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by Douglas Hand

Gone Whaling: A Search for Orcas in Northwest Waters download ebook
ISBN:
0671768409
ISBN13:
978-0671768409
Author:
Douglas Hand
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster (July 1, 1994)
Language:
Pages:
223 pages
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1242 kb
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1397 kb
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Category:
Biological Sciences
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Rating:
4.7

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In the darkened halls of the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, Douglas Hand encountered a killer whale with the head of a man emerging from the blowhole. This puzzling and haunting specter was carved on a worn cedar totem pole of the Haida, Native Americans of the Northwest coast.

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Hand's book is less interested in whales than in the humans (including the author) who concern themselves with them. Freelance jounalist Hand's involvement with orcas begins, curiously enough, not with the real animal but with the carved totem poles of the Halda people of the Pacific Northwest displayed in the American Museum of Natural History. These images set him off on a quest to reel the animals in himself.

Half-orc is a term used to describe the offspring of an orc or half-orc parent and a parent of any other species. Since the beginning of the First War, orcs have interbred with a number of species: mostly humans, but half-ogres and half-draenei are not unheard of. (HPG 139) (BtDP It most often refers to a half orc/human, but can also be used to refer to a half-orc half-ogre, or half-orc half-draenei.

to the early 1900s the fleet never numbered more than eight vessels  .

A poetic and contemplative account of a journey to the Pacific Northwest in search of orcas provides an informative look at the orca's natural history, behavior, and communication, as well as at some of the scientists who spend their lives studying them.
Reviews:
  • Boraston
I read this book a few years ago, and I remember thinking that the ideas were extremely interesting, and that the book was reasonably well written. However, the editing was absolutely terrible. It was quite distracting at times, and made the author look bad (but something convinced me at the time that the majority of problems really were editorial ones). Very frustrating. Anyhow, if you're willing to wade through those errors, or if there has been a second edition published, I recommend it. This is a fascinating read for anyone with an interest in a mammal found in every ocean in the world, whether you know more about orcas than the author, or whether you are as new to orca legend as he.
  • DEAD-SHOT
This book is spell binding. I haven't even finished it yet, but I have enjoyed every word thus far. The author paints a watery world of murky human-orca relations, and lets the reader accompany him on his quest. If you are at all interested in orcas, their history with humans, native american totems, etc., this book is well worth the price. I have found it to be both spiritual and educational.