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From the author of The Hidden Lives of Owls, an exploration of the elusive lives of whales in the Pacific Ocean, home to orcas, humpbacks, sperm, blue, and gray whales.  

Leigh Calvez has spent a dozen years researching, observing, and probing the lives of the giants of the deep. Here, she relates the stories of nature's most remarkable creatures, including the familial orcas in the waters of Washington State and British Columbia; the migratory humpbacks; and the ancient, deep-diving blue whales, the largest animals on the planet. The lives of these whales are conveyed through the work of dedicated researchers who have spent decades tracking them along their secretive routes that extend for thousands of miles, gleaning their habits and sounds and distinguishing peculiarities. The author invites the listener onto a small research catamaran maneuvering among 100-foot-long blue whales off the coast of California; or to join the task of monitoring patterns of humpback whale movements at the ocean surface: tail throw, flipper slap, fluke up, or blow. To experience whales is breathtaking. To understand their lives deepens our connection with the natural world.

©2019 Leigh Calvez (P)2019 Tantor

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Amazing journey into the whale world

This book has been totally inspiring to me. It gives plenty of info about whale habits, social behavior and the more you read the more you get affectionate and respectful towards these animals. And I think that this is the author’s goal indeed.

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I couldn't handle the narration

I was really excited about this book but the reader sounded very robotic and I couldn't continue. I hope they re-do this one. I would love to listen. I have never had this problem with an audio book before.

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