“Whales” comes a cry, and it’s show time on the wild whale waters of Alaska. A spurt like a sprinkler shoots out of the water, then turns to mist and hangs just above the chilly Alaskan sea. In these waters, two of the world’s great wildlife performers star in a wilderness water ballet. Nowhere else can one get such a great look at humpbacks, the most active of the great whales, cavorting on the surface and catching air as they feed. Tuxedo-clad orcas or killer whales dazzle with drill-team precision and racetrack speed. With the photos in this book, Mark Kelley takes you on a journey to see Alaska’s watchable whales on nature’s stage. The accurate and up-to-date text tells the story behind the scenes and the eight whale tales of true-life adventures from close encounters with whales makes for unforgettable reading.
Note: It is important to me that this book presents only the most accurate and current information on humpback and killer whales. A lot of misconceptions and inaccuracies exist everywhere a whale enthusiast turns–including even in the whale literature. I have gone to lengths to have nationally recognized whale experts fact check this book. I acknowledge that scientific thinking never stops evolving, and therefore I will update this book in later printings as new and more accurate information becomes available. Until then, I believe this book accurately reflects some of what we know about humpback and killer whales. – Mark Kelley
• Photos by Mark Kelley, Jay Beedle, Jayleen Beedle • Text written by Linda Daniel • Foreword written by Nick Jans • Eight true life adventures with whales reported by Scott Foster • Published by Mark Kelley, 2nd edition 2016 • 88 pages: Hard cover • Size: 9 by 6.5 inches • ISBN-13: 978-0974405308 • $15.95
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