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.
Excerpts from the diary of a naturalist and photographer living on an island off the coast of British Columbia report on her experiences watching and listening to killer whales, and what she has discovered about their behavior.
Author: Whitlow W. L. Au
Release Date: 2016-02-25
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.
The #1 New York Times bestselling author presents a seductively suspenseful tale of one woman’s shattered innocence, the terrifying search for truth and a heart’s journey toward healing… Olivia’s parents were among Hollywood’s golden couples…until the night a monster came and took her mother away forever. A monster with the face of her father… Sheltered from the truth, an older Olivia only dimly recalls her night of terror—but her recurring nightmares make her realize she must piece together the real story. Now, assisted by Noah Brady, the son of the police detective who found her cowering in her closet so many years before, she may have her chance. Noah wants to reconstruct the night that has become an infamous part of Hollywood history. He also wants to help Olivia and heal the longing in her lonely heart. But once the door to her past is opened, there’s no telling what’s waiting on the other side. For somewhere, not too far away, the monster walks again… From the Paperback edition.
Author: Mary J. Getten
Publisher: Hampton Roads Publishing Company Incorporated
Release Date: 2006
Genre: Body, Mind & Spirit
"Getten, a naturalist and animal communicator, relates her conversations with the Orca whales in 'J-Pod,' a family of whales that live in the waters off Washington State. Getten uses her abilities to uncover what the whales think about various topics"--Provided by publisher.
Author: Christopher Moore
Publisher: Goldmann Verlag
Release Date: 2012-04-17
Seit Jahren versucht der Meeresbiologe Nate Quinn zu ergründen, warum Buckelwale singen. Da geschieht plötzlich etwas Seltsames: Eine riesige Schwanzflosse taucht aus dem Meer auf mit der deutlichen Aufschrift: Fang mich! Und derselbe Wal versucht mehrmals über das Telefon bei Nate ein Pastrami-Sandwich zu bestellen. Nate glaubt seinen Verstand zu verlieren, bis er der Bitte nachkommt und in die wundersame Welt der Wale hinabtaucht ...
Author: Esta Lee Albright
Release Date: 2013-02-12
Here are Esta Lee Albright's articles, fact notes, and photos about the humpback whales of Monterey Bay. She has written "for the general public as a way to enhance their whale watching experiences." In her more than 20 years on whale watch cruises, she has been an enthusiastic writer, narrator, teacher, and coach for interpreters of whales and other marine life. Humpbacks seen off Monterey are a population not usually mentioned in books about whales. They come here to feed in spring, summer and fall. Their breeding grounds are off Central America and mainland Mexico. In many ways like all whales, the Monterey humpbacks also have individual characteristics that bring whale watchers to see them again and again. "What I love is to be 'way offshore listening to whales breathe.' " These tales of whales will seem to bring us right out to the humpbacks as seen on whale watches in Monterey Bay and offshore Central California.
Author: Arthur N. Popper
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
Release Date: 2000-06-16
Cetaceans inhabit oceans, seas and even some rivers throughout the world. Hearing and sound production are thought to serve crucial functions in the behavior, natural history or life cycle of all of these animals. Although difficulties in studying large aquatic animals have limited experimental auditory research on many species, knowledge about the acoustic behavior of these animals has been increasing dramatically. In this volume, experts in different areas of the field provide an overview of the bioacoustics of whales and dolphins as well as a thorough introduction to the subject for investigators of hearing in other animals. Topics covered include the structure and function of cetacean auditory systems, the unique sound production system of odontocetes, acoustic communication, psychoacoustics, echolocation and models of sound propagation.
Author: James Whiley
Publisher: Ferry Tales
Release Date: 2011
Genre: Boats and boating
Based on a true story, this book tells the magical tale of a mother whale and her calf who visit Sydney Harbour on their journey south to the Antartic Ocean. Featuring all the characters who have made Stanley the Manly Ferry, the first 'Ferry Tale', so popular, as well as new characters such as Elly-Copter and Stephen Seagull, this story and its beautiful illustrations will delight children of all ages.
Author: Kurkpatrick Dorsey
Publisher: University of Washington Press
Release Date: 2013-11-14
Before commercial whaling was outlawed in the 1980s, diplomats, scientists, bureaucrats, environmentalists, and sometimes even whalers themselves had attempted to create an international regulatory framework that would allow for a sustainable whaling industry. In Whales and Nations, Kurkpatrick Dorsey tells the story of the international negotiation, scientific research, and industrial development behind these efforts �and their ultimate failure. Whales and Nations begins in the early twentieth century, when new technology revived the fading whaling industry and made whale hunting possible on an unprecedented scale. By the 1920s, declining whale populations prompted efforts to develop �rational��what today would be called sustainable�whaling practices. But even though almost everyone involved with commercial whaling knew that the industry was on an unsustainable path, Dorsey argues, powerful economic, political, and scientific forces made failure nearly inevitable. Based on a deep engagement with diplomatic history, Whales and Nations provides a unique perspective on the challenges facing international conservation projects. This history has profound implications for today�s pressing questions of global environmental cooperation and sustainability. Watch the trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3QsLlM5KTx0
Author: William Mason
Publisher: William Mason
Release Date: 2006-05
Genre: Biography & Autobiography
With just his motorcycle, his tent and the open road, author Bill Mason ventures from his native Virginia to chat with an eclectic mix of people in the small towns of twenty-three states and seven Canadian provinces and explores the different cultures in Fargo, Saskatoon, Moose Jaw, Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick. In Friends in a Hundred Places, Mason relates the intimate details of his journey and conversations. He visits local bars and swimming holes, and sleeps in tents, barns, and empty cars. Mason works at odd jobs that include repairing a tractor, shoveling grain in a granary, and building an aqueduct to bring mountain water to a farm. He deals with flat tires and engine problems, and makes friends with a wandering evangelist. With Mason, you'll experience lonesome days in northern Ontario, a street party in New Brunswick, foot stompin' in Nova Scotia, eating lobster on the beaches of Maine and life in a west va. Coal town. But it's Mason's special interpretation of freedom and the joys of motorcycle travel that lie at the heart of Friends in a Hundred Places. Take a moment to savor life on the open road and indulge in the passion of adventure.