Brenda Peterson was born on a national forest. The first time she saw the ocean she ran right into it. Ever since then, she studied marine mammals. Her 16 books include the National Geographic book Sightings: The Gray Whales' Mysterious Journey and the award-winning Build Me an Ark: A Life with Animals. Her recent memoir, I Want to be Left Behind: Finding Rapture Here on Earth was named a "Top Ten Best Non-fiction Book" by The Christian Science Monitor.
She is the co-founder of the grassroots organization Seal Sitters Marine Mammal Stranding Network and lives on the Salish Sea in Seattle, Washington.
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The minute Robin saw a photograph appear like magic in a tray of liquid in her older brother's basement darkroom, she was hooked. Like a pint-sized paparazzi, she began stalking anything that moved with her Brownie Starmite camera. She studied fine art and commercial photography, spending the majority of her adult life in darkened studios and darkrooms.
A chance and profound encounter with a harbor seal pup changed her life forever. Co-founder of Seal Sitters, she has dedicated herself to protecting wildlife and capturing their beauty and mystery in imagery. Her work is seen in books, magazines, text books, and tv and web media. Contact Robin
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