Popular subject/popular treatment: Whales are perennial favorites of book buyers, and the author's up-close and personal approach will appeal to admirers of popular movies such as "March of the Penguins" and "The Whale Rider". Chadwick's "The Fate of the Elephant" was named a Best Book of the Year by the "New York Times Book Review". Fresh facts about the natural history of whales are coming at a faster pace than ever before, making a new look at the lives of whales a timely and important topic The book will appeal to whale, wildlife, and natural-history enthusiasts. The largest creatures to inhabit the Earth, whales have long inspired awe in human beings. Because they spend almost 95 percent of their time beneath the ocean surface, however, little has been known about their lives - until recently. With advances in technology and more intense study, fresh facts are coming to light about these magnificent mammals, and to be a whale watcher now, says acclaimed author and wildlife biologist Douglas Chadwick, is to have a front-row seat to stunning discoveries. Chadwick has followed and reported on whales for more than a decade, and in "The Grandest of Lives" he offers a fascinating insider's view of modern-day scientific whale observation - from data gathering to spirited scientific debate to expedition storytelling. In detailed portraits of five whale species that represent a cross-section of the forms and lifestyles of cetaceans worldwide - the humpback, northern bottlenose, blue whale, minke whale, and orca - Chadwick moves deftly from natural history to more personal observations, clearly communicating his fondness and admiration for these mammoth masters of the sea, as well as the sheer joy of being among them.
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Published March 10, 2008
by Sierra Club Books.
Nature & Wildlife, Science & Math.