Quick Reads

    Book Review: Venomous
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    Sea creatures of our nightmares come alive in a biologist’s exploration of the power of their poison.

    In South Africa, Colonialism Was Written on Stone
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    An ocher painting of a ship from the early 18th century serves as a visual reminder of the clash between indigenous peoples and settlers.

    He’s Got the Whole Coast in His Hand
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    One-of-a-kind handheld maps of Greenland are an early example of the intimate relationship the Inuit have with their landscape.

    Five Fishy Cases of Seafood Fraud
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    Fancy some fake caviar, imaginary fish, and sushi made from an endangered species?

    The Dark Side of Lighthouses
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    Mouthfuls of molten lead, wild weather, and insanity: the occupational hazards of an early lighthouse keeper.

    Book Review: How to Read Water
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    A poetic treatise on the art of natural navigation.

    Book Review: Finding Franklin
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    Teasing the fate of Sir John Franklin’s expedition from the frozen Arctic has been an obsession of searchers since 1854.

    The Unexpected Discovery of Anaphylaxis
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    How the sting of the Portuguese man-of-war led to one of the most significant medical advances rooted in oceanographic work.

    The Ugly Mermaid
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    Long before Mary Shelley dreamed up Frankenstein, Japanese fishermen were cobbling together the ugliest mermaid monsters you’ll ever see.

    The Japanese Art of Sharing News
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    A mélange of art, news, and propaganda, woodblock prints spread the word on everything from tsunamis to the latest fashion.

    Book Review: At Sea with the Marine Birds of the Raincoast
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    A biologist delves into the world of seabirds on the British Columbia coast.

    Five Ways to Float Your Boat
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    Big ships are built on land. Here are five ways to get them in the water.

    Old Coast, New Coast: Petty Harbour, Newfoundland
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    Remembering and revitalizing the “rooms” of a fishing village.

    Book Review: The Killer Whale Who Changed the World
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    Author Mark Leiren-Young traces the killer whale’s trajectory from reviled to revered.

    Living in a Bubble
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    These five organisms find home in sea foam.

    Book Review: What a Fish Knows
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    From using tools to faking orgasms, fish can do more than most people realize.

    When History Washes Ashore
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    Rubber duckies now, duckey stones then: lost cargo from the pre-plastic generation.

    Two Sides of One Mask
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    A painted wooden clam mask celebrates the home and history of the Heiltsuk First Nation.

    Attack of the Cartographic Land Octopus
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    Far from just a way to avoid getting lost, maps have also been used as a means of persuasion.

    Book Review: Holy Mōlī
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    Author Hob Osterlund introduces readers to the fabled seabirds—and her guardian spirits—through an offshoot population on Kaua‘i.

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