Synopses & Reviews
It all started in 1965 with a guy riding a whale. The guy was Flip Nicklinand#8217;s father, Chuck, and the whale was an unlucky Brydeand#8217;s Whale that had gotten caught up in some anchor line. Hoping to free the whale, Chuck and some friends took their boat as near as they could, and, just before they cut it loose, Chuck posed astride it for a photo.
That image, carried on wire services nationwide, became a sensation and ultimately changed the life of Chuckand#8217;s young son, Flip. In the decades since that day, Flip Nicklin has made himself into the worldand#8217;s premier cetacean photographer. Itand#8217;s no exaggeration to say that his photos, published in such venues as National Geographic and distributed worldwide, have virtually defined these graceful, powerful creatures in the mind of the general publicand#8212;even as they helped open new ground in the field of marine mammalogy.
Among Giants tells the story of Nicklinand#8217;s life and career on the high seas, from his first ill-equipped shoots in the mid-1970s through his long association with the National Geographic Society to the present, when he is one of the founders of Whale Trust, a nonprofit conservation and research group. Nicklin is equal parts photographer, adventurer, self-trained scientist, and raconteur, and Among Giants reflects all those sides, matching breathtaking images to firsthand accounts of their making, and highlighting throughout the importance of conservation and new advances in our understanding of whale behavior. With Nicklin as our guide, we see not just whales but also our slowly growing understanding of their hidden lives, as well as the evolution of underwater photographyand#8212;and the stunning clarity and drama that can be captured when a determined, daring diver is behind the lens.
Humpbacks, narwhals, sperm whales, orcasand#8212;these and countless other giants of the ocean parade through these pages, spouting, breaching, singing, and raising their young. Nicklinand#8217;s photographs bring us so completely into the underwater world of whales that we canand#8217;t help but feel awe, while winning, personal accounts of his adventures remind us of what itand#8217;s like to be a lone diver sharing their sea.
For anyone who has marveled at the majesty of whales in the wild, Among Giants is guaranteed to be inspiring, even movingand#8212;its unmatched images of these glorious beings an inescapable reminder of our responsibility as stewards of the ocean.
About the Author
Widely regarded as the worldand#8217;s leading cetacean photographer, Charles "Flip" Nicklin grew up around his fatherand#8217;s small dive shop on the California coast. He went on to become National Geographicand#8217;s premiere whale photographer and marine mammal specialist. Over the last quarter century Flip has photographed more than thirty species of whales and dolphins, some so endangered their very survival is in question. In 2001 he co-founded Whale Trust, a non-profit organization dedicated to research and public education.and#160;