The Grandest of Lives: Eye to Eye with Whales

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Sierra Club Books, Mar 10, 2008 - Nature - 288 pages
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The largest creatures ever to inhabit the Earth, whales have long inspired awe in humans. But because they spend virtually all of their time beneath the ocean surface, little has been known about their lives. Now, with advances in technology, new facts and stunning discoveries are coming to light about these magnificent mammals. In The Grandest of Lives, wildlife biologist Douglas H. Chadwick takes readers inside the world of modern-day scientific whale observation, from gathering data to weathering storms to spirited scientific debate. Chadwick, who has followed and reported on whales for more than a decade, paints detailed portraits of five species -- the humpback, northern bottlenose, blue whale, minke whale, and orca -- that represent a cross-section of the forms and behaviors of cetaceans worldwide. All move seamlessly between natural history and more personal observations, vividly expressing Chadwick's fondness and admiration for these amazing creatures, as well as the sheer joy of being among them.

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A grand book on whales

User Review  - Donavin B, Science Buyer - Borders

I've been fascinated by whales since I was a young boy and I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book! Chadwick's narrative focuses on five species of whales with a chapter for each: Humpbacks, Nothern Bottlenose, Orcas, Minkes, and Blues. Highly recommended. Read full review

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User Review  - lorielibrarian - LibraryThing

Lots of intriguing information about whales, including the latest research and theories. The author focuses one chapter on each of several whales, including the largest, the Blue whale, and the killer ... Read full review

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