Over the past several decades, Richard Ellis has produced a remarkable body of work that has been called "magnificent" (Washington Post Book World), "masterful" (Scientific American), "magical" (Men's Journal), and a "dazzling tour de force" (Christian Science Monitor). Ellis's new book—a fascinating tour through the world of the sperm whale—will surely inspire more such praise for the author heralded by Publisher Weekly as "America's foremost writer on marine research."Written with Ellis's deep knowledge and trademark passion, verve, and wit—and illustrated with a wide array of images including his own signature artwork—his study covers the full spectrum of the sperm whale's existence from its prehistoric past to its current endangered existence. Ellis, as no one else can, illuminates the iconic impact of Physeter macrocephalus ("big-headed blower") on our history, environment, and culture, with a substantial nod to Herman Melville and Moby-Dick, the great novel that put the sperm whale (and whaling) on the literary map.Ranging far and wide, Ellis covers the sperm whale's evolution, ecology, biology, anatomy, behavior, social organization, intelligence, communications, migrations, diet, and breeding. He also devotes considerable space to the whale's hunting prowess, including its clashes with the giant squid, and to the history of the whaling industry that decimated its numbers during the last two centuries. He even includes a story about a beached juvenile he helped rescue, an event that provided scientists with one of their first opportunities to observe a sperm whale in the water and up close.Offering a rich tapestry for anyone with an interest in the marvels of ocean life, Ellis's book provides an indispensable guide to the life and times of one of the planet's most intelligent, elusive, and endangered species.
|Leviathan: The History of Whaling in America|
by Eric Jay Dolin (Author)
A Los Angeles Times Best Non-Fiction Book of 2007 The epic history of the "iron men in wooden boats"...
A Boston Globe Best Non-Fiction Book of 2007
Amazon.com Editors pick as one of the 10 best history books of 2007
Winner of the 2007 John Lyman Award for U. S. Maritime History, given by the North American Society for Oceanic History
"The best history of American whaling to come along in a generation." ―Nathaniel Philbrick
|Sperm Whales: Social Evolution in the Ocean|
by Hal Whitehead (Author)
Famed in story as "the great leviathans," sperm whales are truly creatures of extremes. Giants among all whales, they also have the largest brains of any creature on Earth. Males can reach a length of sixty-two feet and can weigh upwards of fifty tons.
With this book, Hal Whitehead gives us a clearer picture of the ecology and social life of sperm whales than we have ever had before. Based on almost two decades of field research, Whitehead describes their biology, behavior, and habitat;...
|Inside Nature's Giants: Sperm Whale|
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Veterinary scientist Mark Evans and comparative anatomist Joy Reidenberg dissect a sperm whales enormous organs to reveal the secrets of this 45-foot deep-sea giant, which stranded and died on Pegwell Bay, Kent, England.
|History of the American Whale Fishery|
by Alexander Starbuck (Author)
A comprehensive history and statistical survey of the voyages made by American whalers from East Coast ports, from the earliest records in 1715 to 1876, two years before its original publication in 1878
|Swordfish: A Biography of the Ocean Gladiator|
by Richard Ellis (Author)
A perfect fish in the evolutionary sense, the broadbill swordfish derives its name from its distinctive bill—much longer and wider than the bill of any other billfish—which is flattened into the sword we all recognize. And though the majesty and allure of this warrior fish has commanded much attention—from adventurous sportfishers eager to land one to ravenous diners eager to taste one—no one has yet been bold enough to truly take on the swordfish as a biographer. Who better to do so...
|A History of Whaling|
by Ivan Terence Sanderson (Author)
Although we generally think that man's association with the whale began some two centuries ago in New England, men have been hunting whales for nearly ten thousand years. A History of Whaling illuminates this fascinating aspect of human endeavor by combining many forgotten or neglected aspects of whaling with recent discoveries about whales themselves in a continuous, flowing narrative. There are many concurrent themes running through whaling history, and author Ivan T. Sanderson feels that...
|Monsters Of The Sea: The History, Natural History, and Mythology of the Oceans' Most Fantastic Creatures|
by Richard Ellis (Author)
373 illustrations in text
|The Cultural Lives of Whales and Dolphins|
by Hal Whitehead (Author), Luke Rendell (Author)
In the songs and bubble feeding of humpback whales; in young killer whales learning to knock a seal from an ice floe in the same way their mother does; and in the use of sea sponges by the dolphins of Shark Bay, Australia, to protect their beaks while foraging for fish, we find clear examples of the transmission of information among cetaceans. Just as human cultures pass on languages and turns of phrase, tastes in food (and in how it is acquired), and modes of dress, could whales and dolphins...
|Whales, Dolphins and Porpoises|
by Mark Carwardine (Author), Martin Camm (Illustrator)
Authoritative text, detailed illustrations, and a systematic approach make DK's Smithsonian Handbook of Whales, Dolphins, and Porpoises the most comprehensive and concise pocket guide to cetaceans. With more than 900 illustrations, this visual recognition guide is designed to make identification as simple and accurate as possible.
This book is one of a series covering plants, animals, and other natural phenomena from around the world and is published in association with the...