Blue Meridian

Blue Meridian

The Search for the Great White Shark

Additional Formats
  • Paperback
  • ISBN 9780140265132
  • 224 Pages
  • Penguin Classics
  • Adult


A classic work of nature and humanity, by renowned writer Peter Matthiessen (1927-2014), author of the National Book Award-winning The Snow Leopard and the new novel In Paradise
National Book Award-winning author Peter Matthiessen takes readers on an expedition to find the most dangerous predator on Earth—the legendary great white shark. On a trek that lasts 17 months 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.

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Blue Meridian

Blue Meridian

Peter Matthiessen


Classic, Nature, Penguin
Peter Matthiessen
Henry David Thoreau
Henry David Thoreau



Peter Matthiessen, award-winning author of more than 30 books, world-renowned naturalist, explorer, Buddhist teacher, and political activist, died on Saturday (4/5/14) after an illness of some… Read more >

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