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Whale
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  • Comments: 2006. Paperback. Whales are the largest animals ever to have lived on the earth; a large Blue Whale's tongue alone can weigh more than an elephant. This title recounts the evolutionary and ecological background, as well as the cultural history, of these extraordinary mammals, long persecuted and now celebrated throughout the world. Series: Animal S. Num Pages: 224 pages, 75 black & white illustrations, 25 colour illustrations. BIC Classification: WNCS. Category: (G) General (US: Trade). Dimension: 197 x 136

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  • ISBN-13: 9781861892461
  • ISBN: 1861892462
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  • Publisher: Reaktion Books, Limited

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One hundred years ago, a beached whale would have been greeted by a mob wielding flensing knives; today, people bring harnesses and boats to help it return to the sea. The whale is one of the most awe-inspiring and intelligent animals in nature, sharing a complex relationship with humans that has radically evolved over the centuries. Joe Roman offers in "Whale "a fascinating and in-depth look at the cultural and natural history of these majestic aquatic mammals. From the Biblical prophet Jonah to Moby-Dick to recent discoveries of cetacean songs and culture, Roman examines the whale's role in history, art, literature, commerce, and science. "Whale" features vibrant illustrations, ranging from Stone Age carvings to full-color underwater photographs, which vividly bring to life the rich symbolic meanings surrounding the whale. Roman also examines the ecological and evolutionary history of the whale as well as contemporary issues of conservation. "Whale" is an engaging volume that will appeal to all those interested in the important role that these kings of the ocean have played in human culture.Roman, Joe is the author of 'Whale ', published 2006 under ISBN 9781861892461 and ISBN 1861892462.

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