[MARMAM] New book on humpback whales

Phillip Clapham - NOAA Federal phillip.clapham at noaa.gov
Tue Oct 29 08:41:56 PDT 2013


I'm happy to announce the publication (officially on the 31st) of a new
book on humpback whales.  *Winged Leviathan: The Story Of The Humpback Whale
* is a coffee-table book that combines an overview of the biology and
behavior of this, my favorite species, with numerous images by wildlife
photographer Colin Baxter.

It's (inevitably) available on Amazon, where you can see an image of the
cover... Alternatively, I have a limited number of pre-release copies
available for $22 plus postage (and yes, I can inscribe some suitably
cheery or amusing message over my signature for anyone who'd like a signed
copy).  Publisher blurb given below.

Phil Clapham
phillip.clapham at gmail.com


*Winged Leviathan: The Story of the Humpback Whale*
Few animals inspire such wonder as the great whales, and the humpback whale
can stake a fair claim to being the most beloved of all. Known for its
spectacular breaching displays, ingenious feeding methods and its haunting
song, the humpback is today a staple of the whale-watching industry in many
countries. Yet for centuries humpback whales enjoyed no such relationship
with humans, and were instead the focus of a relentless commercial hunt
that almost rendered them extinct. Whale biologist Phil Clapham s detailed
insight into the world of this remarkable animal tells of the humpback s
extraordinary seasonal migrations, which are among the longest of any
mammal. We learn how they cleverly use bubbles to trap schools of fish, are
introduced to the mystery of the male humpback s beautiful song, and
discover that during the winter breeding season males are anything but
gentle giants. The book also traces the history of whaling for this
species, and explains the threats to recovery faced by remaining humpback
whale populations today. Winged Leviathan is a comprehensive and passionate
account of one of the world s most fascinating animals, told by a biologist
who has spent much of his life in their company, and sensitively portrayed
by a photographer who has followed these magnificent animals around the
earth’s oceans.
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