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October 07, 2008

Tuna: A Love Story, Author Richard Ellis Tells a Cautionary Tuna Tale

Lecture and Book Signing,
Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture,
Thurs., Oct. 30, 2008, 7 pm

Seattle –Marine conservationist Richard Ellis will present his new book, Tuna: A Love Story, at the Burke Museum on Thursday, October 30 at 7 pm. A celebrated marine artist and author, Ellis combines drawings, photographs, and comprehensive research to illustrate threats to the majestic and highly coveted bluefin tuna.Ellis will give a full-scale slide show, share personal stories from his research experience, and sign copies of his book.

The bluefin tuna is the fast-swimming target of the insatiable sushi market.Tuna: A Love Story is written for a broad audience concerned with species conservation.Ellis draws an appalling picture of tuna ranches in the world’s oceans, tuna slaughtering methods, disregard for international set catch quotas, and the mercury content of the various tuna species.null

Tuna: A Love Story was released in July and has already met with acclaim.According to New York Post reviewer Kate Christensen, Ellis writes "eloquently, even passionately, of the tuna’s beauty and power, its life cycles and migratory habits.” Brad Matsen, author of Fishing up North: Stories of Luck and Loss in Alaskan Waters, calls Tuna: A Love Story Ellis's "best book yet,” taking us "from the succulent red square of maguro to the tragic truth about giant bluefin tuna.” Publishers Weekly proclaims, "Ellis covers everything one could want to know about the biggest, fastest, warmest-bodied fish in the world."

Ellis, the author of more than a dozen books, has written and illustrated articles for numerous magazines, including Audubon,National Geographic, Discover, Smithsonian, and Scientific American.His marine paintings have been exhibited in museums and galleries around the world.

Tickets for this event are available by calling 206-543-9681. Tickets are free for Burke members and $5 for the general public.Advance reservations are strongly recommended.

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