Among Whales

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Scribner, 1995 - Science - 431 pages
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Among Whales presents the state of our most advanced knowledge about whales, but in doing so also embraces a rich variety of subjects and disciplines. It is a work of biology - cetacean, marine, and human; of exploration of sociology, of cultural mythology, of philosophy, and most certainly, of literature. As Payne takes us on a journey from the home territory we thought we knew and across the spectrum of life forms, we realize we are also on a journey of the heart, of discovery about the larger questions of life on earth. Among Whales addresses a broad scope of important and penetrating questions: How will the evolving composition of seawater affect life on earth? What is the device by which whales sing, and why do they do it? How can we know that whales use rhyme if we don't understand their language? For what purposes do dolphins use their unparalleled large and complex brains? What is the purpose of the human brain? What is the nature of wilderness? How and why do creatures come together in peace? Among Whales is unique in its scholarly integrity and breadth of vision, biologically absorbing and humanly rich.

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User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

Befitting a creature with a heart weighing six tons, freelance writer and biologist Payne brings a lot of love, an encyclopedic knowledge, and an expansive imagination to this exquisitely written ... Read full review

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You don't have to be a biologist to enjoy Among Whales. Anyone can appreciate the majesty of the whales and their enviroment. Roger Payne lets you see into their world by first explaining how you must ... Read full review


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About the author (1995)

MURAD SAYeEN is a professionally trained photographer who has practiced his art since 1968. He lives in South Paris, Maine, and he has been also a world-renowned maker of "art knives," a painter, and a fiction writer.
ROGER PAYNE is the author of Among Whales and the scientist who proved that humpback whales "sing.

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