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The Sounding of the Whale

The Sounding of the Whale
  • Author : D. Graham Burnett
  • Publsiher : University of Chicago Press
  • Release : 09 January 2012
  • ISBN : 0226081338
  • Pages : 824 pages
  • Rating : 4/5 from 21 ratings
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From the Bible’s “Canst thou raise leviathan with a hook?” to Captain Ahab’s “From Hell’s heart I stab at thee!,” from the trials of Job to the legends of Sinbad, whales have breached in the human imagination as looming figures of terror, power, confusion, and mystery. In the twentieth century, however, our understanding of and relationship to these superlatives of creation underwent some astonishing changes, and with The Sounding of the Whale, D. Graham Burnett tells the fascinating story of the transformation of cetaceans from grotesque monsters, useful only as wallowing kegs of fat and fertilizer, to playful friends of humanity, bellwethers of environmental devastation, and, finally, totems of the counterculture in the Age of Aquarius. When Burnett opens his story, ignorance reigns: even Nature was misclassifying whales at the turn of the century, and the only biological study of the species was happening in gruesome Arctic slaughterhouses. But in the aftermath of World War I, an international effort to bring rational regulations to the whaling industry led to an explosion of global research—and regulations that, while well-meaning, were quashed, or widely flouted, by whaling nations, the first shot in a battle that continues to this day. The book closes with a look at the remarkable shift in public attitudes toward whales that began in the 1960s, as environmental concerns and new discoveries about whale behavior combined to make whales an object of sentimental concern and public adulation. A sweeping history, grounded in nearly a decade of research, The Sounding of the Whale tells a remarkable story of how science, politics, and simple human wonder intertwined to transform the way we see these behemoths from below.


The Sounding of the Whale

The Sounding of the Whale
  • Author : D. Graham Burnett
  • Publisher : University of Chicago Press
  • Release : 09 January 2012
GET THIS BOOKThe Sounding of the Whale

From the Bible’s “Canst thou raise leviathan with a hook?” to Captain Ahab’s “From Hell’s heart I stab at thee!,” from the trials of Job to the legends of Sinbad, whales have breached in the human imagination as looming figures of terror, power, confusion, and mystery. In the twentieth century, however, our understanding of and relationship to these superlatives of creation underwent some astonishing changes, and with The Sounding of the Whale, D. Graham Burnett tells the


Sounding the Whale

Sounding the Whale
  • Author : Christopher Sten
  • Publisher : Kent State University Press
  • Release : 26 February 1996
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An account of Christopher Sten's close encounter of Moby Dick. This work argues that Melville was not only familiar with traditional forms of narrative but that he refined them and appropriated them to his own original purposes.


Sounding

Sounding
  • Author : Hank Searls
  • Publisher : Open Road Media
  • Release : 10 June 2014
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A New York Times–bestselling author’s intricately conceived, “remarkably eloquent” response to Moby-Dick: a story of harmony between man and whale (The Washington Post). This unique adventure tale follows two characters: one a sonar officer aboard a sinking Russian nuclear submarine; the other a massive, aging sperm whale swimming nearby. As the young man spends what may be his last days with the ship’s lovely surgeon, he listens to the plaintive calls of the whales sounding—calls of


The Sound of Whales

The Sound of Whales
  • Author : Kerr Thomson
  • Publisher : Scholastic UK
  • Release : 02 April 2015
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On a remote Scottish island, three children make a shocking discovery: two bodies on the beach, a whale and a man. Fraser and Hayley see it as the start of an adventure, but sensitive Dunny is distraught. What happened on the water just isn't natural ... and only by watching the whales can it be put right.


Sounding the Limits of Life

Sounding the Limits of Life
  • Author : Stefan Helmreich
  • Publisher : Princeton University Press
  • Release : 27 October 2015
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What is life? What is water? What is sound? In Sounding the Limits of Life, anthropologist Stefan Helmreich investigates how contemporary scientists—biologists, oceanographers, and audio engineers—are redefining these crucial concepts. Life, water, and sound are phenomena at once empirical and abstract, material and formal, scientific and social. In the age of synthetic biology, rising sea levels, and new technologies of listening, these phenomena stretch toward their conceptual snapping points, breaching the boundaries between the natural, cultural, and virtual.


Ocean Noise and Marine Mammals

Ocean Noise and Marine Mammals
  • Author : National Research Council,Division on Earth and Life Studies,Ocean Studies Board,Committee on Potential Impacts of Ambient Noise in the Ocean on Marine Mammals
  • Publisher : National Academies Press
  • Release : 22 June 2003
GET THIS BOOKOcean Noise and Marine Mammals

For the 119 species of marine mammals, as well as for some other aquatic animals, sound is the primary means of learning about the environment and of communicating, navigating, and foraging. The possibility that human-generated noise could harm marine mammals or significantly interfere with their normal activities is an issue of increasing concern. Noise and its potential impacts have been regulated since the passage of the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972. Public awareness of the issue escalated in 1990s when researchers



A 52-Hertz Whale

A 52-Hertz Whale
  • Author : Bill Sommer,Natalie Haney Tilghman
  • Publisher : Carolrhoda Lab ®
  • Release : 01 September 2015
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"It appears to be the only individual emitting a call at this frequency and hence, has been described as the world's loneliest whale."—Wikipedia So here's how it all starts: James, a high school freshman, is worried that the young humpback whale he tracks online has separated from its pod. So naturally he emails Darren, the twentysomething would-be filmmaker who volunteered in James's special education program back in middle school. Of course, Darren is useless on the subject of whales,


A Whale Hunt

A Whale Hunt
  • Author : Robert Sullivan
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release : 26 February 2021
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Chronicles the author's two years spent with the Makah Indians as they prepared for their first whale hunt since the 1920s, describing their struggles against poverty and alcoholism, and their hope for success despite the obstacles.


Cetacean Societies

Cetacean Societies
  • Author : Janet Mann,Richard C. Connor,Peter L. Tyack,Hal Whitehead
  • Publisher : University of Chicago Press
  • Release : 01 June 2000
GET THIS BOOKCetacean Societies

"Part review, part testament to extraordinary dedication, and part call to get involved, Cetacean Societies highlights the achievements of behavioral ecologists inspired by the challenges of cetaceans and committed to the exploration of a new world."—from the preface by Richard Wrangham Long-lived, slow to reproduce, and often hidden beneath the water's surface, whales and dolphins (cetaceans) have remained elusive subjects for scientific study even though they have fascinated humans for centuries. Until recently, much of what we knew about


The Weaver-God, He Weaves

The Weaver-God, He Weaves
  • Author : Christopher Sten
  • Publisher : Kent State University Press
  • Release : 26 February 1996
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In this book, the author sets out to dispel the idea that Melville was an author of raw genius who knew, or cared little, about the art of the novel. Rather, he shows how Melville not only knew about the novelist's craft, but also appropriated and transformed a series of distinct genres.


Sperm Whales

Sperm Whales
  • Author : Hal Whitehead
  • Publisher : University of Chicago Press
  • Release : 15 August 2003
GET THIS BOOKSperm Whales

Famed in story as "the great leviathans," sperm whales are truly creatures of extremes. Giants among all whales, they also have the largest brains of any creature on Earth. Males can reach a length of sixty-two feet and can weigh upwards of fifty tons. With this book, Hal Whitehead gives us a clearer picture of the ecology and social life of sperm whales than we have ever had before. Based on almost two decades of field research, Whitehead describes their


Marine Mammals and Noise

Marine Mammals and Noise
  • Author : W. John Richardson,Charles R. Greene, Jr.,Charles I. Malme,Denis H. Thomson
  • Publisher : Academic Press
  • Release : 22 October 2013
GET THIS BOOKMarine Mammals and Noise

Many marine mammals communicate by emitting sounds that pass through water. Such sounds can be received across great distances and can influence the behavior of these undersea creatures. In the past few decades, the oceans have become increasingly noisy, as underwater sounds from propellers, sonars, and other human activities make it difficult for marine mammals to communicate. This book discusses, among many other topics, just how well marine mammals hear, how noisy the oceans have become, and what effects these


Animal Sonar Systems

Animal Sonar Systems
  • Author : R. Busnel
  • Publisher : Springer Science & Business Media
  • Release : 29 June 2013
GET THIS BOOKAnimal Sonar Systems

Thirteen years have gone by since the first international meet ing on Animal Sonar Systems was held in Frascati, Italy, in 1966. Since that time, almost 900 papers have been published on its theme. The first symposium was vital as it was the starting point for new research lines whose goal was to design and develop technological systems with properties approaching optimal biological systems. There have been highly significant developments since then in all domains related to biological sonar systems and in