Eye of the Whale: Epic Passage From Baja To Siberia by Dick Russell

By Dick Russell

"Once shortly, a ebook comes alongside that redefines its topic to the level that almost all prior works instantly develop into out of date. Eye of the Whale is one of these book...it will switch how you take into consideration the ordinary world." -RICHARD ELLIS, l. a. occasions booklet REVIEWNamed a most sensible e-book of the 12 months via 3 significant newspapers upon its preliminary booklet, and now on hand for the 1st time in paperback, Eye of the Whale bargains a thrilling mix of event and usual heritage as Dick Russell follows the migration of the grey whale from Mexico's Baja peninsula to the Arctic's Bering Strait.Originally named "Devil-fish' through nineteenth-century whalers, the grey whale's pleasant overtures towards people over the last new release helped to spark the expansion of trendy whale-watching undefined. This majestic marine mammal has additionally turn into a spotlight of controversy, as environmentalists fought to guard its breeding region from business improvement, a few protested renewed searching via a local American tribe, and, extra lately, medical stories have famous a brand new decline within the whale's population.Russell's narrative interweaves the notable tale of Charles Melville Scammon, a nineteenth-century whaling captain accountable for bringing grey whales to the threshold of extinction, whose switch of center ended in his changing into a popular naturalist. Retracing Scammon's direction, the writer encounters modern marine biologists who've dedicated their lives to learning the grey whale, and local peoples for whom subsistence whale searching potential survival within the such a lot distant areas of the North Pacific.Called "an amazing e-book" by means of The Washington put up, Eye of the Whale is a stirring account of a creature that's altering our recognition in regards to the courting among humans and the animal country.

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Near the stern a man smiles and waves at us. It’s John Spencer, bare-chested and wearing swimming trunks. He leans far over the side and cradles the head of a mother whale between his hands. Then, as if playing a game known only to the pair of them, he gently twists the whale’s head until she submerges in another burst of foam. I see John tugging at his whale’s-tail earring. He waves again. After three hours on the lagoon, our skipper prepares to head back. Off to starboard two whales hover together in the turquoise sea, side by side, motionless, bidding farewell.

Other types of whales generally reacted to a harpoon only once the line was taut; the grays would respond at the first piercing of the iron. ” 40 DICK RUSSELL When the parent animal is attacked, they show a power of resistance and tenacity of life that distinguish them from all other cetaceans. Many an expert whaleman has suffered in his encounters with them, and many a one has paid the penalty with his life. —Charles Melville Scammon, 1874 A fuchsia sun is rising. Several traditional Mexican fishing boats, small motorized skiffs called pangas, are moored to rocks just off the beach.

To the east, between the peninsula and the mainland of Mexico, flows the Gulf of California, also called the Sea of Cortés. Over millions CLOSE ENCOUNTER AT SAN IGNACIO LAGOON 31 of years this vein of the Pacific formed as tectonic activity along the San Andreas Fault separated the two landmasses. While mainland Mexico was evolving complex civilizations like the Mayans and Aztecs, Baja remained primitive and isolated, peopled by a few wandering huntergatherer tribes. This land route toward the winter home of the gray whales is still a rugged and arid place.

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