Over the past several decades, Richard Ellis has produced a remarkable body of work that has been called magnificent (Washington Post Book World), masterful (Scientific American), magical (Mens Journal), and a dazzling tour de forceMoreOver the past several decades, Richard Ellis has produced a remarkable body of work that has been called magnificent (Washington Post Book World), masterful (Scientific American), magical (Mens Journal), and a dazzling tour de force (Christian Science Monitor).
Elliss new book--a fascinating tour through the world of the sperm whale--will surely inspire more such praise for the author heralded by Publisher Weekly as Americas foremost writer on marine research.Written with Elliss deep knowledge and trademark passion, verve, and wit--and illustrated with a wide array of images including his own signature artwork--his study covers the full spectrum of the sperm whales existence from its prehistoric past to its current endangered existence.
Ellis, as no one else can, illuminates the iconic impact of Physeter macrocephalus (big-headed blower) on our history, environment, and culture, with a substantial nod to Herman Melville and Moby-Dick, the great novel that put the sperm whale (and whaling) on the literary map.Ranging far and wide, Ellis covers the sperm whales evolution, ecology, biology, anatomy, behavior, social organization, intelligence, communications, migrations, diet, and breeding.
He also devotes considerable space to the whales hunting prowess, including its clashes with the giant squid, and to the history of the whaling industry that decimated its numbers during the last two centuries. He even includes a story about a beached juvenile he helped rescue, an event that provided scientists with one of their first opportunities to observe a sperm whale in the water and up close.Offering a rich tapestry for anyone with an interest in the marvels of ocean life, Elliss book provides an indispensable guide to the life and times of one of the planets most intelligent, elusive, and endangered species.