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Has anyone read a good book about whales?

Asked by longgone (17115points) December 10th, 2015

I attended a fascinating biology lecture today, and I’m looking for a book which will teach me more. I’m particularly interested in current research on social structure and cognition, as well as decoding of the whale song. Any ideas?

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RedDeerGuy1's avatar

Free Wille, Star Trek 4, Mobey Dick. You might get lucky searching for PBS or YouTube. Sorry that I couldn’t find a science documentary.

janbb's avatar

“In the Heart of the Sea” by Nathaniel Philbrick is a non-fiction book about a whaling incident in the 19th century. Moby Dick was based on the incident. Obviously, this will not have the current research info you want, but it does have a lot of background about whales and whaling. Soon to be a major motion picture!

Earthbound_Misfit's avatar

@longgone, I found this SavetheWhales site that lists what look like some excellent books to read.

I was talking to my husband the other day about a whale watching trip we went on. A huge humpback whale came up to the side of the boat. We looked over the side of the boat, right into its eye. And it was looking right back at us. It was one of the most spiritual experiences I have ever had. Even now I get a lump in my throat when I think about that shared moment. It was so special.

dappled_leaves's avatar

You might enjoy either Leviathan by Philip Hoare (I actually have a copy of this on my bookshelf, but haven’t read it yet) or perhaps The Cultural Lives of Whales and Dolphins by Hal Whitehead and Luke Rendell. I haven’t read the latter, but it looks to be well-reviewed, and University of Chicago Press is good at this sort of thing.

I linked the listings, because I seem to remember you are in the EU, but you may be able to find them from different sources. The American title for the Hoare book is “The Whale: In Search of the Giants of the Sea”.

longgone's avatar

Thanks, all, lots for me to choose from. I’m researching!

@Earthbound_Misfit That sounds amazing.

@dappled_leaves I am in Europe, thanks!

ArranAlston's avatar

There are some really good books on whales, you can opt for ‘Listening to Whale: What the Orcas have Taught Us’ by Alexandra Morton. In this book, Alexandra Morton portrays her spellbinding experiences with whales and dolphins during her research days at Marineland, California.

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