Jacques Cousteau--Whales

Jacques Yves Cousteau, Author, Yves Paccalet, Author, Yves Paccalet, Photographer ABRAMS $49.5 (280p) ISBN 978-0-8109-1046-1
Cousteau and Paccalet ( The Ocean World of Jacques Cousteau ) here demand an immediate halt to the whaling that continues worldwide. In a survey of the gradual depletions of whale populations, they argue credibly that the International Whaling Commission is controlled, in part, by the very interests that lead the slaughter and that the organization lacks the power to enforce its too lenient edicts. Much more than a well-founded protest, this comprehensive examination of all species of whales includes facts about physiology, migratory habits, patterns of socialization and communication, feeding methods and menu, sexual styles, childrearing procedures and life expectancy. A chapter on the whale in art, literature and religion is included; illuminated manuscripts of the story of Jonah are juxtaposed with Tlingit creation myths and Japanese haiku. Lavishly illustrated with photos that range from the breathtaking breach of the humpback whale to oceans red with blood, this well-researched, well-written study of the largest creatures on earth makes a convincing appeal for their protection. (Nov.)
Reviewed on: 05/01/1990
Release date: 05/01/1990
Genre: Nonfiction
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