Blue Meridian: The Search for the Great White Shark

Blue Meridian: The Search for the Great White Shark➮ [Ebook] ➩ Blue Meridian: The Search for the Great White Shark By Peter Matthiessen ➺ – Jobs-in-kingston.co.uk A classic work of nature and humanity, by renowned writer Peter Matthiessen , author of the National Book Award winning The Snow Leopard and the new novel In Paradise National Book Award winning aut A classic work of nature and humanity, by The Search MOBI ☆ renowned writer Peter Matthiessen , author of the National Book Blue Meridian: eBook ß Award winning The Snow Leopard and the new novel In Paradise National Book Award winning author Peter Matthiessen takes Meridian: The Search Kindle Ø readers on an expedition to find the most dangerous predator on Earth the legendary great white shark On a trek that lastsmonths and takes him from the Caribbean to the whaling grounds off South Africa, and across the Indian Ocean to the South Australian coast, Matthiessen describes the awesome experience of swimming in open water among hundreds of sharks the beauties of strange seas and landscapes and the camaraderie, tension, humor, and frustrations that develop when people continually risking their lives dwell in close proximity day after day Filled with acute observations of natural history in exotic areas around the world, Blue Meridian records a harrowing account of one of the great adventures of our time. For the shark book completist There are surprisingly few narrative works out there about sharks as opposed to handbooks, textbooks, conservation guides, coffee table photo books, etc all great but not exactly filled with story appeal so a work by Matthiessen is something to notice It s dated now, both in terms of its actual facts some of its shark lore we now know to be wrong, Prince Edward Island is not in New Brunswick unless I have gone insane and its social cultural take on things a For the shark book completist There are surprisingly few narrative works out there about sharks as opposed to handbooks, textbooks, conservation guides, coffee table photo books, etc all great but not exactly filled with story appeal so a work by Matthiessen is something to notice It s dated now, both in terms of its actual facts some of its shark lore we now know to be wrong, Prince Edward Island is not in New Brunswick unless I have gone insane and its social cultural take on things apartheid rates a passing mention as a poor system of government, the lone woman diver on board the ship cooks for the men without raising an eyebrow but in some other respects is pretty all right Matthiessen mourns the fact that the Norwegian, Russian, and Japanese whaling industries are eradicating whales and other sea creatures while catching a ride with the Norwegians and he writes gorgeously and vividly about seeing sharks in the wild But overall this has the feel of a lesser work, marred by a macho, entitled worldview that isn t flaunted Matthiessen is too classy for that but that underpins the whole enterprise The voyage he s part of is ostensibly a cultural or research expedition undertaken by a playboy millionaire adventurer, which is nonetheless a transparent effort to win fame and approval by getting underwater footage of the BIGGEST sharks, BIGGER than Cousteau s Folly, and Matthiessen must have known it, but he went along for the ride and wrote this little book, which documentsdays spent futilely searching for sharks than actually encountering them Eventually they do meet up, and late in the book there s a jarring moment when he mentions that one of his fellow divers, a mild mannered Australian, kills as many sharks as he can whenever he s in the water He slits their bellies open with his diving knife, because sharks have attacked two of his friends, killing at least one It s a horrifying example of vengeful privilege and it passes without comment or reflection Matthiessen is an accomplished writer but this is a shallow work Peter Mathiessen Blue Meridian The Search for the Great White Shark provides as useful antidote to the excesses of both sides of the debate Mathiessen is one of our great nature writers and an environmentalist from the days before it became fashionable Peter Gimble invited him along on a trip to South African waters to see if they could get some film footage of great whites from the inside of free floating aluminum cages The plan was to follow whaling ships out of Durban who, after harpooni Peter Mathiessen Blue Meridian The Search for the Great White Shark provides as useful antidote to the excesses of both sides of the debate Mathiessen is one of our great nature writers and an environmentalist from the days before it became fashionable Peter Gimble invited him along on a trip to South African waters to see if they could get some film footage of great whites from the inside of free floating aluminum cages The plan was to follow whaling ships out of Durban who, after harpooning the whale, inflate them with air so they will float and can be towed into shore later On occasions when many sharks have been present, attracted by the blood, a frenzy has erupted that, after six or seven hours, might leave only the backbone C carcharias has a fearsome reputation In Australia the great white is known as the death and numerous documented accounts exist of them attacking small skiffs and dories A good friend of one of the divers on Gimble s trip had been bitten in half by a great white His diver companion had hauled the top half back to shore where he took some photographs which could never be sold because of their gruesome nature before reporting the incident One great white that had been harpooned by a whale boat had a jaw measuring a vertical opening of three feet While in South Africa, the team experienced the lunacy of apartheid Two shipmates from the Cape who had been hired to work on their boat were formally classified as by the South African government, but they were light enough to pass as white and often went to European bars where they were rarely challenged On one evening they were accompanied by the second engineer who looked so black that he was told to leave even though he was officially classified as white but he had forgotten his card that proved it In other words, this weird classification of human beings isn t even efficient, so that in the end all the dull cruelty it has meant for millions will have been in vain A good enough story of expedition chasing after great white sharks, but rather pedestrian and narrow in focus compared to M s classic The Snow Leopard. This was a reread, triggered by some recent trends related to great white sharks their appearance in what seems to be larger numbers than expected off the coast of my home province of Nova Scotia, and their apparent disappearance in the waters off the Cape This book, written in 1970 by the great late natural history writer Peter Matthiessen, raises a good many questions from the deep Matthiessen remarks that great white shark attacks on small boats around Maine and Nova Scotia were commonpla This was a reread, triggered by some recent trends related to great white sharks their appearance in what seems to be larger numbers than expected off the coast of my home province of Nova Scotia, and their apparent disappearance in the waters off the Cape This book, written in 1970 by the great late natural history writer Peter Matthiessen, raises a good many questions from the deep Matthiessen remarks that great white shark attacks on small boats around Maine and Nova Scotia were commonplace news to this Nova Scotian But what is truly jarring is the astonishing lack of knowledge about the Cape populations The book is about a film crew s quest to do the first cage dive with a great white, and it begins off South Africa but off the coast of Durban, where the crew went out with whaling vessels in the hopes of filming sharks attracted to the harpooned leviathans At great cost, they then went to Sri Lanka and Madagascar and finally got the footage they needed off the south Australia coast The end result was the classic documentary Blue Water, White Death But 30 years later, there was a well established white shark cage diving industry in the Cape waters around Gaansbaai and other places nearby My wife and I did such a dive in 2001 and I did a story for Reuters at the time and mentioned the book, which I read then for the first time, noting how it highlighted how little was known about the shark and its range at that time The Cape should have been their first destination So, how did they miss this Is it possible that the great whites were not there in significant numbers then do their populations in some regions rise and fall in response to changing ecological conditions If that is the case, perhaps when the film was being made, there were few great whites off the Cape, just like today Or does it highlight indeed how little we knew about the shark and its habits and range in 1970 I plan to pursue these questions for a story This is another true life adventure that Peter Matthiessen delivers in his methodical, descriptive style that really grounds the reader in place and circumstance I enjoyed the wide geographic sweep of the expeditions and the descriptions of natural history in some really remote parts of the globe The animal that is the focus of the events portrayed, the Great White Shark, is an incredibly magnificent creature and the world s largest predatory fish I first encountered the Great White while r This is another true life adventure that Peter Matthiessen delivers in his methodical, descriptive style that really grounds the reader in place and circumstance I enjoyed the wide geographic sweep of the expeditions and the descriptions of natural history in some really remote parts of the globe The animal that is the focus of the events portrayed, the Great White Shark, is an incredibly magnificent creature and the world s largest predatory fish I first encountered the Great White while reading Susan Casey s Devils Teeth , another highly recommended true life adventure story I almost didn t make it past the first chapter, which was a disturbing look at the whaling industry, but I m glad I did Matthiessen tells an exciting story that relates the exhaustion of film making, the thrill of the chase, cultural inequity, natural wonders, and the awe inspiring great white. A really phenomenal accompaniment to the film Blue Water White Death Very well written A great read. I started reading a book about finding sharks and a behind the scenes journal broke out Too many direct quotes from the divers and crews journals I stopped reading halfway as there was no real thread connecting anything It felt like endless descriptions of people interspersed with second hand news journals about making a documentary. As I mentioned in an earlier post, I m a huge Peter Matthiessen fan, and when a recent featured author in the New York Times By the Book section said that he also was, and mentioned Blue Meridian in particular, I thought I d better give it a look.This book has the virtues of Matthiessen s best non fiction It is superbly written, includes a great deal of arcane information the man was a great researcher, or at least employed one , and it portrays a search for one of nature s most magnificent As I mentioned in an earlier post, I m a huge Peter Matthiessen fan, and when a recent featured author in the New York Times By the Book section said that he also was, and mentioned Blue Meridian in particular, I thought I d better give it a look.This book has the virtues of Matthiessen s best non fiction It is superbly written, includes a great deal of arcane information the man was a great researcher, or at least employed one , and it portrays a search for one of nature s most magnificent and fearsome creatures, not as in Matthiessen s greatest nonfiction book the snow leopard, but the great white shark It s almost as if the post Hemingway generation Matthiessen along with Norman Mailer, James Jones, William Styron, Irwin Shaw, Matthiessen s pal George Plimpton felt some obligation to do adventurous things and write about them, as if measuring themselves against Hemingway s macho past In this case, Matthiessen goes down to observe the Great White in a fairly flimsy metal cage, and also, on various occasions, swims among sharks while they re feeding The idea is that they re busy enough feeding on fish that they won t bother with the humans It s a good theory, and turns out to be true, though the group didn t try it with the Great White But do you really want to test such a theory with your life The stories of what Great Whites have done like attack small boats and overturn them so they could feed on the people inside People actually died that way , and the descriptions of finally encountering them are simultaneously thrilling and terrifying Matthiessen is a marvelous descriptive writer The man was a novelist, of course, so he does a wonderful job of characterizing the various people on the expedition and his encounters with them, also their interactions in a rather difficult environment The expedition was headed by Peter Gimbel, heir to the department store fortune, who wanted to make a documentary about the Great White, and actually did Everything depended on getting good footage of that particular shark, and finally he got spectacular footage But his obsession with it was akin to Ahab s in Moby Dick He travelled to the Caribbean, to the whaling grounds off South Africa, and to Australia He would have gone to hell to get that footage.There s something slightly dilettantish about the whole project, an heir to a fortune who s trying to find something to do with his life so he decides to make a great documentary film He hires an all star crew, great divers, great cinematographers Matthiessen tagged along just to observe One has the feeling that his whole self image is involved But the crew actually killed whales so they could attract Great Whites, and killed other fish as well They killed fish in order to see this other fish, and to satisfy the ego of this lunatic millionaire No one on the expedition questioned that basic premise I found it somehow sickening, just as revolting as all the killing Hemingway did to prove he was a man to himself, apparently Did anyone else care Matthiessen did not become a Buddhist until some years later, so it doesn t seem appropriate to hold up Buddhist standards to this earlier time This adventuresome ideal goes a long way toward explaining the way he wrote about Buddhism he essentially saw it as a heroic venture where he was trying to accomplish something, rather than a religious practice that would lead to a better life Maybe he adjusted as he got older and practicedI m judging by the early book Nine Headed Dragon River Zen Journals 1969 1982 We all tend to be somewhat heroic when we start out.But let s look at what s actually happening in Blue Meridian a man kills a number of whales, and a great number of fish, so he can make a documentary movie and make something out of his life Does that make sense Not to me I think the whales would agree This book had lay on my shelf for some time This year being the 90th birthday of Stan Waterman, one of the books main protoganists, and the death this year of Ron Taylor, another major character in the book I was prompted to finally crack it open The book details the search for the mysterious Great White Shark by an expedition during the 1970 s The story is a true adventure, as very little was know about this animal during the time The book is also a great representation of politics during This book had lay on my shelf for some time This year being the 90th birthday of Stan Waterman, one of the books main protoganists, and the death this year of Ron Taylor, another major character in the book I was prompted to finally crack it open The book details the search for the mysterious Great White Shark by an expedition during the 1970 s The story is a true adventure, as very little was know about this animal during the time The book is also a great representation of politics during the time period Side plots deal with whaling still legal at the time and the apartheid system which the team encounters when they visit South Africa All the characters in the book would go on to be major explorers of the undersea world in the future It is a shame that as the years pass, we lose these incredible personalities I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys adventure travel writing, in particular undersea adventure A great book

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    Blue Meridian: The Search for the Great White Shark Epub trek that lastsmonths and takes him from the Caribbean to the whaling grounds off South Africa, and across the Indian Ocean to the South Australian coast, Matthiessen describes the awesome experience of swimming in open water among hundreds of sharks the beauties of strange seas and landscapes and the camaraderie, tension, humor, and frustrations that develop when people continually risking their lives dwell in close proximity day after day Filled with acute observations of natural history in exotic areas around the world, Blue Meridian records a harrowing account of one of the great adventures of our time. For the shark book completist There are surprisingly few narrative works out there about sharks as opposed to handbooks, textbooks, conservation guides, coffee table photo books, etc all great but not exactly filled with story appeal so a work by Matthiessen is something to notice It s dated now, both in terms of its actual facts some of its shark lore we now know to be wrong, Prince Edward Island is not in New Brunswick unless I have gone insane and its social cultural take on things a For the shark book completist There are surprisingly few narrative works out there about sharks as opposed to handbooks, textbooks, conservation guides, coffee table photo books, etc all great but not exactly filled with story appeal so a work by Matthiessen is something to notice It s dated now, both in terms of its actual facts some of its shark lore we now know to be wrong, Prince Edward Island is not in New Brunswick unless I have gone insane and its social cultural take on things apartheid rates a passing mention as a poor system of government, the lone woman diver on board the ship cooks for the men without raising an eyebrow but in some other respects is pretty all right Matthiessen mourns the fact that the Norwegian, Russian, and Japanese whaling industries are eradicating whales and other sea creatures while catching a ride with the Norwegians and he writes gorgeously and vividly about seeing sharks in the wild But overall this has the feel of a lesser work, marred by a macho, entitled worldview that isn t flaunted Matthiessen is too classy for that but that underpins the whole enterprise The voyage he s part of is ostensibly a cultural or research expedition undertaken by a playboy millionaire adventurer, which is nonetheless a transparent effort to win fame and approval by getting underwater footage of the BIGGEST sharks, BIGGER than Cousteau s Folly, and Matthiessen must have known it, but he went along for the ride and wrote this little book, which documentsdays spent futilely searching for sharks than actually encountering them Eventually they do meet up, and late in the book there s a jarring moment when he mentions that one of his fellow divers, a mild mannered Australian, kills as many sharks as he can whenever he s in the water He slits their bellies open with his diving knife, because sharks have attacked two of his friends, killing at least one It s a horrifying example of vengeful privilege and it passes without comment or reflection Matthiessen is an accomplished writer but this is a shallow work Peter Mathiessen Blue Meridian The Search for the Great White Shark provides as useful antidote to the excesses of both sides of the debate Mathiessen is one of our great nature writers and an environmentalist from the days before it became fashionable Peter Gimble invited him along on a trip to South African waters to see if they could get some film footage of great whites from the inside of free floating aluminum cages The plan was to follow whaling ships out of Durban who, after harpooni Peter Mathiessen Blue Meridian The Search for the Great White Shark provides as useful antidote to the excesses of both sides of the debate Mathiessen is one of our great nature writers and an environmentalist from the days before it became fashionable Peter Gimble invited him along on a trip to South African waters to see if they could get some film footage of great whites from the inside of free floating aluminum cages The plan was to follow whaling ships out of Durban who, after harpooning the whale, inflate them with air so they will float and can be towed into shore later On occasions when many sharks have been present, attracted by the blood, a frenzy has erupted that, after six or seven hours, might leave only the backbone C carcharias has a fearsome reputation In Australia the great white is known as the death and numerous documented accounts exist of them attacking small skiffs and dories A good friend of one of the divers on Gimble s trip had been bitten in half by a great white His diver companion had hauled the top half back to shore where he took some photographs which could never be sold because of their gruesome nature before reporting the incident One great white that had been harpooned by a whale boat had a jaw measuring a vertical opening of three feet While in South Africa, the team experienced the lunacy of apartheid Two shipmates from the Cape who had been hired to work on their boat were formally classified as by the South African government, but they were light enough to pass as white and often went to European bars where they were rarely challenged On one evening they were accompanied by the second engineer who looked so black that he was told to leave even though he was officially classified as white but he had forgotten his card that proved it In other words, this weird classification of human beings isn t even efficient, so that in the end all the dull cruelty it has meant for millions will have been in vain A good enough story of expedition chasing after great white sharks, but rather pedestrian and narrow in focus compared to M s classic The Snow Leopard. This was a reread, triggered by some recent trends related to great white sharks their appearance in what seems to be larger numbers than expected off the coast of my home province of Nova Scotia, and their apparent disappearance in the waters off the Cape This book, written in 1970 by the great late natural history writer Peter Matthiessen, raises a good many questions from the deep Matthiessen remarks that great white shark attacks on small boats around Maine and Nova Scotia were commonpla This was a reread, triggered by some recent trends related to great white sharks their appearance in what seems to be larger numbers than expected off the coast of my home province of Nova Scotia, and their apparent disappearance in the waters off the Cape This book, written in 1970 by the great late natural history writer Peter Matthiessen, raises a good many questions from the deep Matthiessen remarks that great white shark attacks on small boats around Maine and Nova Scotia were commonplace news to this Nova Scotian But what is truly jarring is the astonishing lack of knowledge about the Cape populations The book is about a film crew s quest to do the first cage dive with a great white, and it begins off South Africa but off the coast of Durban, where the crew went out with whaling vessels in the hopes of filming sharks attracted to the harpooned leviathans At great cost, they then went to Sri Lanka and Madagascar and finally got the footage they needed off the south Australia coast The end result was the classic documentary Blue Water, White Death But 30 years later, there was a well established white shark cage diving industry in the Cape waters around Gaansbaai and other places nearby My wife and I did such a dive in 2001 and I did a story for Reuters at the time and mentioned the book, which I read then for the first time, noting how it highlighted how little was known about the shark and its range at that time The Cape should have been their first destination So, how did they miss this Is it possible that the great whites were not there in significant numbers then do their populations in some regions rise and fall in response to changing ecological conditions If that is the case, perhaps when the film was being made, there were few great whites off the Cape, just like today Or does it highlight indeed how little we knew about the shark and its habits and range in 1970 I plan to pursue these questions for a story This is another true life adventure that Peter Matthiessen delivers in his methodical, descriptive style that really grounds the reader in place and circumstance I enjoyed the wide geographic sweep of the expeditions and the descriptions of natural history in some really remote parts of the globe The animal that is the focus of the events portrayed, the Great White Shark, is an incredibly magnificent creature and the world s largest predatory fish I first encountered the Great White while r This is another true life adventure that Peter Matthiessen delivers in his methodical, descriptive style that really grounds the reader in place and circumstance I enjoyed the wide geographic sweep of the expeditions and the descriptions of natural history in some really remote parts of the globe The animal that is the focus of the events portrayed, the Great White Shark, is an incredibly magnificent creature and the world s largest predatory fish I first encountered the Great White while reading Susan Casey s Devils Teeth , another highly recommended true life adventure story I almost didn t make it past the first chapter, which was a disturbing look at the whaling industry, but I m glad I did Matthiessen tells an exciting story that relates the exhaustion of film making, the thrill of the chase, cultural inequity, natural wonders, and the awe inspiring great white. A really phenomenal accompaniment to the film Blue Water White Death Very well written A great read. I started reading a book about finding sharks and a behind the scenes journal broke out Too many direct quotes from the divers and crews journals I stopped reading halfway as there was no real thread connecting anything It felt like endless descriptions of people interspersed with second hand news journals about making a documentary. As I mentioned in an earlier post, I m a huge Peter Matthiessen fan, and when a recent featured author in the New York Times By the Book section said that he also was, and mentioned Blue Meridian in particular, I thought I d better give it a look.This book has the virtues of Matthiessen s best non fiction It is superbly written, includes a great deal of arcane information the man was a great researcher, or at least employed one , and it portrays a search for one of nature s most magnificent As I mentioned in an earlier post, I m a huge Peter Matthiessen fan, and when a recent featured author in the New York Times By the Book section said that he also was, and mentioned Blue Meridian in particular, I thought I d better give it a look.This book has the virtues of Matthiessen s best non fiction It is superbly written, includes a great deal of arcane information the man was a great researcher, or at least employed one , and it portrays a search for one of nature s most magnificent and fearsome creatures, not as in Matthiessen s greatest nonfiction book the snow leopard, but the great white shark It s almost as if the post Hemingway generation Matthiessen along with Norman Mailer, James Jones, William Styron, Irwin Shaw, Matthiessen s pal George Plimpton felt some obligation to do adventurous things and write about them, as if measuring themselves against Hemingway s macho past In this case, Matthiessen goes down to observe the Great White in a fairly flimsy metal cage, and also, on various occasions, swims among sharks while they re feeding The idea is that they re busy enough feeding on fish that they won t bother with the humans It s a good theory, and turns out to be true, though the group didn t try it with the Great White But do you really want to test such a theory with your life The stories of what Great Whites have done like attack small boats and overturn them so they could feed on the people inside People actually died that way , and the descriptions of finally encountering them are simultaneously thrilling and terrifying Matthiessen is a marvelous descriptive writer The man was a novelist, of course, so he does a wonderful job of characterizing the various people on the expedition and his encounters with them, also their interactions in a rather difficult environment The expedition was headed by Peter Gimbel, heir to the department store fortune, who wanted to make a documentary about the Great White, and actually did Everything depended on getting good footage of that particular shark, and finally he got spectacular footage But his obsession with it was akin to Ahab s in Moby Dick He travelled to the Caribbean, to the whaling grounds off South Africa, and to Australia He would have gone to hell to get that footage.There s something slightly dilettantish about the whole project, an heir to a fortune who s trying to find something to do with his life so he decides to make a great documentary film He hires an all star crew, great divers, great cinematographers Matthiessen tagged along just to observe One has the feeling that his whole self image is involved But the crew actually killed whales so they could attract Great Whites, and killed other fish as well They killed fish in order to see this other fish, and to satisfy the ego of this lunatic millionaire No one on the expedition questioned that basic premise I found it somehow sickening, just as revolting as all the killing Hemingway did to prove he was a man to himself, apparently Did anyone else care Matthiessen did not become a Buddhist until some years later, so it doesn t seem appropriate to hold up Buddhist standards to this earlier time This adventuresome ideal goes a long way toward explaining the way he wrote about Buddhism he essentially saw it as a heroic venture where he was trying to accomplish something, rather than a religious practice that would lead to a better life Maybe he adjusted as he got older and practicedI m judging by the early book Nine Headed Dragon River Zen Journals 1969 1982 We all tend to be somewhat heroic when we start out.But let s look at what s actually happening in Blue Meridian a man kills a number of whales, and a great number of fish, so he can make a documentary movie and make something out of his life Does that make sense Not to me I think the whales would agree This book had lay on my shelf for some time This year being the 90th birthday of Stan Waterman, one of the books main protoganists, and the death this year of Ron Taylor, another major character in the book I was prompted to finally crack it open The book details the search for the mysterious Great White Shark by an expedition during the 1970 s The story is a true adventure, as very little was know about this animal during the time The book is also a great representation of politics during This book had lay on my shelf for some time This year being the 90th birthday of Stan Waterman, one of the books main protoganists, and the death this year of Ron Taylor, another major character in the book I was prompted to finally crack it open The book details the search for the mysterious Great White Shark by an expedition during the 1970 s The story is a true adventure, as very little was know about this animal during the time The book is also a great representation of politics during the time period Side plots deal with whaling still legal at the time and the apartheid system which the team encounters when they visit South Africa All the characters in the book would go on to be major explorers of the undersea world in the future It is a shame that as the years pass, we lose these incredible personalities I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys adventure travel writing, in particular undersea adventure A great book "/>
  • Unknown Binding
  • 204 pages
  • Blue Meridian: The Search for the Great White Shark
  • Peter Matthiessen
  • English
  • 15 June 2019
  • 0394462165