Synopses & Reviews
From one-hundred-fifty-ton barnacled Blues to the sleek, embattled Minke, whales have been hunted worldwide to near extinction. Despite efforts to halt the killing, the future of these majestic mammals-known as mind in the water”-is again in jeopardy. With passion and engaging detail, Andrew Darby profiles each species of whale and its place in this great drama. From the wooden harpoons of aboriginals in cockleshell” vessels, to the high-tech killing machines of todays lawless Russian whalers and smooth-talking Japanese scientific” crews, Darby chronicles the evolving pursuit of whales and its significance to our humanity. Fans of well-written history, as well as those fascinated by whales and the fierce international conflict surrounding them, will be swept into the very heart of whaling.
Science Books & Films, October 2008
“A very thorough study…Its style is very readable, and it makes a good story.”
Choice, December 08
“[A] disturbing, dramatic, richly researched book…Darby describes in sharp detail the story of this ongoing conflict…Highly recommended. All readers, especially students of international law, whale watchers, and concerned citizens.”
The awe-inspiring history of whales and whaling, and todays epic struggle to end the slaughter
About the Author
Andrew Darby, reporter on environmental issues and Antarctica for the Sydney Morning Herald (Australia), has covered whaling, whales, and their effect on people for 20 years. He lives in Hobart, Tasmania.