Harpoon: Into the Heart of Whaling

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Da Capo Press, 2007 - Nature - 300 pages
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From one-hundred-fifty-ton barnacled Blues to the sleek, embattled Minke, whales have been hunted worldwide to near extinction. Despite efforts to halt the killing, the future of these majestic mammals-known as “mind in the water”-is again in jeopardy. With passion and engaging detail, Andrew Darby profiles each species of whale and its place in this great drama. From the wooden harpoons of aboriginals in “cockleshell” vessels, to the high-tech killing machines of today’s lawless Russian whalers and smooth-talking Japanese “scientific” crews, Darby chronicles the evolving pursuit of whales and its significance to our humanity. Fans of well-written history, as well as those fascinated by whales and the fierce international conflict surrounding them, will be swept into the very heart of whaling.

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User Review  - kenno82 - LibraryThing

Harpoon is an interesting account of the anti-whaling movement and the evolution of the International Whaling Commission. Told from an anti-whaling, Australian perspective, Darby describes the dark ... Read full review

HARPOON: Into the Heart of Whaling

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

Sydney Morning Herald reporter Darby ventures from Tasmania and Japan to Antarctica and Mexico as he tracks the ongoing destruction of the world's whale population.Despite the 1986 moratorium on ... Read full review



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Andrew Darby, reporter on environmental issues and Antarctica for the Sydney Morning Herald (Australia), has covered whaling, whales, and their effect on people for 20 years. He lives in Hobart, Tasmania.

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