DeeperBlue.com got a chance to speak with wife and husband writing team Cathryn Castle Garcia and Gui Garcia at DEMA Show to discuss their book Ocean Metaphor: Unexpected Life Lessons from the Sea.

When we asked about the inspiration for the project, Gui told us about their three-and-a-half-year adventure working on expedition yachts from Florida to Australia. Forty-six thousand nautical miles later, that chapter of their lives was coming to a close and they began to look around for the start of the next one. The new direction became clear when Cathryn had the idea for Ocean Metaphor.

Each section introduces a marine mammal with a scientific description, which is then associated with a human value and a quote illustrating the importance of that quality. The aim is to introduce new creatures and to help humans feel connected and protective of them by drawing a connection between ourselves and the denizens of the deep.

Gui told us:

“It’s not only for the dive community. How can you love something if you don’t know about it?”

In order to realize their vision with the most beautiful images possible, Cathryn and Gui enlisted the creative talent of 16 great underwater photographers who are profiled in the acknowledgements section of the book. It’s a beautiful volume that would be a great addition to any dive library, and the holidays are coming soon…

If you missed them at DEMA Show but you’d like a copy of your own or know someone who’s been very good this year, visit their website and place an order. And keep checking back — the next thing on the horizon is a series of one-minute meditations based on the lessons in the book.

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