With a Little Kelp from Our Friends

The Secret Life of Seaweed: History, Culture and Environment


A big, beautifully illustrated historical, cultural and scientific exploration of the planet’s most amazing algae: seaweed. Just don’t call it a plant!


ISBN: 9781760760946 Category:

Mathew Bate


‘A great, easy-to-understand book for kids about how important seaweed is.’ – Tim Flannery

Did you know that feeding seaweed to cows can reduce the methane in their burps and farts by more than half? Or that a forest of kelp absorbs more carbon than a tropical rainforest of the same size? We can even make edible bioplastics from seaweed!

Beyond the tideline, there are around 10,000 types of seaweed. An essential ingredient for life on Earth, seaweed has sustained animals and people for many thousands of years. From ancient history and mythology to modern uses in food, health and medicine, discover how seriously cool seaweed is, and how it can even help tackle climate change.

Complete with a guide to common seaweeds and foraging guidelines, this charmingly illustrated picture book will educate and inspire, and encourage respect for the natural world.

Additional information

Weight 802 g
Dimensions 25.8 x 35.4 cm
Publisher name Thames & Hudson Australia Pty Ltd
Publication date 26 January 2021
Number of pages 64
Format Hardback
Contributors Illustrated by Liz Rowland
Dimensions 25.8 x 35.4 cm
Weight 802 g
Mathew Bate is a writer and poet with an interest in changing the narrative of climate change and how people relate to natural landscapes. Passionate about regenerative agriculture, he has developed a deep affinity for seaweed and its remedial power. Mat is the former co-editor of Matters Journal and his work has been published in Dumbo Feather, Cordite Poetry Review and Gippslandia. He is currently studying regenerative agriculture at Southern Cross University, the first degree of its kind in the world.