What to Read on World Ocean Day: Ocean Conservancy Picks Eco-Thriller Eye of the Whale
SANTA BARBARA, Calif., May 25 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Ocean Conservancy tapped eco-thriller Eye of the Whale by Douglas Carlton Abrams as the inaugural read for their new book club the OC Bookshelf. Moreover, Abrams was the keynote speaker at the group’s international conference held in April 2010 in Cancun, Mexico.
Dennis Kelso, executive vice president of Ocean Conservancy says, “This is a great read for World Ocean Day on June 8 because Eye of the Whale confronts questions about the future of ocean life, while it engages us in our own race to survive. Read it for the realities it reveals, but love it because it is such a good story.”
As current headlines point to the Gulf oil spill, potential reversal of the 1986 Ban on Commercial Whaling, plastic islands in the ocean, collapsing fisheries from overfishing, and toxins in fish, Eye of the Whale is also being utilized by other marine scientists and advocates for it’s ability to show the larger story of the dangers that face our oceans.
In April 2010, the Wetsus Conference in the Netherlands, (a gathering of 170 scientists and technologists from 14 universities and 80 companies in Europe who are working to ensure sustainable water for the world) highlighted Abrams as their keynote speaker. Gert-Jan Euverink, Deputy Science Director of Wetsus says, “We selected Doug Abrams to speak to us, because his novel brings to life the big picture of why we are devoting our lives to inventing new water technology to prevent pollution of sea and fresh water environments. Stories show us how all the facts fit together.”
And the media is catching on. Abrams and Theo Colburn (author of Our Stolen Future and commonly referred to as “today’s Rachel Carson”) were recently interviewed together on the “NPR’s Here and Now.”
Eye of the Whale is an ecological thriller about Elizabeth McKay, a marine biologist who risks everything to rescue a trapped whale and discover the meaning of its mysterious song. As powerful forces seek to stop her, she discovers the true impact of toxins and the danger they pose to ourselves, our children, and the planet as a whole. As her research and its implications for human survival capture the media’s interest and the world’s imagination, Elizabeth is forced to decide if her discoveries are worth risking her marriage, her career, and possibly her life.
For more information, interview, book club and speaking invitation requests contact Ashley Anderson 805-964-9505 or www.DouglasCarltonAbrams.com