CARIBBEAN RIM

The Gulf Today - Panorama - - Books - by Randy Wayne White

Randy Wayne White’s 25th out­ing with Mar­ion “Doc” Ford ex­cels at its look at Florida his­tory and ecol­ogy — on­go­ing themes that have made this se­ries a strong­hold among read­ers. But in­creas­ingly, the plots have taken a back seat to the Florida mo­tifs as in Caribbean Rim.

The trail of two trea­sure hunters brings Doc to the Ba­hamas. Sure, Doc has an of­fi­cial doc­u­ment au­tho­ris­ing him, but that’s only half the story for this marine bi­ol­o­gist and part-time govern­ment agent.

And as far as fish — and Florida go — Caribbean Rim fills the bill with a visit to the Ocala Na­tional For­est, a stalled re­search project on study of sharks’ re­sponses to the sound of boat en­gines and an ex­pla­na­tion of the value of “am­ber wax,” slang for am­ber­gris, which comes from the belly of whales. And the visit to the Ba­hamas is most wel­comed, too.

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