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Troubled Waters By Sarah Lazarus

Troubled Waters
by Sarah Lazarus

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Explores the fates of whales and dolphins and how they became intertwined with human history. Dispelling common misconceptions - Are dolphins really supernaturally intelligent? Are the great whales in danger of extinction? - and opening up arguments, this book explains just why whales and dolphins became one of the major harvests of the sea.
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Troubled Waters: The Changing Fortunes of Whales and Dolphins by Sarah Lazarus

This book explores the fates of whales and dolphins and how they became intertwined with human history. The story begins over 1000 years ago when hunters first took up harpoons and went to sea in search of the rich rewards of meat, oil and whalebone. Troubled Waters charts a course through the whaling boom of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, the tragic implications of commercial fishing and noise pollution, the controversial keeping of dolphins in captivity, and the current row over Japanese whaling. Discover the natural history of these fascinating animals in the context of the social, cultural and political developments that have shaped their lives during the unlikely transition from whale-hunting to whale-watching. Dispelling common misconceptions - Are dolphins really supernaturally intelligent? Are the great whales in danger of extinction? - and opening up current arguments, this gripping investigation explains just why whales and dolphins became one of the major harvests of the sea, and how humans are destined to affect their future.

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Troubled Waters Reviews


'Deeply interesting and refreshing.' Stephen Poole, in The Guardian'This is a really intelligent and well- researched little book. It is a surprisingly good read, too, given the complexity and seriousness of its subjectA...the more people who read this delightful and thought provoking book, the better. Mark Carwardine, in BBC Wildlife Magazine.'Calmly presented and honest account of mankind's interaction with these most beautiful creatures.' Richard Weston, in The Ecologist Magazine

About Sarah Lazarus


Sarah Lazarus is a science and natural history writer who has written extensively for the Natural History Museum and Science Museum. She has also contributed to four books from the Rough Guide travel series and numerous television programmes as varied as Mastermind and Survival.

Table of Contents


INTRODUCTION - A WHALE OF A TALE; CHAPTER 1 - IN THE BEGINNING On the evolution of whales and dolphins; CHAPTER 2 - BLUBBER, BALEEN AND LIQUID GOLD On the early history of whaling; CHAPTER 3 - ARMED AND DANGEROUS On industrial-scale whaling; CHAPTER 4 - A CONFLICT OF INTERESTS On modern whaling; CHAPTER 5 - SHARING THE SEA On habitat loss, the perils of fishing nets, and loud noises; CHAPTER 6 - HOT WATER AND HEAVY METAL On climate change and chemical pollution; CHAPTER 7 - CLOSE ENCOUNTERS On Captivity, Collaboration and Intelligence; CHAPTER 8 - LOOKING AHEAD On The Future of Whales and Dolphins

Additional information

GOR004840136
Troubled Waters: The Changing Fortunes of Whales and Dolphins by Sarah Lazarus
Sarah Lazarus
Used - Very Good
Hardback
The Natural History Museum
2006-10-01
208
0565091921
9780565091927
N/A
Book picture is for illustrative purposes only, actual binding, cover or edition may vary.
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