"Todd McLeish takes us far in several dimensions-across space, through time, and into the interiors of the human mental landscape-to paint a vivid and eloquent portrait of an animal seldom seen, wrongly imagined, and too often mistreated. This is one of those rare books that lifts you up and takes you in."
-Carl Safina, author of Song for the Blue Ocean and The View From Lazy Point and A Natural Year in an Unnatural World
"As one of the first general-interest books for adults dedicated to the narwhal, it's an important first start. Full of science, story, and some amazing images, Narwhals introduces us to the 'sea unicorn's' world."
"Anthropology, conservation, biology and local cultural and economic considerations blend effortlessly in this account. Ultimately the reader comes away with a profound awareness of the complications involved in maintaining in perpetuity a long lived species whose behavioral and ecological circumstances ironically leave it vulnerable to anthropogenic perturbations."
-Science Book and Film Review, American Association for the Advancement of Science, September 2013
"His expertise shines in this pithy, entertaining book, which concludes with a sober assessment of the future for this species, one of only three truly Arctic cetaceans, in a warming world."
-Kieran Mulvaney, BBC Wildlife
"Part of the book's strength lies in how McLeish captures the vivid sensory world of the Arctic."
-Doug Norris, IndependentRI, march 2013
"Todd McLeish goes deep into the narwhal- from its mythology to its biology."
-Beth Daley, The Green Blog, March 2013
"McLeish provides a broad view of the narwhal's history and legend, remaining awestruck and deeply concerned for a species that remains a miraculous creation."
-Colleen Mondor, Booklist
"[The book] is a personal account of the latest scientific findings on narwhals and on ways the Arctic environment is changing. . . . [it] feels like a privilege to see one's favorite study animal portrayed as it has been here in a well-written popular book for a broad audience."
-M. P. Heide-J┐rgensen, Quarterly Review of Biology
"Based on interviews with researchers and his own research, McLeish weaves a compelling story about narwhals and the impact of the changing climate on their survival. . . . This book is a great read for general audiences and students as well as scientists interested in narwhals."