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How can we understand the language of whales? How will the evolving composition of seawater affect life on earth? Why do whales sing?Roger Payne has listened to the whales' haunting songs for most of his adult life and taught us to listen too. He's swum with them. He's fought for them. He's studied them and become the world's foremost cetacean biologist.Sharing his scientiHow can we understand the language of whales? How will the evolving composition of seawater affect life on earth? Why do whales sing?Roger Payne has listened to the whales' haunting songs for most of his adult life and taught us to listen too. He's swum with them. He's fought for them. He's studied them and become the world's foremost cetacean biologist.Sharing his scientific observations in spellbinding detail, Payne brings vividly to life the awesome presence of these great, noble -- and desperately threatened -- creatures. A work of biology, of philosophy, and most certainly of literature, Among Whales is more than a book about whales. It is also a journey of the heart, a journey of discovery about the larger questions of life on earth.Passionate in his love, Roger Payne is also passionate in his outrage at the whalers who slaughter whales for profit and at the pollutants that are destroying our oceans. His words shimmer with truth; his ideas strike powerfully at our consciences. Destined to become a classic, Among Whales is a book of great beauty -- a cautionary tale every one of us who cares about our planet must read....

Title : Among Whales
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ISBN : 9780385316590
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 432 Pages
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Among Whales Reviews

  • Elena
    2019-04-25 22:57

    I was very excited to read this book when I finally got it, but I have to say, there are many books on whales that actually talk about whales, whereas this one could have saved a lot of trees if it had used a third of the words, and ink, and paper. I guess the author has a hard time keeping focused because he goes off on a billion tangents and at times forgets the book is about whales. When he stays on the subject, the things he says are interesting, but honestly, there are entire chapters that could be easily skipped without missing out on anything.With this said, I think that those who are convinced that the illegal slaughter of the oceans must be stopped by only 'educating' the people(while the whales keep getting killed in the meantime), as opposed to a direct confrontation, might change their minds if they read even a little bit of chapter 7 of this book, entitled 'Whaling and Other Delights'. This chapter makes up for most of the book, I think: "I have been discussing how the International Whaling Commission works but have not said what it accomplishes or might accomplish. The organization has such a flawed history it's amazing to me that it works at all. There is a wonderful series of loopholes the whalers can use to avoid abiding by the will of the majority. In my opinion, the most infamous of these is the 90 day period for filing objections to any decision that has been taken by a majority of IWC nations but which some country does not wish to obey. In such a case, all that country has to do is send a letter to the IWC secretariat within 90 days saying that it will not be abiding by the law, and it is automatically exempt from it. Thus, as I write this, Norway has resumed commercial whaling even though the moratorium on commercial whaling is still in place ... but Norway's resumption of commercial whaling is entirely legal. Why? Because back when the moratorium was passed, Norway filed an objection to it within the required 90 days. And so it is perfectly legal for Norway to continue with commercial whaling. Also, back when it was declared that the North Atlantic stock of the minke whales hunted by Norway had been so overexploited as to require protection, Norway also filed an objection to that conclusion within the required 90 days, and so it is entirely legal for her to kill whales of this otherwise protected stock. By these means Norway has her own private North Atlantic whaling ground without the competition from other whaling countries who used to hunt there". Payne then continues describing all the scams perpetrated by Japan, still going strong today, 15 years after his book was published. Anyway, if you are interested in the subject, I suggest A. Darby's 'Harpoon' as it is a lot more focused and, I guess, more updated too.This book dragged and dragged and it did require an effort to keep going instead of just putting it down for good.

  • Jennifer Nelson
    2019-04-01 20:40

    This book felt like sitting down with a very brilliant and interesting chatterbox and letting him go at it. For the most part, the conversation was extremely riveting. I didn't agree with him on everything, but he sure made me think.Roger Payne packs this book with intriguing facts about much more than just whales, lots of raw emotion, beautiful scenery, and a lot of rhetoric about saving whales (some of which I think is needed). Sometimes the extra information gets a bit overwhelming, but there were so many interesting parts weaved throughout this book that I couldn't put it down. I especially enjoyed his descriptions of Patagonia and his study of the right whales down there. Some of the descriptions of life in Patagonia are some down-right amazing pieces of literature. Roger Payne can write. I guess what I liked least about this book was Roger Payne's perspective on life that is present throughout the book. To boil it all down, he does not acknowledge the Creator of the universe and he worships the creation. This error in his outlook on life has resulted in false conclusions about how this world came to be, the purpose of humanity and nature, and the future of our world.

  • Amanda
    2019-04-07 22:54

    This is an excellent memoir from a leading authority on cetaceans. It's full of high-quality scientific insights, but also discusses philosophical and ethical issues, and is whimsical and enlightening. At times the author goes off on tangents which may annoy some readers, but I personally enjoyed every page of this book.

  • Jillian
    2019-04-13 01:45

    I'm a total freak for writings about the ocean, but often you must wade (if you will) through a lot of shitty writing to get to the interesting stuff. Not so with this guy-- the man can write. And it's not just scientific data spewed out at ya. Rather, it's his personal observations from living amongst whales for many years. Something of which I am immensely jealous.

  • peter
    2019-03-28 23:46

    I loved the natural history part of this book, but, despite the fact that I agree with him, the activist angle got wearisome. He could have gotten his point across much more effectively if he had used half as many pages.

  • Amy
    2019-04-14 21:59

    Lots of great information, but very thick and hard to get into. However, great look into the whale world!

  • Jrohde
    2019-04-09 19:53

    a wonderful story of a life studying whales - well worth the read and the imagination of what these beasts are like

  • Jenn Tholke
    2019-04-24 00:08

    Fantastic descriptions for any whale lover; a must read...

  • Adrian
    2019-04-01 18:06

    just beautiful.what can i say about these creatures? i dream of them.they inspire me. i want to work with them. this book is written with love, respect & beautiful prose. it inspired me.

  • Kate
    2019-04-23 21:57

    I read this book in high school and it made me want to be a marine biologist. Too bad I had already committed to going to college in Ohio.

  • Sarah
    2019-03-26 17:54

    Great descriptions of humpback whale songs.