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Life Under the Sea

Sea creatures, from invertebrates to whales, play a huge role in the culture, food and economics of Unangam Tanaa, the Aleutian Islands. We put together this playlist of audiobooks of some of our favorite marine animals that we hope you will enjoy.

Playlist Tags: Museum of the Aleutians genre: Nonfiction topic: animals topic: sealife

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The Shark’s Paintbrush

Biomimicry and How Nature Is Inspiring Innovation

By Jay Harman
Narrated by: Steven Crossley
Length: 11 hours 51 minutes

Why does the bumblebee have better aerodynamicsthan a 747? What structural design is shared by a tornado and a blood vessel?

Sincethe Industrial Revolution, manufacturers have built things by a process knownas “heat, beat, and treat.” They use enormous amounts of energy to heat rawmaterial, shape it with heavy machinery, and maintain its design,...

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A Biography of the Fish that Changed the World

By Mark Kurlansky
Narrated by: Richard Davidson
Length: 7 hours 38 minutes

Author Mark Kurlansky pleasantly surprised the world with this engaging best-seller that garnered rave reviews from critics and casual readers alike. His subject for this whimsical biography is the codfish, a species remarkable for its influence on humanity. Cod, Kurlansky argues, has driven economic, political, cultural and military thinking... Read more »

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The Breath of a Whale

The Science and Spirit of Pacific Ocean Giants

By Leigh Calvez
Narrated by: Karen White
Length: 7 hours 53 minutes

From the author of The Hidden Lives of Owls, an exploration of the elusive lives of whales in the Pacific Ocean, home to orcas, humpbacks, sperm, blue, and gray whales.

Leigh Calvez has spent a dozen years researching, observing, and probing the lives of the giants of the deep. Here, she relates the stories of nature's most remarkable... Read more »

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The Human, the Orchid, and the Octopus

Exploring and Conserving Our Natural World

By Jacques Cousteau & Susan Schiefelbein
Narrated by: Stephen Hoye
Length: 12 hours 58 minutes

Part adventure story, part manifesto, this is legendary ocean explorer Jacques Cousteau's passionate plea for sustaining life on earth.

Explorer, diving pioneer, filmmaker, inventor, and activist, Jacques Cousteau was blessed from his childhood with boundless curiosity about the natural world. As the leader of fascinating, often dangerous... Read more »

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The Soul of an Octopus

A Surprising Exploration into the Wonder of Consciousness

By Sy Montgomery
Length: 9 hours 10 minutes

In this astonishing book from the author of the best selling memoir The Good Good Pig, Sy Montgomery explores the emotional and physical world of the octopus—a surprisingly complex, intelligent, and spirited creature—and the remarkable connections it makes with humans. Read more »

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