I was sent a copy of Secrets of the Whales by TLC Book Tours at no charge for my honest review. I love National Geographic Books as they take me to new worlds.
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About Secrets of the Whales:
This provocative book of photography offers bold new insight into the lives of the world’s largest mammals, along with their complex societies. In these pages, we learn that whales share an amazing ability to learn and adapt to opportunities, from specialized feeding strategies to parenting techniques. There is also evidence of deeper, cultural elements of whale identity, from unique dialects to matrilineal societies to organized social customs like singing contests. Featuring the arresting underwater images of Brian Skerry, who has explored and documented oceans for over four decades, this book will document these alluring creatures in all their glory–and demonstrate how these majestic creatures can teach us about ourselves and our planet.
About the Author:
BRIAN SKERRY is a visual storyteller specializing in ocean wildlife and underwater realms. Since 1998 he has been a contributing photographer for National Geographic magazine. He was named a Photography Fellow by the National Geographic Society in 2014 and a Storytelling Fellow in 2017, the same year he was awarded the title of National Geographic Rolex Explorer of the Year. His work has also been featured in publications such as The NY Times, The Washington Post, Paris Match, and Audubon. He has spoken at venues worldwide including The United Nations General Assembly, The World Economic Forum, TED Talks, The Royal Geographical Society and the Sydney Opera House. He lives with his family in Maine.
As one would expect from a book put out by National Geographic, the photographs in this book are outstanding. I so enjoyed looking through them and remembering the trips I have taken with my husband where we saw different whales and dolphins; orcas off of Vancouver, Cananda, humpbacks, pygmy killer whales, and spinner dolphins off off Hawaii, bottlenose dolphins off of the Bahamas and one huge blue whale in the Baha.
The photos in the book are magical and yet sometimes simple all at once. They show these magnificent creatures doing the most ordinary things and actions we perceive as extraordinary. Having seen the humpbacks breeching I can say it’s a sight one does not forget. It also seems to me that when the spinner dolphins launch out of the water spinning and spinning that they are having a marvelous time.
The book also serves to educate on the various whales and dolphins for not all of them are as abundant as they were or should be. It’s fascinating to learn about the way they travel, bond, mate and give birth. I will look forward to looking through this book over and over again to relive my trips and rejoice in the magnificence of these creatures.
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