Daily Archives: November 6, 2018

*** Spying on Whales by Nick Pyenson

Written by a paleontologist, ¬†Spying on Whales: The Past, Present, and Future of Earth’s Most Awesome Creatures¬†takes us from Chile to North Carolina, from Iceland to the Antarctic, to look at bones, at live whales, and even whales in the process of being rendered into meat (yes, Iceland still hunts whales). The author manages to share his love for whales and the mysteries of their size and organs very effectively, and he also does a great job of showing how very difficult it is to study animals that are simply huge (hence the visit to the Iceland rendering plant: they actually own cranes and other devices that make it possible to maneuver their enormous bodies!)

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