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Watching Giants: The Secret Lives of Whales / Edition 1

Watching Giants: The Secret Lives of Whales / Edition 1


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ISBN-13: 9780520261587
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 11/16/2009
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 214
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Elin Kelsey is the author of Saving Sea Otters, Finding Out about Whales, Strange New Species, and other books. She consults for environmental organizations including the Monterey Bay Aquarium and the World Conservation Union (IUCN). She is a faculty member in the School of Environment and Sustainability at Royal Roads University in Canada.

Table of Contents



1. Extreme Motherhood
2. A Sea of Milk
3. Looking for Whales in All the Wrong Places
4. Resident Aliens?
5. How to Make a Really Rich Sea
6. Popular Mechanics: What Chimpanzees and Dolphins Can Teach Us about Tools
7. Mirror, Mirror on the Wall, Who's the Smartest One of All?
8. Building Nets from Bubbles and Other Mysterious Talents of Humpback Whales
9. Do Baby Sperm Whales Suck Milk through Their Noses?
10. Deep Culture
11. What's the Use of Granny?
12. Dolphin Snatchers
13. Friendly Mothers, Friendly Calves?
14. The War on Fish
15. Why Blue Whales Gotta Be Big
16. What You Can See by Listening
17. What You Can Learn from the Dead
18. Let's Talk about Sex, Baby
19. Missing Meat
20. Shifting Scale



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"An appealing, agitating foray into the world of whales that ignites both protective instincts and a hungry curiosity to know more."—Kirkus Reviews

Cogent, compassionate . . . Brilliant at pursuing seemingly unrelated trails back down the blowhole, Kelsey illuminates the "humanity" of whales.—Publishers Weekly

"Engaging portrayal of the lives and culture of whales."—The Economist

"Charming. . . . Will be of interest to all whale and dolphin watchers."—Choice

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