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Watching Giants: The Secret Lives Of Whales,
This review is from: Watching Giants: The Secret Lives of Whales (Hardcover)
This is one book I just couldn't put down and I was sad when I finished it as I wanted it to continue indefinately. It is positively crammed with fascinating facts about the lives of whales and dolphins. Seeing your first whale or dolphin is often a life changing experience for most people but its only when you study their often complex social lives in depth that you truly gain an understanding of cetaceans which inhabit a medium alien to us. There are however remarkable similarties with our own 'culture'. Dr. Kelsey's book reads like a good novel with its fair share of 'Intrigue', '(Whale)Sex' and 'Humour'! The book's release was timely in my case as there are many references in it to Baja and the Gulf of California an area which I will be visiting in March in search of Whales in one of the richest marine habitats on the Planet. If you have ever wondered how baby dolphins are able to keep up with their mothers when in motion then the book will explain 'Beroulli's Principle' to you in simple terms. Another fascinating fact is how Humpback Whales act collectively to herd fish by the use of sound (hunting sounds) and then form bubble-nets which allows other members of the group to gulp huge mouthfulls of fish. This is one fact that will definately impress your friends over a pint in a pub.
Thanks for a well written book Dr.Kelsey and opening my eyes to the mysterious World of the Whales the Ocean's gentle giants.