Listening to Whales

Author: Alexandra Morton
Publisher: Ballantine Books
ISBN: 0307487547
Release Date: 2008-12-30
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

In Listening to Whales, Alexandra Morton shares spellbinding stories about her career in whale and dolphin research and what she has learned from and about these magnificent mammals. In the late 1970s, while working at Marineland in California, Alexandra pioneered the recording of orca sounds by dropping a hydrophone into the tank of two killer whales. She recorded the varied language of mating, childbirth, and even grief after the birth of a stillborn calf. At the same time she made the startling observation that the whales were inventing wonderful synchronized movements, a behavior that was soon recognized as a defining characteristic of orca society. In 1984, Alexandra moved to a remote bay in British Columbia to continue her research with wild orcas. Her recordings of the whales have led her to a deeper understanding of the mystery of whale echolocation, the vocal communication that enables the mammals to find their way in the dark sea. A fascinating study of the profound communion between humans and whales, this book will open your eyes anew to the wonders of the natural world. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Listening to Whales Sing

Author: Faith McNulty
Publisher: Turtleback Books
ISBN: 0785789464
Release Date: 1996-01
Genre: Juvenile Fiction

While observing whales in the Atlantic Ocean, a boy falls overboard.


Author: Pierre Béland
Publisher: Lyons Press
ISBN: UCSD:31822020644613
Release Date: 1996
Genre: Nature

The beluga whale, a pure white Arctic species, living in the St. Lawrence River for thousands of years, was nearly hunted to extinction. But even after becoming legally protected the species continues to die from the effects of pollution.

Face to Face with Whales

Author: Flip Nicklin
Publisher: National Geographic Books
ISBN: 1426306970
Release Date: 2010-08
Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction

Close-up photographs and personal stories of encounters with whales by the authors.

War of the Whales

Author: Joshua Horwitz
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 9781451645033
Release Date: 2014-07-01
Genre: History

“Intimate and urgent storytelling” (Chicago Tribune), a “ripping real-life yarn” (Tampa Bay Chronicle): The remarkable account of two principled men who stand up to the world’s most powerful navy, in defense of whales. Winner of the PEN/E.O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award and a New York Times bestseller. War of the Whales is the gripping tale of a crusading attorney who stumbles on one of the US Navy’s best-kept secrets: a submarine detection system that floods entire ocean basins with high-intensity sound—and drives whales onto beaches. As Joel Reynolds launches a legal fight to expose and challenge the Navy program, marine biologist Ken Balcomb witnesses a mysterious mass stranding of whales near his research station in the Bahamas. Investigating this calamity, Balcomb is forced to choose between his conscience and an oath of secrecy he swore to the Navy in his youth. When Balcomb and Reynolds team up to expose the truth behind an epidemic of mass strandings, the stage is set for an epic battle that pits admirals against activists, rogue submarines against weaponized dolphins, and national security against the need to safeguard the ocean environment. Waged in secret military labs and the nation’s highest court, War of the Whales is a real-life thriller that combines the best of legal drama, natural history, and military intrigue.

Beneath the Surface

Author: John Hargrove
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
ISBN: 9781466878815
Release Date: 2015-03-24
Genre: Nature

*Now a New York Times Best Seller* Over the course of two decades, John Hargrove worked with 20 different whales on two continents and at two of SeaWorld's U.S. facilities. For Hargrove, becoming an orca trainer fulfilled a childhood dream. However, as his experience with the whales deepened, Hargrove came to doubt that their needs could ever be met in captivity. When two fellow trainers were killed by orcas in marine parks, Hargrove decided that SeaWorld's wildly popular programs were both detrimental to the whales and ultimately unsafe for trainers. After leaving SeaWorld, Hargrove became one of the stars of the controversial documentary Blackfish. The outcry over the treatment of SeaWorld's orca has now expanded beyond the outlines sketched by the award-winning documentary, with Hargrove contributing his expertise to an advocacy movement that is convincing both federal and state governments to act. In Beneath the Surface, Hargrove paints a compelling portrait of these highly intelligent and social creatures, including his favorite whales Takara and her mother Kasatka, two of the most dominant orcas in SeaWorld. And he includes vibrant descriptions of the lives of orcas in the wild, contrasting their freedom in the ocean with their lives in SeaWorld. Hargrove's journey is one that humanity has just begun to take-toward the realization that the relationship between the human and animal worlds must be radically rethought.

F ck Whales

Author: Maddox
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 9781476794983
Release Date: 2017-10-17
Genre: Humor

A collection of satirical, crass, comedic essays from famed Internet personality and New York Times bestselling author Maddox of the infamous website The Best Page in the Universe. In this third book from Maddox, the reigning king of Internet satire delivers a collection of humorous, unapologetic essays in the same voice that propelled him into comedic stardom. With all-new material, F*ck Whales doesn’t fail to deliver on his personal brand of satire, complete with self-promotion, petty rants and brilliant essays on anything and everything Maddox deems worthy of his ire.

Whelks to Whales

Author: Rick M. Harbo
Publisher: Harbour Publishing Company
ISBN: 1550174916
Release Date: 2011
Genre: Nature

This newly revised and expanded edition contains more than 500 of the most common marine species, fascinating local sponges, jellyfish, crabs, shrimp, barnacles, clams, snails, seals, fish, whales, marine algae and hundreds of other living things that can be observed and identified without being disturbed, conveniently colour-coded for quick reference with a glossary and full index. With comprehensive but concise information on the size, range, habitat and behaviour of each species and full-colour photographs showing marine life as it appears in the wild, this is the perfect guide for everyone, from the novice beachcomber, student or weekend naturalist to the expert biologist.

Death at SeaWorld

Author: David Kirby
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
ISBN: 9781250008312
Release Date: 2012-07-17
Genre: Nature

From the New York Times bestselling author of Evidence of Harm and Animal Factory—a groundbreaking scientific thriller that exposes the dark side of SeaWorld, America's most beloved marine mammal park Death at SeaWorld centers on the battle with the multimillion-dollar marine park industry over the controversial and even lethal ramifications of keeping killer whales in captivity. Following the story of marine biologist and animal advocate at the Humane Society of the US, Naomi Rose, Kirby tells the gripping story of the two-decade fight against PR-savvy SeaWorld, which came to a head with the tragic death of trainer Dawn Brancheau in 2010. Kirby puts that horrific animal-on-human attack in context. Brancheau's death was the most publicized among several brutal attacks that have occurred at Sea World and other marine mammal theme parks. Death at SeaWorld introduces real people taking part in this debate, from former trainers turned animal rights activists to the men and women that champion SeaWorld and the captivity of whales. In section two the orcas act out. And as the story progresses and orca attacks on trainers become increasingly violent, the warnings of Naomi Rose and other scientists fall on deaf ears, only to be realized with the death of Dawn Brancheau. Finally he covers the media backlash, the eyewitnesses who come forward to challenge SeaWorld's glossy image, and the groundbreaking OSHA case that challenges the very idea of keeping killer whales in captivity and may spell the end of having trainers in the water with the ocean's top predators.

Whales on Stilts

Author: M.T. Anderson
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1442406968
Release Date: 2010-06-15
Genre: Juvenile Fiction

In Whales on Stilts, a madman has unleashed an army of stilt-walking, laser-beaming, thoroughly angry whales upon the world! Luckily, Jasper Dash and his friends Katie Mulligan and Lily Gefelty are around to save the day.

Operation Orca

Author: Daniel Francis
Publisher: Harbour Publishing Company
ISBN: UCSD:31822034556670
Release Date: 2007
Genre: Nature

Killer whales once had a reputation that was even fiercer than their name. But in 1964 the Vancouver Aquarium obtained its first killer whale, Moby Doll, and discovered that they were not the vicious man-eaters of legend. In January 2002, scientists reunited "Springer," a young orphaned whale found in Puget Sound, with her family in BC. At the same time another lone whale turned up on the west coast of Vancouver Island. The people of Nootka Sound adopted "Luna" as their own. Another rescue was planned to return Luna to his family but this time there so no happy ending. In OPERATION ORCA, award-winning author Daniel Francis gives breadth to the political debate of whether to interfere or let nature take its course.

Swimming with Orca

Author: Ingrid Visser
Publisher: Penguin Global
ISBN: 014301983X
Release Date: 2006-04
Genre: Nature

Meet the woman whose life revolves around orca, or killer whales. This book tells the fascinating story of Dr Ingrid Visser, a marine scientist who has spent the past ten years studying these creatures. During this time she has got to know many New Zealand orca intimately; she calls them her friends and can identify some by sight. Ingrid has a hands-on approach to her study - getting into the water with them, watching them hunt and interacting in any way she can. Ingrid is the only person to work with orca in the South Pacific and has discovered many differences between their behaviour here and in the northern hemisphere. The book is packed with interesting facts about orca in New Zealand and also tells Ingrid's own personal story and the inspiring encounters she has had with these intriguing animals.

Communicating With Orcas

Author: Mary J. Getten
Publisher: Trafford Publishing
ISBN: 1553698347
Release Date: 2002
Genre: Nature

The author describes how she and her partner used their telepathic and communication skills to communicate with a ninety-year-old whale and provides insight into the behavior of orcas.

Listening in the Ocean

Author: Whitlow W. L. Au
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 9781493931767
Release Date: 2016-02-25
Genre: Science

This title brings to light the discoveries and insights into the lives of many marine species made possible over the last decade by passive acoustic recorders (PAR). Pop-ups, ARF, HARP, EAR, Bprobe, C-POD Atag, and Dtag are the acronyms of some of the many PARs that have changed our understanding of how marine animals live and strive in the ocean. Various types of PARs are used by different investigators in different areas of the world. These recorders have accumulated copious amounts of very important data, unveiling previously unknown information about large marine animals. Temporal, seasonal and spatial distribution patterns have been uncovered for many marine species. There have been many discoveries, new understandings and insights into how these animals live in and utilize the ocean and the importance of acoustics in their lives. Listening Within the Ocean summarizes these important discoveries, providing both a valuable resource for researchers and enjoyable reading for non-professionals interested in marine life.

How Whales Walked Into the Sea

Author: Faith McNulty
Publisher: Scholastic
ISBN: 0590898302
Release Date: 1999
Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction

Explains how the earth's biggest mammal evolved from a land animal into a sea animal.