The Beluga Café: my strange adventure with art, music, and whales in the Far North

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Sierra Club Books, Oct 15, 2002 - Biography & Autobiography - 307 pages
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Animal communication expert Jim Nollman has sung with orcas, plucked a Jew's harp in waters teeming with humpback whales, and shaken rattles in the company of bottlenose dolphins. Now, in this heartfelt and quirky true adventure story, Nollman and two artist friends set out for Canada's vast Mackenzie Delta, electric guitar and underwater sound equipment in tow, to make music with belugas--the elusive white whales of the Arctic.
Traveling the expanses of this beautiful northern land, the three friends unwittingly find themselves at the center of a heated controversy over the Beaufort Sea belugas: Why have the whales stopped coming into the Mackenzie Delta, possibly jeopardizing their own calves, who live the first part of their lives in these shallow, warm waters? As they attempt to unravel the mystery, they encounter various intriguing characters now laying claim to the resources of the Mackenzie Delta region--Native people (who are allowed to hunt the whales), wildlife officials, and oil company engineers--all vividly described by Nollman. Along the way, he also conveys both the wonders and the realities of being deep in the wilderness--experiencing the connectedness of all living things while scratching the bites of the world's most fearsome mosquitos.
With its rich and passionate nature writing evoking lovely and remote landscapes, The Beluga Caf suggests profound metaphors for our time about animal rights and animal intelligence, the role of science in conservation, the politics of extinction, and the place of art in the epic struggle to save the natural world. Animal communication expert Jim Nollman has sung with orcas, plucked a Jew's harp in waters teeming with humpback whales, and shaken rattles in the company of bottlenose dolphins. Now, in this heartfelt and quirky true adventure story, Nollman and two artist friends set out for Canada's vast Mackenzie Delta, electric guitar and underwater sound equipment in tow, to make music with belugas--the elusive white whales of the Arctic.
Traveling the expanses of this beautiful northern land, the three friends unwittingly find themselves at the center of a heated controversy over the Beaufort Sea belugas: Why have the whales stopped coming into the Mackenzie Delta, possibly jeopardizing their own calves, who live the first part of their lives in these shallow, warm waters? As they attempt to unravel the mystery, they encounter various intriguing characters now laying claim to the resources of the Mackenzie Delta region--Native people (who are allowed to hunt the whales), wildlife officials, and oil company engineers--all vividly described by Nollman. Along the way, he also conveys both the wonders and the realities of being deep in the wilderness--experiencing the connectedness of all living things while scratching the bites of the world's most fearsome mosquitos.
With its rich and passionate nature writing evoking lovely and remote landscapes, The Beluga Caf suggests profound metaphors for our time about animal rights and animal intelligence, the role of science in conservation, the politics of extinction, and the place of art in the epic struggle to save the natural world.

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Review: The Beluga Café: My Strange Adventure with Art, Music, and Whales in the Far North

User Review  - Kathleen McRae - Goodreads

This is a true story in which the author goes on a journey to the Beaufort sea to communicate with belugas. Jim Nollman the author is an animal communications expert and has been around the world for ... Read full review

Review: The Beluga Cafe: My Strange Adventure With Art, Music, And Whales In The Far North

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It is as good as the title says: Stories of the north! Read full review

Contents

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The Great Accursed and the Great Sage
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CraneRacing
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About the author (2002)

Jim Nollman has been involved in animal communications research for thirty years and is known around the world for playing music with whales. He directs Interspecies Inc., a nonprofit organization that brings artists into wild places to transform human perceptions about habitat and animals. He is the author of several books of nature writing, including Why We Garden: Cultivating a Sense of Place and The Charged Border: Where Whales and Humans Meet. His CD, Orcas' Greatest Hits, documents wild orcas improvising songs with human musicians. Nollman lives on an island in Puget Sound.