216 pages, 5 1/5 x 9 2/5
12 colour photos
Release Date:01 Oct 2014
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Arctic Whales in a Melting World

University of Washington Press
The most unusual and least-studied of the large whales, narwhals thrive in the fjords and inlets of northern Canada and Greenland. Todd McLeish travels high above the Arctic circle to meet teams of scientific researchers studying the narwhal’s life cycle and the mysteries of its tusk, Inuit storytellers and hunters, and animals that share the narwhal’s habitat. From a history of the trade in narwhal tusks to descriptions of narwhal’s vocalizations as heard through hydrophones, this book reveals the beauty and excitement of the narwhal and its habitat, and the threats it faces from a rapidly changing world.
Todd McLeish takes us far in several dimensions-across space, through time, and into the interiors of the human mental landscape-to paint a vivid and eloquent portrait of an animal seldom seen, wrongly imagined, and too often mistreated. This is one of those rare books that lifts you up and takes you in. Carl Safina, author of Song for the Blue Ocean and The View From Lazy Point and A Natural Year in an Unnatural World
Narwhals is more than a 'whale of a tale' that lovers of the sea will enjoy reading. It also gives the reader a firsthand glimpse into the lives of Arctic dwellers as they struggle to survive in a changing world. Dr. Robert D. Ballard, marine explorer and oceanographer
Todd McLeish is the author of Golden Wings and Hairy Toes: Encounters with New England's Most Imperiled Wildlife and Basking with Humpbacks: Tracking Threatened Marine Life in New England Waters. He lives in Pascoag, Rhode Island.


1. First Encounter

2. Whale Spotting

3. A Symphony of Moos

4. The Inside-Out Tooth

5. Mythology

6. Melting Ice

7. Greenland

8. Subsistence

9. Muktuk

10. To the East

11. Playing Catch

12. Gaining Ground

13. Looking Ahead




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