Spying on Whales: The Past, Present, and Future of Earth's Most Awesome Creatures

Spying on Whales: The Past, Present, and Future of Earth's Most Awesome Creatures

The Smithsonian's star paleontologist takes us to the ends of the earth and to the cutting edge of whale research Whales are among the largest, most intelligent, deepest diving species to have ever lived on our planet. They evolved from land-roaming, dog-like creatures into animals that move like fish, breathe like us, can grow to 300,000 pounds, live 200 years and roam ent The Smithsonian's star paleontologist takes us to the ends of the earth and to the cutting edge of whale research ...

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Title:Spying on Whales: The Past, Present, and Future of Earth's Most Awesome Creatures
Author:Nick Pyenson
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:Spying on Whales: The Past, Present, and Future of Earth's Most Awesome Creatures
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:336 pages pages

Spying on Whales: The Past, Present, and Future of Earth's Most Awesome Creatures Reviews

  • Awallens
    Sep 18, 2018
    This book was very dry in places and I found the writing a bit scattered going from one thing to another. I wish it had been a little more linear. ...
  • Alicia
    Nov 17, 2018
    With a glut of science books focused on humans? curiosity with the animal world, I am in awe. The ocean is just one big ball is amazingness that has yet to really be explored because it tests our limits, so it wasn?t hard to read this book when a Smithsonian scientist wanted to tal...
  • Stephanie
    Sep 05, 2018
    SPYING ON WHALES: Teaching the Heart of Science http://fangswandsandfairydust.com/201... The author and whale paleobiologist provides a fascinating look at the when and what of his work. I voluntarily reviewed an advance readers copy of this book. No remuneration was exchanged and...
  • Jessie
    Oct 09, 2018
    Imperfect, uneven, sometimes very dry -- but this kindled my desire to learn more about its subject more than just about any other book I can recall, which means it gets four stars. ...
  • Cher
    Jul 25, 2018
    4 stars - It was great. I loved it. Did you know that whales used to walk on land before returning to the water? Oh the rabbit holes this book led me down?.googled until my googler was sore. Easy to read (not dry at all) with fascinating tidbits. I love that the author makes y...
  • Edward Canade
    Aug 10, 2018
    I liked it. I like whales and I felt like I learned some about their evolution, habits and and the effects of whaling and climate change on their chances for survival. Nick Pension intentionally wrote in a style any layperson can understand. The author shares his personal experiences i...
  • princesspwny
    Nov 13, 2018
    I wanted very much to enjoy this book, but it was dry and poorly focused. The emphasis was on personal experiences and the paleontology/taxonomy, without strongly addressing the compelling questions in the jacket blurb. Although there are some illustrations, they are overly simplistic ...
  • Ben
    Oct 13, 2018
    This is a good science book. It focuses on a few of the author's discoveries. For example, with collaborators, he worked on a massive whale graveyard in Chile, where dozens of rare complete skeletons were found, having been laid down in four different events?thought to be victims of ...
  • Allen Adams
    Jul 03, 2018
    http://www.themaineedge.com/tekk/spyi... Writing about science in a manner that is entertaining and accessible while also conveying the desired information with clarity and concision ? not an easy task by any means. Finding the proper balance of wonky jargon and narrative engageme...
  • Peter Tillman
    Sep 29, 2018
    First-rate popular-science book, may be the best I?ve read this year. Highly recommended, if you are interested in whales, marine biology and/or paleontology. If, like me, you like all three ? don?t miss! 4.5 stars. The author, a paleontologist, is Curator of Marine Mammal Fos...
  • Danielle
    Aug 16, 2018
    First, I listened to the audio book and didn't realize that the physical book is full of drawings and diagrams. I think this book would have been easier to follow if those diagrams had been provided to audio book listeners. Second, I had a hard time with the author describing hitching ...
  • Caitlin
    Sep 15, 2018
    Fascinating, easy read about these majestic animals. I found the evolutionary history and the author?s guesses as to where the different species of whales may lead to be the most interesting aspects of the book. Worth the read. ...
  • Evan
    Jul 14, 2018
    I received an advance reading copy of this book, for free, through Goodreads First Reads program in exchange for my honest review. As the curator of fossil marine mammals at Smithsonian, there is no denying that Nick Pyenson is an expert in his field. The research he conducted while...
  • Natalie Keating
    Jul 13, 2018
    This book is SO good! I have always been interested in whales and paleontologist Nick Pyenson definitely has a deep and abiding love for them that comes through in this book. He divides the book into three sections?past, present, and future?and writes eloquently about whales. Ancie...
  • Brian Beatty
    Nov 30, 2018
    Full disclosure: I know the author quite well, having been a friend in graduate school and a colleague in our mutually shared research focus on marine mammal paleontology. First, I know I?m biased and share a love for this topic like the author does. I know almost everyone mention...
  • Becky Stanley
    Nov 14, 2018
    Lots of information about whale evolution, although it was a little dry for my taste. I was hoping to learn more about behaviors and family structure so I had expectations going into this book which probably colored my experience a bit. I definitely walked away with some new informatio...
  • Ben Wright
    Sep 25, 2018
    A breezy, yet enjoyable survey of what makes cetaceans special. As an amateur whale enthusiast I didn't learn anything especially novel, but appreciated Pyenson's prose for trying to be a more than a fossil-dry overview of his specialty. Recommend if you're curious about whales, especi...
  • Debbie
    Jun 02, 2018
    I finished reading ?Spying on Whales? by Nick Pyeson. I found it to be an informative book on everything whales. I learned quite a few new things about whales. Beautiful animals! ...
  • Mary  Carrasco
    Aug 24, 2018
    When I think about whales, I get excited. What amazing, majestic HUGE creatures! They hold a very symbolic meaning for me and so I couldn't wait to get this book. The book itself is still fascinating but exciting? Not so much. Written by a scientist, it reads a bit like a science book....
  • Melissa McGuire
    May 30, 2018
    Since i was little I always was so intrigued about whales. This book lived up to what I was expecting and I learned quite a fee new things. ...
  • Dre McDermott
    Nov 17, 2018
    This was very encyclopedia-ish and full of really fascinating information. I was hoping for more of a narrative but still incredibly readable for this genre. ...
  • Juli
    Aug 11, 2018
    I've always had a fascination with whales, dolphins and other mammals that live in the sea. I think maybe it's because they are so like us, and yet so different at the same time. When I saw this book written by a Smithsonian paleontologist, I knew I had to read all about the past, pres...
  • Aaron Schmidt
    Aug 16, 2018
    3.5 stars I find whales to be one of the most majestic and mysterious species on our planet. There is so much that we don't know about them, and their culture(s). The fact that I can say 'culture' when talking about whales is fairly unique in itself. There are not many families of o...
  • Steve Nolan
    Jul 09, 2018
    I think having read "The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs" right before reading this really soured this one for me - there was more paleontology in this book than there was in the dino book. ...
  • An
    Oct 17, 2018
    In Spying on Whales, Nick Pyenson takes the reader on a journey from the fossil pits of Chile to the whaling stations of Iceland to explore the past, present, and future of these mysterious marine mammals. Pyenson writes in a clear and straightforward style that makes for quick, easy r...
  • Scarlett Readz and Runz....Through Novel Time & Distance
    Sep 06, 2018
    Spying on Whales is a beautifully written introduction to the immersive world of whales. From their ancestry to their future, the beauty and evolution of these magnificent creatures as well as their adaptability, influence and importance to their and other ecosystems is explored in eas...
  • Bandit
    Oct 12, 2018
    If you are looking about a general book about all sorts of whales you might want to pass. Although I was disappointed that the author focused on particular whales, I appreciated the scientific insight on their evolution, what bones reveal, a different outlook on whaling, and other thin...
  • Dustin Rottier
    Aug 29, 2018
    Won this book in a Goodreads giveaway from Viking books. This is a relatively quick, easy read packed with scientific data and anecdotes. Author is a paleontologist and rightfully includes his expertise to help explain the natural history of whales and highlight many of the questions s...
  • Alyssa Swink
    Dec 02, 2018
    DNF. Very interesting, but I need to be in a different state of mind to read it. Hopefully I can finish it in the future. ...
  • EC2151
    Sep 03, 2018
    Be aware that the book is mostly interested in facets of whale biology and fossilized whale bones. Vignettes and anecdotes about discovering whale fossils etc. fill out the tract. There is time given to discussing the process of tagging whales, how whales evolved to meet various differ...