A compelling and insightful view of killer-whales off the west coast of British Columbia from a professional whale watcher who has studied the black and white mammals in the wild for more than fourteen years.
Morton begins by introducing herself, explaining her commitment to and interest in whales, and telling a little about her life, with her son, on an island off the coast of British Columbia. The bulk of her book, however, contains a selection of journal entries. Morton, a whale watcher who "supports her research through her writings, photography and artwork," records her observations of groups (pods) of orca that frequent the waters near her home. Her observations reveal much about the creatures' behavior, and by introducing the beasts by name ("often these names refer to a mark or shape on the whale"), she give readers a captivatingly intimate view. Boxed insets deliver a wealth of facts about the animals as well as how scientists study them, and the many photographs capture them in their native habitat. A book that brings us amazingly close to understanding the behavior of one of nature's most majestic creatures. Unfortunately, there is no index.