Arctic Whales in a Melting World
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- Published: March 2013
- Subject Listing: Natural History, Whales, Climate Change
- Bibliographic information: 216 pp., 12 illus, index, 6 x 9 in.
- Territorial rights: World
- Series: A Samuel and Althea Stroum Book
Among all the large whales on Earth, the most unusual and least studied is the narwhal, the northernmost whale on the planet and the one most threatened by global warming. Narwhals thrive in the fjords and inlets of northern Canada and Greenland. These elusive whales, whose long tusks were the stuff of medieval European myths and Inuit legends, are uniquely adapted to the Arctic ecosystem and are able to dive below thick sheets of ice to depths of up to 1,500 meters in search of their prey - halibut, cod, and squid.
Join Todd McLeish as he travels high above the Arctic circle to meet:
o Teams of scientific researchers studying the narwhal's life cycle and the mysteries of its tusk
o Inuit storytellers and hunters
o Animals that share the narwhals' habitat: walruses, polar bears, bowhead and beluga whales, ivory gulls, and two kinds of seals
McLeish consults logbooks kept by whalers and explorers and interviews folklorists and historians to tease out the relationship between the real narwhal and the mythical unicorn. In Colorado, he visits climatologists studying changes in the seasonal cycles of the Arctic ice. From a history of the trade in narwhal tusks to descriptions of narwhals' vocalizations as heard through hydrophones, Narwhals reveals the beauty and thrill of the narwhal and its habitat, and the threat it faces from a rapidly changing world.
Todd McLeish is the author of Golden Wings and Hairy Toes: Encounters with New England's Most Imperiled Wildlife and Basking with Humpbacks: Tracking Threatened Marine Life in New England Waters. He lives in Pascoag, Rhode Island.
"If you were one of those kids who pored over back issues of National Geographic, desperately wanting to know more about the Earth's most fantastical creatures, McLeish's narwhal odyssey is the book for you. Full of biological detail and adventure it captures in living color a species that may be gone before we even got a chance to properly know it."- Paul Greenberg, author of Four Fish
"Narwhals is more than a 'whale of a tale' that lovers of the sea will enjoy reading. It also gives the reader a firsthand glimpse into the lives of Arctic dwellers as they struggle to survive in a changing world."- Dr. Robert D. Ballard, marine explorer and oceanographer
"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
Watch the trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gHwaqdKyLCQandlist=UUge4MONgLFncQ1w1C_BnHcwandindex=9andfeature=plcp