, a review by Tanya

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Underwater Wild: My Octopus Teacher’s Extraordinary World
Craig Foster, Ross Frylinck
Introduction by Jane Goodall

344 pages
Publishes Nov 16th, 2021 by Mariner Books

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About the Book:

From the creators of the Academy Award-winning documentary My Octopus Teacher, an immersive journey into the underwater world that inspired it—and holds transformative lessons for us all

Craig Foster and Ross Frylinck regularly dive together in the awe-inspiring kelp forests off South Africa, without wetsuits or oxygen tanks. Craig had dived this way for years, including alongside the octopus that inspired My Octopus Teacher. In Ross, he found a kindred spirit, someone who also embraced the ancient methods of acclimating his body to frigid waters, but whose eyes had not yet adjusted to the transcendent wonder Craig saw each time they dove. In the heart-wrenching stories that make up this unforgettable book, we swim alongside Ross as he grows from skeptic to student of the underwater wild. And in the revelatory marine science behind the stunning photos, we learn how to track sea hares, cuttlefish, and limpets, and we witness strange new behaviors never before documented in marine biology. We realize that a whole world of wonder, and an innate wildness within us all, emerge anew when we simply observe.

My Octopus Teacher has captivated millions who long to connect with the natural world. Now, with Underwater Wild, the divers behind the film reveal a new vision of the sea, one full of wonder, new insights into marine biology, and life-changing teachings for even the most land-bound of us.

My Review: 

I think I’m the only person that hasn’t heard about My Octopus Teacher! You could say, I’ve been living under a rock. Get it? (wink, wink)

After reading Underwater Wild, I now have put My Octopus Teacher on my discovery to-do list.

This was an amazing read! Both in the beauty and dangers of the ocean uncovered and described as well as the heartfelt, emotional stories that were shared with the reader by the authors.

The pictures are beautiful as well. Some are the bright, colorful shots you’d see on National Geographic magazines and some are more dark, filled with the true wonders of the ocean. They are all spectacular in their own right and will bring you straight into the world of the oceans of South Africa.

In this day and age where humans are trashing our Earth and depleting all of our planet’s natural resources, it’s researchers like Foster and Frylinck that remind us what we all need to be fighting for. The natural beauty and health of our oceans.

This beautiful book would make a wonderful addition to any ocean lovers’ home. Releasing in November, this book could be perfect for a Christmas gift!

Thank you to #NetGalley for providing this book. I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy and all views expressed are only my honest opinion.

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