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The Grandest of Lives

Eye to Eye with Whales

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April 1, 2008 | Paperback | 6.5 x 8.3, 288 pages | ISBN 9781578051472
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The largest creatures ever to inhabit the Earth, whales have long inspired awe in humans. But because they spend virtually all of their time beneath the ocean surface, little has been known about their lives. Now, with advances in technology, new facts and stunning discoveries are coming to light about these magnificent mammals. In The Grandest of Lives, wildlife biologist Douglas H. Chadwick takes readers inside the world of modern-day scientific whale observation, from gathering data to weathering storms to spirited scientific debate. Chadwick, who has followed and reported on whales for more than a decade, paints detailed portraits of five species — the humpback, northern bottlenose, blue whale, minke whale, and orca — that represent a cross-section of the forms and behaviors of cetaceans worldwide. All move seamlessly between natural history and more personal observations, vividly expressing Chadwick’s fondness and admiration for these amazing creatures, as well as the sheer joy of being among them.

About Douglas H. Chadwick

DOUGLAS H. CHADWICK is a wildlife biologist and the author of eight books on natural history, including three previous titles for Sierra Club Books: the acclaimed The Fate of the Elephant, named by the New York Times Book Review as a Best Book of the Year; True Grizz; and A Beast the Color of Winter: The Mountain Goat Observed. He has also written more than three hundred articles for such magazines as National Geographic, Audubon, and Sierra.

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