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What to Read on World Oceans Day

Today is World Oceans Day. To celebrate we’ve compiled this reading list of some of our ocean related titles. Ribbon of Sand: The Amazing Convergence of the Ocean and the Outer Banks By John Alexander, James Lazell “Leaves the reader with a clear sense of place and an understanding of the forces of wind and water.”—Publishers Weekly “This is a guidebook to… Continue Reading What to Read on World Oceans Day

Excerpt: Gulf Stream Chronicles, by David S. Lee

I looked up in time to see a flying fish sailing past at eye level, 15 feet above the water. Turning to Captain Harry Baum, I asked whether any had ever landed in this boat. While he was telling me that in 26 years of fishing in the Gulf Stream, that had never happened, an 11-inch-long flying fish crash-landed on the deck below. I rushed down, secured my prize, and hurried back to the bridge to ask Captain Baum if his boat had ever been struck by lightning. What I thought was the best one-liner of the day was not appreciated. The captain proceeded to recount the times his boat had been struck, how insurance companies refused to insure electrical navigational equipment, and how, when . . . well, you get the idea.

During the warm months, flying fish are commonly seen in the Gulf Stream off North Carolina. So at times when there is not much going on aboard ship, and when other creatures of the open sea are scarce, I watch fish fly. Continue Reading Excerpt: Gulf Stream Chronicles, by David S. Lee