Nobody needs to convince you that the ocean is vast.
Readers who share Trethewey’s belief that “the ocean’s story is also our own” will be more likely to pick up this volume.
Many of us understand her launching spot:
“The watery surface is a place of transit and trade; the sea floor a place of connection, finance, communication, and untold riches. All these unfathomable connections lead to a greater story of change just beyond the horizon.”
And we might think that we know all we need to know about the ocean.
Trethewey, too, was drilled as a student, on the names of the seven oceans.
Which raises an excellent point: there is actually only one ocean and how differently might we think of the world today, if only we had been taught, as younger people, a perspective of interconnection.
What I really enjoy about Trethewey’s work is how she spools outward, from the story of one or two individuals into matters of global importance.
But, as with Ian Urbina’s The Outlaw Ocean, I loved discovering the topics that the author explores, simply by turning the page. So I don’t want to spoil that sense of “discovery” for other readers.
Instead, here are some random facts gleaned from The Imperilled Ocean, that intrigued me: