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:0735224560
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:336 pages pages

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

  • Michaela
    Aug 05, 2018
    Emphasis on the "spying". Really more about the process of being a scientist (in the context of whale research) than whales themselves. A good glimpse into that research world, and some good stories about whales along the way. ...
  • Onceinabluemoon
    Jul 25, 2018
    2.5. This book was not what I expected, Very scientific, hey guess what, the author is a scientist making it a poor choice for me! Having lived on the coast for many years and taking oceanography in school I have a great fascination with whales, for me, this was just dry facts over the...
  • Marcia
    Jul 20, 2018
    I won this book on Goodreads. This is a fantastic book! Sometimes, very knowledgeable people can be boring in lectures and books. NOT SO for Mr. Pyenson! He is obviously an expert in his field, but he explains whales & their behaviors to those of us who have very little scientific ...
  • Megan
    Jul 07, 2018
    One of my first favourite books was The Whale Tale, which featured Kermit the Frog and his nephew Robin saving some whales from evil (pig) whalers. I also did a few projects on whales in elementary school; I've always been a fan of the giant marine mammals. My interest in maritime and ...
  • Pam
    Jul 28, 2018
    This book starts with fossils and explaining what the fossils of whales tell us about their past. Then it talks about current whales and what we know and are learning about them. Then it ends talking a bit about their possible future. I really enjoyed this book. Especially the stories ...
  • 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...
  • James (JD) Dittes
    Aug 11, 2018
    Pyenson here synthesizes a number of areas of science: evolutionary biology, marine biology, paleontology, and physiology to name a few. And what creature could inspire such a wide-ranging look into Nature's past, present, and future? It would have to be the whale. Pyenson takes ...
  • Dlhmoore
    Aug 19, 2018
    Before being the largest animal to ever grace this planet he walked on land. This is just one of the fascinating items found in this book. They are a diverse group scattered around all the water on the planet. They live in groups, have cultures, languages and the killer whale?s intel...
  • 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...
  • Read Ng
    Aug 06, 2018
    This was a GoodReads giveaway win. This was a good and educational book of whales. I learned quite a bit about whales, but I have to admit that I never really took the time beforehand to study whales. This book is written in clear and easy to understand terms. At times I thought it ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • Dolly
    Aug 06, 2018
    I won this on GoodReads. For those with an interest in whales and the study of whales, ?Spying on Whales? by Nick Pyenson is a great read. It is a balanced blend of information about whales and what it is like to study them. For me, who finds whales interesting but has never stu...
  • Rick Hollis
    Aug 12, 2018
    The author is the Curator of Marine Fossils at the Smithsonian. He explores whales: their lives, their evolutionary history, their future. Chapters include Mammals Like No Other, The Age of Giants, The Ocean's Utmost Bones and Arctic Time Machines. For a scientist, this is a great r...
  • Rachel
    Aug 17, 2018
    I was super excited for this book because I love whales and there were definitely parts that were interesting.....however, so much of it read like a textbook and I frankly stopped reading and just started skimming..... Sad to me because I was excited about it initially and then I just ...
  • 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...
  • 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! ...
  • 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. ...
  • 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...
  • Liz
    Jul 21, 2018
    By coincidence, my husband and I just returned from a trip to Iceland where we went on a whale watching excursion. The ecologist guide went into great detail about the whales we were able to see and supplied us with all sorts of interesting information but that was nothing compared to ...
  • Jim
    Jul 12, 2018
    I won this book on Goodreads. I had a difficult time with this book, it just didn't really hold my interest. At first I was thinking, oh no not another book spewing global warming/climate change and the inaccuracies and political spin that surround it but thank God it was limited to ju...
  • 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. ...
  • Rick  Jackofsky
    Jul 11, 2018
    I saw this book listed as a Goodreads giveaway. I thought it looked interesting and I was pleasantly surprised when I got the email informing me that I was a a Giveaways winner. The copy I received was an "advance uncorrected manuscript", (hopefully the typos, were corrected before it ...
  • Bill Melville
    Jul 16, 2018
    A pretty amazing cross-section of exploration into ancestral and modern whales. What we don't know about them is staggering. Pyenson's work at the Smithsonian places him on the forefront of discoveries and gives him unparalleled access to fossils, dig sites and even a commercial whalin...
  • John
    Aug 03, 2018
    A very good read. Could have used a little more depth on the science but overall a very informative look into the lives of whales past, present and future. My one major complaint is that a book like this almost screams for photographic plates. Between the digs, live research and descri...
  • Jo Bray
    Jul 29, 2018
    Read this! This non fiction book written by a Smithsonian curator is fascinating, easy to read and worth your time. His writing is smooth, understandable and fun. I was enthralled from the beginning. If you don't love whales , you will after reading this book which encompasses the p...
  • Leah Lodato
    Aug 11, 2018
    A straightforward, easy read describing some pretty incredible animals and their future on this planet. There is a chapter in the epilogue called ?A Family Tree Of Whales? which I wish had been in the front of the book because it would have helped with terminology. I found myself w...
  • Elaine Stuart McDonald
    Aug 18, 2018
    Whales past and present Easy read of past, present and possible future of the largest animals ever on earth or the seas, whales. Perspective of a fossil hunter but plenty of whale facts and insights. I liked the essay style writing and how the separate chapters flowed together. ...