The Sea Around Us was published in 1951 and was an instant success. It was number one on national best-seller lists for 39 weeks. In eleven years The Sea Around Us was translated into 30 languages. People all over the world read it. Soon Carson had enough money to quit her job at the Fish and Wildlife Service. She wanted to spend her time writing, caring for her family, and enjoying her beloved ocean. After the success of The Sea Around Us she decided to re-release her first book, Under the Sea-Wind. Soon it was a best seller too.