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Spying on Whales: The Past, Present, and Future of Earth's Most Awesome Creatures

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The Smithsonian's star paleontologist takes us to the ends of the earth and to the cutting edge of whale research

Whales 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 ent
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Hardcover, 336 pages
Expected publication: June 26th 2018 by Viking
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Nicholas I'm a bit biased, but I wrote the book because I mainly wanted to share stories about how scientists figure out mysterious things -- in this case,…moreI'm a bit biased, but I wrote the book because I mainly wanted to share stories about how scientists figure out mysterious things -- in this case, some of the most mysterious mammals on the planet. So, yes, if you're into nature, but also if you're into detective stories, and the thrill of making new discoveries. Hope that helps, and hope you find a copy! (less)
Nicholas This is a such a great question. Yes, this is a book for people who love whales: it's way to find out how we know the amazing facts about them; and…moreThis is a such a great question. Yes, this is a book for people who love whales: it's way to find out how we know the amazing facts about them; and that means bringing the reader along on the journeys of scientific discovery, from the frontlines, with the real scientists who figured it out. Like every other organism, whales also have an evolutionary history -- a surprising one too -- and I think it's critical to know that deep ancestry so that we can understand where they're heading, in the future. Evolution is woven into these stories as much as physics and events in human history -- all pieces of knowledge needed to unravel the many mysteries that still remain about these animals.(less)

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Melissa McGuire
May 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
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.
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May 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Won as a goodreads giveaway. Thoroughly enjoyed. Made me ask a lot of questions about whales I'd never really asked myself before. Informative and well written.
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I finished reading “Spying on Whales” by Nick Pyeson. I found it to be an informative book on everything whales. I learned quite a few new things about whales. Beautiful animals!
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May 25, 2018 marked it as to-read
Won this from goodreads giveaways. Will update review when I receive and have read it. Hoping that the research referred to in the book is field research and is humane so I don't end up hating it.
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