The Whaling Season: An Inside Account Of The Struggle To Stop Commercial Whaling

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Island Press, Jul 17, 2003 - Nature - 348 pages

Despite a decades-long international moratorium on commercial whaling, one fleet has continued to hunt and kill whales in the waters surrounding Antarctica. Refusing to let this defiance go unchallenged, the environmental organization Greenpeace began dispatching expeditions to the region in an effort to intercept the whalers and use nonviolent means to stop their lethal practice.

Over the past decade, Kieran Mulvaney led four such expeditions as a campaigner and coordinator. In The Whaling Season, he recounts those voyages in all their drama, disappointments, strain, and elation, giving readers a behind-the-scenes look at the hazards and triumphs of life as an environmental activist on the high seas. The author also explores the larger struggles underlying the expeditions, drawing on the history of commercial whaling and Antarctic exploration, the development of Greenpeace, and broader scientific and political efforts to conserve marine life. He presents a rich portrait of the current struggles and makes an impassioned plea for protection of some of the world’s most spectacular creatures.

For armchair adventurers, polar enthusiasts, and anyone concerned about marine conservation and continued hunting of the world’s whales, The Whaling Season is an engrossing and informative tale of adventure set in one of the Earth’s last great wilderness areas.
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Contents

Beginnings i
1
South from Singapore
23
Life and Death at the End of the Earth
45
CatandMouse Among the Icebergs
63
Contact
81
A Brief History of the Mismanagement of Whaling
109
Chronicle of a Voyage from Hell
133
Great God This Is an Awful Place
155
A Place Called Paradise
201
Vote Buying Canny Proposals
251
One Last Roll of the Dice
273
Epilogue
297
Cast of Characters
307
Chronology
315
Acknowledgments
331
Copyright

Sanctuary
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