March 27, 2018
Susan Casey
The Wave
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While swimming off the coast of Maui, Susan Casey was surrounded by a pod of spinner dolphins. It was a profoundly transporting experience, and it inspired her to embark on a two-year global adventure to explore the nature of these remarkable beings and their complex relationship to humanity. No writer is better positioned to portray these magical creatures than Susan Casey, whose combination of personal reporting, intense scientific research, and evocative prose made The Wave and The Devil’s Teeth contemporary classics of writing about the sea. Both books are New York Times bestsellers, with “The Wave” named one of 2010’s Most Notable Books. Her latest book, “Voices in the Ocean: A Journey Into the Wild and Haunting World of Dolphins” became a New York Times bestseller in its first week on sale.

Event Reflection

by Jordan Nielsen

Tuesday, March 27, 2018 – Susan Casey, the New York Times best-selling author visited SUU to present for the A.P.E.X. Event Series. Casey’s presentation was titled The Wave. She discussed in detail her latest book The Wave, and briefly discussed her other two books, Devil’s Teeth and Voices in the Ocean.

After a life-changing experiencing she left the world of magazine writing and turned towards the water. To say that the water is her muse is a gross understatement. Each of her three books took about five years to write. During these years Susan began long journey’s around the globe to see the biggest waves, see the most terrifyingly beautiful great whites, and learn about the deep intricate mind of dolphins.

Susan ended her discussion after noting some of the small changes in the ocean that continually effect all aspects of human-life on the planet.

Even if you never thought you could find a love for the deep ocean, Susan Casey’s words are guaranteed to light a fire within you.

“And as we passed the islands for a final time, I knew that below us things were as they should be. The sharks patrolled and the urchins marched and the rockfish hunkered down for another century or two and the seals look both ways before crossing.”
- Quote from Devil’s Teeth by Susan Casey


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