At the lonely center of the largest ocean lies a group of islands brimming with wildlife. And there, like a feathered nation, half a million goose-sized albatross chicks await foraging parents who may be gone for weeks in search of food. In their realm, whales, sea turtles, sharks, and shearwaters flourish in their own quotidian rhythms. Our narrator in this extraordinary place is Carl Safina; his guide and inspiration is Amelia, a hardworking parent albatross wearing a state-of-the-art satellite tracking transmitter.
Weaving the albatross’s metaphorical and real-life powers, Safina blends literature, history, adventure, science, and in-the-moment action. Amelia’s travels through space and time connect us with the explorers and hunters–including Charles Darwin, Herman Melville, and James Cook–who first penetrated the remote and forbidding albatross realms. This perspective and authoritative portrait results in a transforming ride to the ends of the Earth for the reader, as well as an eye-opening look at the health of our oceans.