Diving for stories in the beckoning sea

Kennedy Warne

A love affair with the underwater world

Longlisted for the 2024 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards

Perhaps the closest a human being comes to visiting another planet is to descend into the sea. In Soundings, Kennedy Warne connects his lifelong exploration of the underwater world with a global story of humanity’s relationship with the sea.

Drawing on more than 20 years of fieldwork for National Geographic, he shares experiences that range from diving with harp seals under the sea ice of the Gulf of St Lawrence to following the legendary ‘sardine run’ along South Africa’s Wild Coast; from watching turret-building ghost crabs in Arabia to witnessing the impact of dynamite fishing in the Philippines; from swimming with crocodiles in the Okavango Delta to finding seahorses on the Eastern Cape.

From myriad underwater encounters a wider conversation emerges about human engagement with the sea. One question dominates: How can we care for and reconnect with the oceans around us?

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‘Vivid, entertaining and instructive encounters with the underwater world’ — John Daly-Peoples, New Zealand Arts Review

 ‘This collection is a gift to those of us who love the sea and feel its call, whether experienced divers and sailors like Warne himself, or those like me who hover at the shoreline in wonder.’ — Gem Wilder, Kete Books

  • CATEGORY: Biography and memoir, Ebooks, Natural history and environment
  • ISBN: 9781991016447
  • ESBN: 9781991016607
  • PUBLISHER: Massey University Press
  • IMPRINT: Massey University Press
  • PUBLISHED: 08/06/2023
  • PAGE EXTENT: 248
  • FORMAT: Soft cover
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Kennedy Warne is the founding editor of New Zealand Geographic and has written extensively for that magazine and for its American counterpart, National Geographic.