Under the Sea-Wind
- Paperback (BC)
- 01 Sep 2014
- Unicorn Press
Under the Sea Wind describes the behaviour of fish and seabirds in story form, often using the scientific names of species as character names. Carson’s stated goal in doing so was “to make the sea and its life as vivid a reality for those who may read the book as it has become for me during the past decade.” The first of her characters is introduced this way: With the dusk a strange bird came to the island from its nesting grounds on the outer banks. Its wings were pure black, and from tip to tip their spread was more than the length of a man’s arm. It flew steadily and without haste across the sound, its progress as measured and as meaningful as that of the shadows which little by little were dulling the bright water path. The bird was called Rynchops, the black skimmer. The middle section of the book follows the life-story of Scomber, the mackerel, while the last part describes pond creatures such as eels and ducks.
Rachel Louise Carson (1907-1964) was an American marine biologist, conservationist and writer whose work brought environmental concerns to a global audience and inspired grassroots environmental movements throughout the world. Under the Sea- Wind is the second part in Carson’s Sea Trilogy.