Listening to Whales

Listening to Whales

What the Orcas Have Taught Us

Paperback - 2004
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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.
Publisher: New York : Ballantine, 2004, c2002
Edition: First trade pbk. edition
ISBN: 9780345442888
Characteristics: 309 pages, [8] pages of plates :,illustrations, maps ;,24 cm.


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Feb 24, 2013

A wonderful book full of information and insight and written to be read easily by the public.


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haimingbooks Jun 25, 2013

...I listened to the poetry of ravens conversing across the bay. A puff of smoke followed by the incense of burning cedar signalled the awakening of ….household…. These eight-thousand-year-old sounds and smells couldn’t have been more alien to the proper colonial brick world in which I’d been raised. And yet I had never known a more perfect home.

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