Whale (Reaktion Books - Animal)

Whale (Reaktion Books - Animal)

Joe Roman


One hundred years in the past, a beached whale may were greeted by way of a mob wielding flensing knives; this day, humans carry harnesses and boats to aid it go back to the ocean. The whale is likely one of the such a lot awe-inspiring and clever animals in nature, sharing a posh courting with people that has significantly developed over the centuries. Joe Roman bargains in Whale a attention-grabbing and in-depth examine the cultural and usual historical past of those majestic aquatic mammals.

From the Biblical prophet Jonah to Moby-Dick to fresh discoveries of cetacean songs and tradition, Roman examines the whale's function in historical past, artwork, literature, trade, and technological know-how. Whale good points bright illustrations, starting from Stone Age carvings to full-color underwater photos, which vividly deliver to existence the wealthy symbolic meanings surrounding the whale. Roman additionally examines the ecological and evolutionary background of the whale in addition to modern problems with conservation. Whale is an interesting quantity that would attract all these drawn to the real position that those kings of the sea have performed in human culture.

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