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
|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...
|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.
|Whale Watcher: A Global Guide to Watching Whales, Dolphins, and Porpoises in the Wild|
by Trevor Day (Author)
A comprehensive guide to the whales of the world and where to see them.
Every year, more than four million people go whale watching, and the numbers keep growing. This beautifully illustrated guidebook will be the best handy reference for whale watchers.
All recognized species of cetaceans (whales, dolphins and porpoises) are described in this book. Stunning action photography of each is coupled with detailed information on where and when to see each species and how...
|The Complete Whale-Watching Handbook: A Guide to Whales, Dolphins, and Porpoises of the World|
by Ben Wilson (Author), Angus Wilson (Author)
The Complete Whale-Watching Handbook is a spectacular celebration of whales, porpoises, and dolphins, and of the immense diversity of opportunities to view these spectacular marine mammals in the wild. Once the stuff of fishermen’s yarns and literary classics, we can all now experience the excitement of an eye-to-eye encounter with a whale, dolphin, or porpoise.
This book covers the biology of each creature listed, focusing on the species that can be seen on excursions, the behaviors...
|Encyclopedia of the Sea|
by Richard Ellis (Author)
From one of the world's leading experts on the sea comes this ocean-sized compendium of aquatic life and lore. Richard Ellis--who is also recognized as America's foremost painter of marine subjects--gives us a masterful synthesis of years of investigation and tens of thousands of disparate sources. The result is the first comprehensive, fully illustrated, and highly readable reference on almost everything that is known about the sea.
Ellis's research has taken him all over the...
|Monsters Of The Sea: The History, Natural History, and Mythology of the Oceans' Most Fantastic Creatures|
by Richard Ellis (Author)
373 illustrations in text
|In the Heart of the Sea (Blu-ray)|
Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Benjamin Walker, Cillian Murphy, Tom Holland, Ben Whishaw
Directed By: Ron Howard
Also With: Ron Howard (Producer), Sarah Bradshaw (Producer), Joe Roth (Producer), Paula Weinstein (Producer), Palak Patel (Producer), Bruce Berman (Producer), William Ward (Producer), Brian Grazer (Producer), Erica Huggins (Producer), David Bergstein (Producer), William M. Connor (Producer), Rick Jaffa (Writer), Amanda Silver (Writer)
In the Heart of the Sea (Blu-ray)
In the winter of 1820, the New England whaling ship Essex was assaulted by something no one could believe: a whale of mammoth size and will, and an almost human sense of vengeance. The real-life maritime disaster would inspire Herman Melville's Moby-Dick. But that told only half the story. "In the Heart of the Sea" reveals the encounter's harrowing aftermath, as the ship's surviving crew is pushed to their limits and forced to do the unthinkable to stay...
|Moby-Dick (Illustrated by Mead Schaeffer with an Introduction by William S. Ament)|
by Herman Melville (Author), Mead Schaeffer (Illustrator), William S. Ament (Illustrator)
A renewed interest in “Moby-Dick” in the early 20th century would help to establish it as an outstanding work of Romanticism and the American Renaissance, firmly placing it amongst the greatest of all American novels. Based on the real life events depicted in the “Narrative of the Most Extraordinary and Distressing Shipwreck of the Whale-Ship Essex” and the legend of “Mocha Dick”, an albino sperm whale whose killing is described in the May 1839 issue of “The Knickerbocker”...