Spineless by Juli Berwald


A former ocean scientist goes in pursuit of the slippery story of jellyfish, rediscovering her passion for marine science and the sea's imperiled ecosystems. Jellyfish are an enigma. They have no centralized brain, but they see and feel and react to their environment in complex ways. They look simple, yet their propulsion systems are so advanced that engineers are just learning how to mimic them. They produce some of the deadliest toxins on the p...

Details Spineless

Release DateNov 7th, 2017
PublisherRiverhead Books
GenreNonfiction, Science, Animals, Environment, Nature, Natural History, Autobiography, Memoir

Reviews Spineless

  • Seth
    A fantastic book to understand a species not discussed that often unless you're a marine biologist or a scientist in a connected field. This book is definitely a passion project for the author with cultural history, scientific history, scientific discoveries and so much more. With a genuine grasp and love for her subject, the journey she takes the reader on is a fascinating one.
  • Rachel Smalter Hall
    I was completely charmed by this science memoir about jellyfish and chasing your dreams. Juli Berwald’s love of marine biology was reawakened when she started contributing to National Geographic to help support her family. Quickly becoming obsessed with jellyfish, she set out on an unexpected journey to find out if jellies thrive in climate change — and whether or not that’s disastrous for humans. The result is this audiobook, full of charm...
    I would have never thought that jellyfishes could be so interesting. A dive into this special world that I enjoyed a lot, even if I had no background information on this topic.Non avrei mai pensato che il mondo delle meduse potesse essere cosí interessante. Un tuffo in un argomento che non conoscevo per niente e che mi é piaciuto parecchio!THANKS TO EDELWEISS FOR THE PREVIEW!
  • Nancy
    There is so much to learn from this and it is told in such an entertaining way. I was captivated. There was more about Juli Berwald's personal life than I would expect, but it didn't detract from the fascinating information she shares. I'll be talking about this one for a long time. Thank you to Edelweiss and Riverhead Books for sharing a copy in exchange for my honest review.
  • Nazish
    I am fascinated by Juli Berwald’s passion for Jellyfish. This reads like a travelogue and we learn so much about how our climate affects organisms, but also learn how jellyfish teach us about ourselves and other fields of research.