The Smithsonian's star paleontologist takes us to the ends of the earth and to the cutting edge of whale researchWhales are among the largest, most intelligent, deepest diving species to have ever lived on our planet. They evolved from land-roaming, dog-like creatures into animals that move like fish, breathe like us, can grow to 300,000 pounds, live 200 years and roam entire ocean basins. Whales fill us with terror, awe, and affection--yet we know hardly anything about them, and they only enter our awareness when they die, struck by a ship or stranded in the surf. Why did it take whales over 50 million years to evolve to such big sizes, and how do they eat enough to stay that big? How did their ancestors return from land to the sea? Why do they beach themselves? What do their lives tell us about our oceans, and evolution as a whole? Importantly, in the sweepstakes of human-driven habitat and climate change, will whales survive?Nick Pyenson's research has given us the answers to some of our biggest questions about whales. Nick's rich storytelling takes us to the cool halls deep inside the Smithsonian's priceless fossil collection, to the frigid fishing decks on Antarctic whaling stations, and to the blazing hot desert of Chile where scientists race against time to document the largest fossil whalebone site on earth. Spying on Whales is science writing at its best: an author who is an incredible, passionate writer, at the forefront of his field, on a topic that invokes deep fascination....
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Spying on Whales: The Past, Present, and Future of Earth's Most Awesome Creatures Reviews
Since i was little I always was so intrigued about whales. This book lived up to what I was expecting and I learned quite a fee new things.
I really love whales, okay?
This book is SO good! I have always been interested in whales and paleontologist Nick Pyenson definitely has a deep and abiding love for them that comes through in this book. He divides the book into three sections—past, present, and future—and writes eloquently about whales. Ancient whales that were fossilized, whales whose populations were decimated by whaling, and what the future may bring for whales in a world populated by more and more humans.
I think the most fascinating thing I read was ab ...more
I won this book on Goodreads. This is a fantastic book! Sometimes, very knowledgeable people can be boring in lectures and books. NOT SO for Mr. Pyenson! He is obviously an expert in his field, but he explains whales & their behaviors to those of us who have very little scientific background so well that almost anyone can follow along without a dictionary or doing other research. I don't think that most people would know that whales once were land/semi-land creatures before adapting primaril ...more