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The Breath of a Whale by Leigh Calvez

The Breath of a Whale

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The Breath of a Whale by Leigh Calvez
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Feb 26, 2019 | ISBN 9781632171863

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Silver Nautilus Book Award Winner

Named a 2019 “Best Book About the Environment” by Chicago Review of Books


The Breath of a Whale is as intimate and spirited as its title. This splendid book offers us the whale watch most of us can only dream of: We get close-up and personal with wild giants, in the company of an expert who feels like a good friend. Because these whales’ individual dramas are so entwined with those of their observer, the insights in these pages are riveting and deeply inspiring. Leigh Calvez offers not only hope for saving these endangered leviathans, but also for saving ourselves.” 
—Sy Montgomery, author of Journey of the Pink Dolphins and The Soul of an Octopus

“Calvez’s semi-autobiographical account of several close encounters with whales and dolphins, as well as with the researchers who dedicate their lives to the study of marine mammals, is unabashed in calling for the conservation of whales and protection of their environment. It does so with personality, sensitivity, and clear love for cetaceans.”
—ForeWord Reviews

“Leigh Calvez writes well-researched, thoroughly beautiful books that illuminate the lives of animals without stripping them of their essential mystery […] With The Breath of a Whale, she’s going back to her roots as an aquatic ecotour guide, which explains why the book reads like the literary accompaniment to a very excellent whale-watching excursion.”
—The Stranger

“Some of the most striking sections in [The Breath of a Whale] stem from Calvez’s remarkable ability to humanize scientific research itself…Though she does a good job explaining the nuts and bolts of cetacean research, equally interesting are the scenes where Calvez shows the connection between whale and human emotions…the book’s main success is connecting Calvez’s audience to a magnificent creature that so many of us rarely, if ever, see.”
—Massive Science

“Researchers can spend years finding and studying whales, orcas, and dolphins in the open ocean. The Breath of a Whale, a new book from naturalist Leigh Calvez, tells the story of these magnificent mammals and the challenges they face from human impacts, including climate change.”
—Oregon Public Broadcasting

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