250 pages, illustrations
Gaia Calls reveals a life well lived by one of the world s leading marine explorers, Wade Doak. Starting out as a treasure hunter, Wade Doak takes us on a journey from his first discovery of the sunken treasure of the Elingamite to his very personal discovery of the oneness of the natural world and all life in it. Gaia Calls compiles memoirs and descriptions of Wade Doak s life as a young man in the Solomon Islands living among the islanders, to years of dolphin research, diving adventures, and more. Wade s adventures begin with his wife, Jan, living with atoll dwellers and the shark callers of Laulasi in the Solomon Islands, move to his discovery that interspecies communication can exist with patience, focus, and respect for the natural world, then lead to his profound work with several species of wild dolphins. His meetings with his Maori friends reinforces his understanding that a great deal is to be learned from our indigenous neighbours, who hold a huge store of knowledge that has recently become more available to the Western world as our own way of life becomes less and less sustainable. Finally, we read of his explorations of his beloved New Zealand.
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