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Named a Best Book of the Year by three major newspapers upon its initial publication, and now available for the first time in paperback, Eye of the Whale offers an exhilarating blend of adventure and natural history as Dick Russell follows the migration of the gray whale from Mexico's Baja peninsula to the Arctic's Bering Strait. Originally named "Devil-fish' by nineteenth-century whalers, the gray whale's friendly overtures toward humans over the past generation helped to spark the growth of today's whale-watching industry. This majestic marine mammal has also become a focus of controversy, as environmentalists fought to protect its breeding area from industrial development, some protested renewed hunting by a Native American tribe, and, more recently, scientific studies have noted a new decline in the whale's population. Russell's narrative interweaves the remarkable story of Charles Melville Scammon, a nineteenth-century whaling captain responsible for bringing gray whales to the brink of extinction, whose change of heart led to his becoming a renowned naturalist. Retracing Scammon's path, the author encounters contemporary marine biologists who have devoted their lives to study

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781559630887
ISBN-10: 1559630884
Format: Paperback
(235mm x 152mm x 43mm)
Pages: 688
Imprint: Shearwater Books,US
Publisher: Island Press
Publish Date: 20-Sep-2004
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Dick Russell

Dick Russell, a longtime environmental journalist, is a recipient of the Chevron Conservation Award and the author of The Man Who Knew Too Much (Carroll & Graf, 2003) and Black Genlus: And the American Experience (Carroll & Graf, 1999). He divides his time between Los Angeles and Boston.

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