By Dick Russell

ISBN-10: 1423767187

ISBN-13: 9781423767183

ISBN-10: 1559630884

ISBN-13: 9781559630887

"Once shortly, a publication comes alongside that redefines its topic to the level that almost all earlier works instantly turn into out of date. Eye of the Whale is this sort of will swap how you take into consideration the common world." -RICHARD ELLIS, la occasions e-book REVIEWNamed a top publication of the yr by way of 3 significant newspapers upon its preliminary book, and now to be had for the 1st time in paperback, Eye of the Whale deals a thrilling mix of event and ordinary background as Dick Russell follows the migration of the grey whale from Mexico's Baja peninsula to the Arctic's Bering Strait.Originally named "Devil-fish' by way of nineteenth-century whalers, the grey whale's pleasant overtures towards people over the last new release helped to spark the expansion of present day whale-watching undefined. This majestic marine mammal has additionally turn into a spotlight of controversy, as environmentalists fought to guard its breeding region from business improvement, a few protested renewed searching by means of a local American tribe, and, extra lately, clinical reports have famous a brand new decline within the whale's population.Russell's narrative interweaves the outstanding tale of Charles Melville Scammon, a nineteenth-century whaling captain liable for bringing grey whales to the threshold of extinction, whose switch of center ended in his changing into a well known naturalist. Retracing Scammon's direction, the writer encounters modern marine biologists who've dedicated their lives to learning the grey whale, and local peoples for whom subsistence whale searching ability survival within the such a lot distant areas of the North Pacific.Called "an striking e-book" through The Washington put up, Eye of the Whale is a stirring account of a creature that's altering our awareness in regards to the dating among humans and the animal state.

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Pelicans and cormorants filled the air and surrounding waters. Hawks had built high nests of dry sticks. Around the shores huge green turtles in large numbers lay sleeping. ” The men had proceeded a few miles along the banks of an arroyo when they were met by a group of Mexicans on mules. Scammon spoke Spanish. An old man, who called himself Don José and appeared to be a sort of patriarch, informed him that he had many times come down from the mountains but never seen another soul. Nowhere along the lagoon was there any sign of wood, freshwater, or human habitation.

The situation looked pretty hopeless. I suggested to Alice that the two of us should start walking and try to find help. It would be dark soon, but the moon was full. I figured that the Kuyima campground couldn’t be more than a few miles farther. Max insisted on coming along. Carrying a small flashlight, the three of us set out into the gathering dusk. Off to the west the lagoon’s northern arm shimmered where it meets Scammon’s drawing of whalers in San Ignacio Lagoon, the Frontispiece of his 1874 book CLOSE ENCOUNTER AT SAN IGNACIO LAGOON 35 the salt flats.

There’s an American whale-watching campground here called Baja Discovery, perched above a sandstone beach. The currents moving seaward beyond the point are strong and steady. Flocks of brown cormorants fly overhead. Caspian terns with bright orange bills and black crowns flap their wings, preparing to dive at the silvery flash of mullet near the surface. Every year some eighty species of shorebirds and waterfowl arrive from northern latitudes to winter here, at the same season that the gray whales find refuge in these still waters.

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