Spying on Whales: The Past, Present, and Future of Earth's Most Awesome Creatures

Spying on Whales: The Past, Present, and Future of Earth's Most Awesome Creatures

The Smithsonian's star paleontologist takes us to the ends of the earth and to the cutting edge of whale research Whales are among the largest, most intelligent, deepest diving species to have ever lived on our planet. They evolved from land-roaming, dog-like creatures into animals that move like fish, breathe like us, can grow to 300,000 pounds, live 200 years and roam ent The Smithsonian's star paleontologist takes us to the ends of the earth and to the cutting edge of whale research ...

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Title:Spying on Whales: The Past, Present, and Future of Earth's Most Awesome Creatures
Author:Nick Pyenson
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:Spying on Whales: The Past, Present, and Future of Earth's Most Awesome Creatures
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:336 pages pages

Spying on Whales: The Past, Present, and Future of Earth's Most Awesome Creatures Reviews

  • Nikki
    Dec 27, 2018

    Spying on Whales is a beautifully written introduction to the immersive world of whales. From their ancestry to their future, the beauty and evolution of these magnificent creatures as well as their adaptability, influence and importance to their and other ecosystems is explored in eas...

    I was really excited when I saw and read about this book. Whales are such majestic and mysterious creatures and I thought it would be a fascinating read. Unfortunately, no. Spying on Whales was actually quite dull and boring. How is that even possible for a book on WHALES ?? This ...

    I've always had a fascination with whales, dolphins and other mammals that live in the sea. I think maybe it's because they are so like us, and yet so different at the same time. When I saw this book written by a Smithsonian paleontologist, I knew I had to read all about the past, pres...

    When I think about whales, I get excited. What amazing, majestic HUGE creatures! They hold a very symbolic meaning for me and so I couldn't wait to get this book. The book itself is still fascinating but exciting? Not so much. Written by a scientist, it reads a bit like a science book....

    First-rate popular-science book, the best I?ve read in 2018. Highly recommended, if you are interested in whales, marine biology and/or paleontology. If, like me, you like all three ? don?t miss! 4.5 stars. The author, a paleontologist, is Curator of Marine Mammal Fossils at t...

    13th book for 2019. One of my jobs as a scientific journal editor was to commission review articles on topics of general interest from leading scientists in the field. A surprising number of reviews were unusable because the author decided to base the entire "review" around their ow...

    I think having read "The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs" right before reading this really soured this one for me - there was more paleontology in this book than there was in the dino book. ...

    4 stars - It was great. I loved it. Did you know that whales used to walk on land before returning to the water? Oh the rabbit holes this book led me down?.googled until my googler was sore. Easy to read (not dry at all) with fascinating tidbits. I love that the author makes y...

    Reviewed for The Bibliophibian. Pyenson is clearly obsessed with whales ? with the idea of them, with studying them, with understanding them and sharing that understanding. In this volume, he does his best to share all those things: his enthusiasm for whales as much as his academi...

  • Kerri Anne
    Jan 18, 2019

    Spying on Whales is a beautifully written introduction to the immersive world of whales. From their ancestry to their future, the beauty and evolution of these magnificent creatures as well as their adaptability, influence and importance to their and other ecosystems is explored in eas...

    I was really excited when I saw and read about this book. Whales are such majestic and mysterious creatures and I thought it would be a fascinating read. Unfortunately, no. Spying on Whales was actually quite dull and boring. How is that even possible for a book on WHALES ?? This ...

    I've always had a fascination with whales, dolphins and other mammals that live in the sea. I think maybe it's because they are so like us, and yet so different at the same time. When I saw this book written by a Smithsonian paleontologist, I knew I had to read all about the past, pres...

    When I think about whales, I get excited. What amazing, majestic HUGE creatures! They hold a very symbolic meaning for me and so I couldn't wait to get this book. The book itself is still fascinating but exciting? Not so much. Written by a scientist, it reads a bit like a science book....

    First-rate popular-science book, the best I?ve read in 2018. Highly recommended, if you are interested in whales, marine biology and/or paleontology. If, like me, you like all three ? don?t miss! 4.5 stars. The author, a paleontologist, is Curator of Marine Mammal Fossils at t...

    13th book for 2019. One of my jobs as a scientific journal editor was to commission review articles on topics of general interest from leading scientists in the field. A surprising number of reviews were unusable because the author decided to base the entire "review" around their ow...

    I think having read "The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs" right before reading this really soured this one for me - there was more paleontology in this book than there was in the dino book. ...

    4 stars - It was great. I loved it. Did you know that whales used to walk on land before returning to the water? Oh the rabbit holes this book led me down?.googled until my googler was sore. Easy to read (not dry at all) with fascinating tidbits. I love that the author makes y...

    Reviewed for The Bibliophibian. Pyenson is clearly obsessed with whales ? with the idea of them, with studying them, with understanding them and sharing that understanding. In this volume, he does his best to share all those things: his enthusiasm for whales as much as his academi...

    I wanted very much to enjoy this book, but it was dry and poorly focused. The emphasis was on personal experiences and the paleontology/taxonomy, without strongly addressing the compelling questions in the jacket blurb. Although there are some illustrations, they are overly simplistic ...

    This book was more than I imagined it would be. I've read plenty of books about whales (and loved pretty much all of them). But I've never read a book about whale fossils, which is largely what this book is about. Pyenson is a paleontologist and curator of fossil marine mammals for...

  • Awallens
    Sep 18, 2018

    Spying on Whales is a beautifully written introduction to the immersive world of whales. From their ancestry to their future, the beauty and evolution of these magnificent creatures as well as their adaptability, influence and importance to their and other ecosystems is explored in eas...

    I was really excited when I saw and read about this book. Whales are such majestic and mysterious creatures and I thought it would be a fascinating read. Unfortunately, no. Spying on Whales was actually quite dull and boring. How is that even possible for a book on WHALES ?? This ...

    I've always had a fascination with whales, dolphins and other mammals that live in the sea. I think maybe it's because they are so like us, and yet so different at the same time. When I saw this book written by a Smithsonian paleontologist, I knew I had to read all about the past, pres...

    When I think about whales, I get excited. What amazing, majestic HUGE creatures! They hold a very symbolic meaning for me and so I couldn't wait to get this book. The book itself is still fascinating but exciting? Not so much. Written by a scientist, it reads a bit like a science book....

    First-rate popular-science book, the best I?ve read in 2018. Highly recommended, if you are interested in whales, marine biology and/or paleontology. If, like me, you like all three ? don?t miss! 4.5 stars. The author, a paleontologist, is Curator of Marine Mammal Fossils at t...

    13th book for 2019. One of my jobs as a scientific journal editor was to commission review articles on topics of general interest from leading scientists in the field. A surprising number of reviews were unusable because the author decided to base the entire "review" around their ow...

    I think having read "The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs" right before reading this really soured this one for me - there was more paleontology in this book than there was in the dino book. ...

    4 stars - It was great. I loved it. Did you know that whales used to walk on land before returning to the water? Oh the rabbit holes this book led me down?.googled until my googler was sore. Easy to read (not dry at all) with fascinating tidbits. I love that the author makes y...

    Reviewed for The Bibliophibian. Pyenson is clearly obsessed with whales ? with the idea of them, with studying them, with understanding them and sharing that understanding. In this volume, he does his best to share all those things: his enthusiasm for whales as much as his academi...

    I wanted very much to enjoy this book, but it was dry and poorly focused. The emphasis was on personal experiences and the paleontology/taxonomy, without strongly addressing the compelling questions in the jacket blurb. Although there are some illustrations, they are overly simplistic ...

    This book was more than I imagined it would be. I've read plenty of books about whales (and loved pretty much all of them). But I've never read a book about whale fossils, which is largely what this book is about. Pyenson is a paleontologist and curator of fossil marine mammals for...

    With a glut of science books focused on humans? curiosity with the animal world, I am in awe. The ocean is just one big ball is amazingness that has yet to really be explored because it tests our limits, so it wasn?t hard to read this book when a Smithsonian scientist wanted to tal...

    2.5 stars. How can a book about whales be boring? Well, this guy manages it quite well. I feel like the book I listened to is not the book advertised in the blurb. There's way too much background about the author. I don't care about him. I just wanted to learn about whales. The subject...

    This was a good solid book on both paleontology and the evolution of whales. Often dinosaurs steal the show as far as this subject goes, but we sometimes forget that there are other interesting stories out there. There are a lot of good interesting little tidbits about other animals th...

    Maybe a 3.5, but this book teetered between more exciting descriptions of expeditions the author had been on to sections which were pretty dry and academic. If you are interested in whales, especially Orca, read Carl Safina's books. His intensity and beautiful writing made this boo...

    SPYING ON WHALES: Teaching the Heart of Science http://fangswandsandfairydust.com/201... The author and whale paleobiologist provides a fascinating look at the when and what of his work. I voluntarily reviewed an advance readers copy of this book. No remuneration was exchanged and...

    Won this book in a Goodreads giveaway from Viking books. This is a relatively quick, easy read packed with scientific data and anecdotes. Author is a paleontologist and rightfully includes his expertise to help explain the natural history of whales and highlight many of the questions s...

    I really struggled with this one, it was incredibly dry and I found myself drifting off constantly. It may be the fact that it was the audio version I listened to and I would have enjoyed it more in written form but I listen to audio all the time without an issue. There was some intere...

    I liked it. I like whales and I felt like I learned some about their evolution, habits and and the effects of whaling and climate change on their chances for survival. Nick Pension intentionally wrote in a style any layperson can understand. The author shares his personal experiences i...

    Fascinating, easy read about these majestic animals. I found the evolutionary history and the author?s guesses as to where the different species of whales may lead to be the most interesting aspects of the book. Worth the read. ...

    Fascinating, comprehensive & fun. The paleontology angle was new to me and added depth (pun intended ;-)) to the subject. The bit on dissecting whales at a whaling station in Iceland was especially fascinating! ...

    DNF. Very interesting, but I need to be in a different state of mind to read it. Hopefully I can finish it in the future. ...

    This book was very dry in places and I found the writing a bit scattered going from one thing to another. I wish it had been a little more linear. ...

  • Alicia
    Nov 17, 2018

    Spying on Whales is a beautifully written introduction to the immersive world of whales. From their ancestry to their future, the beauty and evolution of these magnificent creatures as well as their adaptability, influence and importance to their and other ecosystems is explored in eas...

    I was really excited when I saw and read about this book. Whales are such majestic and mysterious creatures and I thought it would be a fascinating read. Unfortunately, no. Spying on Whales was actually quite dull and boring. How is that even possible for a book on WHALES ?? This ...

    I've always had a fascination with whales, dolphins and other mammals that live in the sea. I think maybe it's because they are so like us, and yet so different at the same time. When I saw this book written by a Smithsonian paleontologist, I knew I had to read all about the past, pres...

    When I think about whales, I get excited. What amazing, majestic HUGE creatures! They hold a very symbolic meaning for me and so I couldn't wait to get this book. The book itself is still fascinating but exciting? Not so much. Written by a scientist, it reads a bit like a science book....

    First-rate popular-science book, the best I?ve read in 2018. Highly recommended, if you are interested in whales, marine biology and/or paleontology. If, like me, you like all three ? don?t miss! 4.5 stars. The author, a paleontologist, is Curator of Marine Mammal Fossils at t...

    13th book for 2019. One of my jobs as a scientific journal editor was to commission review articles on topics of general interest from leading scientists in the field. A surprising number of reviews were unusable because the author decided to base the entire "review" around their ow...

    I think having read "The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs" right before reading this really soured this one for me - there was more paleontology in this book than there was in the dino book. ...

    4 stars - It was great. I loved it. Did you know that whales used to walk on land before returning to the water? Oh the rabbit holes this book led me down?.googled until my googler was sore. Easy to read (not dry at all) with fascinating tidbits. I love that the author makes y...

    Reviewed for The Bibliophibian. Pyenson is clearly obsessed with whales ? with the idea of them, with studying them, with understanding them and sharing that understanding. In this volume, he does his best to share all those things: his enthusiasm for whales as much as his academi...

    I wanted very much to enjoy this book, but it was dry and poorly focused. The emphasis was on personal experiences and the paleontology/taxonomy, without strongly addressing the compelling questions in the jacket blurb. Although there are some illustrations, they are overly simplistic ...

    This book was more than I imagined it would be. I've read plenty of books about whales (and loved pretty much all of them). But I've never read a book about whale fossils, which is largely what this book is about. Pyenson is a paleontologist and curator of fossil marine mammals for...

    With a glut of science books focused on humans? curiosity with the animal world, I am in awe. The ocean is just one big ball is amazingness that has yet to really be explored because it tests our limits, so it wasn?t hard to read this book when a Smithsonian scientist wanted to tal...

  • Emily
    Dec 26, 2018

    Spying on Whales is a beautifully written introduction to the immersive world of whales. From their ancestry to their future, the beauty and evolution of these magnificent creatures as well as their adaptability, influence and importance to their and other ecosystems is explored in eas...

    I was really excited when I saw and read about this book. Whales are such majestic and mysterious creatures and I thought it would be a fascinating read. Unfortunately, no. Spying on Whales was actually quite dull and boring. How is that even possible for a book on WHALES ?? This ...

    I've always had a fascination with whales, dolphins and other mammals that live in the sea. I think maybe it's because they are so like us, and yet so different at the same time. When I saw this book written by a Smithsonian paleontologist, I knew I had to read all about the past, pres...

    When I think about whales, I get excited. What amazing, majestic HUGE creatures! They hold a very symbolic meaning for me and so I couldn't wait to get this book. The book itself is still fascinating but exciting? Not so much. Written by a scientist, it reads a bit like a science book....

    First-rate popular-science book, the best I?ve read in 2018. Highly recommended, if you are interested in whales, marine biology and/or paleontology. If, like me, you like all three ? don?t miss! 4.5 stars. The author, a paleontologist, is Curator of Marine Mammal Fossils at t...

    13th book for 2019. One of my jobs as a scientific journal editor was to commission review articles on topics of general interest from leading scientists in the field. A surprising number of reviews were unusable because the author decided to base the entire "review" around their ow...

    I think having read "The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs" right before reading this really soured this one for me - there was more paleontology in this book than there was in the dino book. ...

    4 stars - It was great. I loved it. Did you know that whales used to walk on land before returning to the water? Oh the rabbit holes this book led me down?.googled until my googler was sore. Easy to read (not dry at all) with fascinating tidbits. I love that the author makes y...

    Reviewed for The Bibliophibian. Pyenson is clearly obsessed with whales ? with the idea of them, with studying them, with understanding them and sharing that understanding. In this volume, he does his best to share all those things: his enthusiasm for whales as much as his academi...

    I wanted very much to enjoy this book, but it was dry and poorly focused. The emphasis was on personal experiences and the paleontology/taxonomy, without strongly addressing the compelling questions in the jacket blurb. Although there are some illustrations, they are overly simplistic ...

    This book was more than I imagined it would be. I've read plenty of books about whales (and loved pretty much all of them). But I've never read a book about whale fossils, which is largely what this book is about. Pyenson is a paleontologist and curator of fossil marine mammals for...

    With a glut of science books focused on humans? curiosity with the animal world, I am in awe. The ocean is just one big ball is amazingness that has yet to really be explored because it tests our limits, so it wasn?t hard to read this book when a Smithsonian scientist wanted to tal...

    2.5 stars. How can a book about whales be boring? Well, this guy manages it quite well. I feel like the book I listened to is not the book advertised in the blurb. There's way too much background about the author. I don't care about him. I just wanted to learn about whales. The subject...

  • Jenna
    Dec 21, 2018

    Spying on Whales is a beautifully written introduction to the immersive world of whales. From their ancestry to their future, the beauty and evolution of these magnificent creatures as well as their adaptability, influence and importance to their and other ecosystems is explored in eas...

    I was really excited when I saw and read about this book. Whales are such majestic and mysterious creatures and I thought it would be a fascinating read. Unfortunately, no. Spying on Whales was actually quite dull and boring. How is that even possible for a book on WHALES ?? This ...

  • Stephanie
    Sep 05, 2018

    Spying on Whales is a beautifully written introduction to the immersive world of whales. From their ancestry to their future, the beauty and evolution of these magnificent creatures as well as their adaptability, influence and importance to their and other ecosystems is explored in eas...

    I was really excited when I saw and read about this book. Whales are such majestic and mysterious creatures and I thought it would be a fascinating read. Unfortunately, no. Spying on Whales was actually quite dull and boring. How is that even possible for a book on WHALES ?? This ...

    I've always had a fascination with whales, dolphins and other mammals that live in the sea. I think maybe it's because they are so like us, and yet so different at the same time. When I saw this book written by a Smithsonian paleontologist, I knew I had to read all about the past, pres...

    When I think about whales, I get excited. What amazing, majestic HUGE creatures! They hold a very symbolic meaning for me and so I couldn't wait to get this book. The book itself is still fascinating but exciting? Not so much. Written by a scientist, it reads a bit like a science book....

    First-rate popular-science book, the best I?ve read in 2018. Highly recommended, if you are interested in whales, marine biology and/or paleontology. If, like me, you like all three ? don?t miss! 4.5 stars. The author, a paleontologist, is Curator of Marine Mammal Fossils at t...

    13th book for 2019. One of my jobs as a scientific journal editor was to commission review articles on topics of general interest from leading scientists in the field. A surprising number of reviews were unusable because the author decided to base the entire "review" around their ow...

    I think having read "The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs" right before reading this really soured this one for me - there was more paleontology in this book than there was in the dino book. ...

    4 stars - It was great. I loved it. Did you know that whales used to walk on land before returning to the water? Oh the rabbit holes this book led me down?.googled until my googler was sore. Easy to read (not dry at all) with fascinating tidbits. I love that the author makes y...

    Reviewed for The Bibliophibian. Pyenson is clearly obsessed with whales ? with the idea of them, with studying them, with understanding them and sharing that understanding. In this volume, he does his best to share all those things: his enthusiasm for whales as much as his academi...

    I wanted very much to enjoy this book, but it was dry and poorly focused. The emphasis was on personal experiences and the paleontology/taxonomy, without strongly addressing the compelling questions in the jacket blurb. Although there are some illustrations, they are overly simplistic ...

    This book was more than I imagined it would be. I've read plenty of books about whales (and loved pretty much all of them). But I've never read a book about whale fossils, which is largely what this book is about. Pyenson is a paleontologist and curator of fossil marine mammals for...

    With a glut of science books focused on humans? curiosity with the animal world, I am in awe. The ocean is just one big ball is amazingness that has yet to really be explored because it tests our limits, so it wasn?t hard to read this book when a Smithsonian scientist wanted to tal...

    2.5 stars. How can a book about whales be boring? Well, this guy manages it quite well. I feel like the book I listened to is not the book advertised in the blurb. There's way too much background about the author. I don't care about him. I just wanted to learn about whales. The subject...

    This was a good solid book on both paleontology and the evolution of whales. Often dinosaurs steal the show as far as this subject goes, but we sometimes forget that there are other interesting stories out there. There are a lot of good interesting little tidbits about other animals th...

    Maybe a 3.5, but this book teetered between more exciting descriptions of expeditions the author had been on to sections which were pretty dry and academic. If you are interested in whales, especially Orca, read Carl Safina's books. His intensity and beautiful writing made this boo...

    SPYING ON WHALES: Teaching the Heart of Science http://fangswandsandfairydust.com/201... The author and whale paleobiologist provides a fascinating look at the when and what of his work. I voluntarily reviewed an advance readers copy of this book. No remuneration was exchanged and...

  • Cher
    Jul 25, 2018

    Spying on Whales is a beautifully written introduction to the immersive world of whales. From their ancestry to their future, the beauty and evolution of these magnificent creatures as well as their adaptability, influence and importance to their and other ecosystems is explored in eas...

    I was really excited when I saw and read about this book. Whales are such majestic and mysterious creatures and I thought it would be a fascinating read. Unfortunately, no. Spying on Whales was actually quite dull and boring. How is that even possible for a book on WHALES ?? This ...

    I've always had a fascination with whales, dolphins and other mammals that live in the sea. I think maybe it's because they are so like us, and yet so different at the same time. When I saw this book written by a Smithsonian paleontologist, I knew I had to read all about the past, pres...

    When I think about whales, I get excited. What amazing, majestic HUGE creatures! They hold a very symbolic meaning for me and so I couldn't wait to get this book. The book itself is still fascinating but exciting? Not so much. Written by a scientist, it reads a bit like a science book....

    First-rate popular-science book, the best I?ve read in 2018. Highly recommended, if you are interested in whales, marine biology and/or paleontology. If, like me, you like all three ? don?t miss! 4.5 stars. The author, a paleontologist, is Curator of Marine Mammal Fossils at t...

    13th book for 2019. One of my jobs as a scientific journal editor was to commission review articles on topics of general interest from leading scientists in the field. A surprising number of reviews were unusable because the author decided to base the entire "review" around their ow...

    I think having read "The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs" right before reading this really soured this one for me - there was more paleontology in this book than there was in the dino book. ...

    4 stars - It was great. I loved it. Did you know that whales used to walk on land before returning to the water? Oh the rabbit holes this book led me down?.googled until my googler was sore. Easy to read (not dry at all) with fascinating tidbits. I love that the author makes y...

  • Edward Canade
    Aug 10, 2018

    Spying on Whales is a beautifully written introduction to the immersive world of whales. From their ancestry to their future, the beauty and evolution of these magnificent creatures as well as their adaptability, influence and importance to their and other ecosystems is explored in eas...

    I was really excited when I saw and read about this book. Whales are such majestic and mysterious creatures and I thought it would be a fascinating read. Unfortunately, no. Spying on Whales was actually quite dull and boring. How is that even possible for a book on WHALES ?? This ...

    I've always had a fascination with whales, dolphins and other mammals that live in the sea. I think maybe it's because they are so like us, and yet so different at the same time. When I saw this book written by a Smithsonian paleontologist, I knew I had to read all about the past, pres...

    When I think about whales, I get excited. What amazing, majestic HUGE creatures! They hold a very symbolic meaning for me and so I couldn't wait to get this book. The book itself is still fascinating but exciting? Not so much. Written by a scientist, it reads a bit like a science book....

    First-rate popular-science book, the best I?ve read in 2018. Highly recommended, if you are interested in whales, marine biology and/or paleontology. If, like me, you like all three ? don?t miss! 4.5 stars. The author, a paleontologist, is Curator of Marine Mammal Fossils at t...

    13th book for 2019. One of my jobs as a scientific journal editor was to commission review articles on topics of general interest from leading scientists in the field. A surprising number of reviews were unusable because the author decided to base the entire "review" around their ow...

    I think having read "The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs" right before reading this really soured this one for me - there was more paleontology in this book than there was in the dino book. ...

    4 stars - It was great. I loved it. Did you know that whales used to walk on land before returning to the water? Oh the rabbit holes this book led me down?.googled until my googler was sore. Easy to read (not dry at all) with fascinating tidbits. I love that the author makes y...

    Reviewed for The Bibliophibian. Pyenson is clearly obsessed with whales ? with the idea of them, with studying them, with understanding them and sharing that understanding. In this volume, he does his best to share all those things: his enthusiasm for whales as much as his academi...

    I wanted very much to enjoy this book, but it was dry and poorly focused. The emphasis was on personal experiences and the paleontology/taxonomy, without strongly addressing the compelling questions in the jacket blurb. Although there are some illustrations, they are overly simplistic ...

    This book was more than I imagined it would be. I've read plenty of books about whales (and loved pretty much all of them). But I've never read a book about whale fossils, which is largely what this book is about. Pyenson is a paleontologist and curator of fossil marine mammals for...

    With a glut of science books focused on humans? curiosity with the animal world, I am in awe. The ocean is just one big ball is amazingness that has yet to really be explored because it tests our limits, so it wasn?t hard to read this book when a Smithsonian scientist wanted to tal...

    2.5 stars. How can a book about whales be boring? Well, this guy manages it quite well. I feel like the book I listened to is not the book advertised in the blurb. There's way too much background about the author. I don't care about him. I just wanted to learn about whales. The subject...

    This was a good solid book on both paleontology and the evolution of whales. Often dinosaurs steal the show as far as this subject goes, but we sometimes forget that there are other interesting stories out there. There are a lot of good interesting little tidbits about other animals th...

    Maybe a 3.5, but this book teetered between more exciting descriptions of expeditions the author had been on to sections which were pretty dry and academic. If you are interested in whales, especially Orca, read Carl Safina's books. His intensity and beautiful writing made this boo...

    SPYING ON WHALES: Teaching the Heart of Science http://fangswandsandfairydust.com/201... The author and whale paleobiologist provides a fascinating look at the when and what of his work. I voluntarily reviewed an advance readers copy of this book. No remuneration was exchanged and...

    Won this book in a Goodreads giveaway from Viking books. This is a relatively quick, easy read packed with scientific data and anecdotes. Author is a paleontologist and rightfully includes his expertise to help explain the natural history of whales and highlight many of the questions s...

    I really struggled with this one, it was incredibly dry and I found myself drifting off constantly. It may be the fact that it was the audio version I listened to and I would have enjoyed it more in written form but I listen to audio all the time without an issue. There was some intere...

    I liked it. I like whales and I felt like I learned some about their evolution, habits and and the effects of whaling and climate change on their chances for survival. Nick Pension intentionally wrote in a style any layperson can understand. The author shares his personal experiences i...

  • princesspwny
    Nov 13, 2018

    Spying on Whales is a beautifully written introduction to the immersive world of whales. From their ancestry to their future, the beauty and evolution of these magnificent creatures as well as their adaptability, influence and importance to their and other ecosystems is explored in eas...

    I was really excited when I saw and read about this book. Whales are such majestic and mysterious creatures and I thought it would be a fascinating read. Unfortunately, no. Spying on Whales was actually quite dull and boring. How is that even possible for a book on WHALES ?? This ...

    I've always had a fascination with whales, dolphins and other mammals that live in the sea. I think maybe it's because they are so like us, and yet so different at the same time. When I saw this book written by a Smithsonian paleontologist, I knew I had to read all about the past, pres...

    When I think about whales, I get excited. What amazing, majestic HUGE creatures! They hold a very symbolic meaning for me and so I couldn't wait to get this book. The book itself is still fascinating but exciting? Not so much. Written by a scientist, it reads a bit like a science book....

    First-rate popular-science book, the best I?ve read in 2018. Highly recommended, if you are interested in whales, marine biology and/or paleontology. If, like me, you like all three ? don?t miss! 4.5 stars. The author, a paleontologist, is Curator of Marine Mammal Fossils at t...

    13th book for 2019. One of my jobs as a scientific journal editor was to commission review articles on topics of general interest from leading scientists in the field. A surprising number of reviews were unusable because the author decided to base the entire "review" around their ow...

    I think having read "The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs" right before reading this really soured this one for me - there was more paleontology in this book than there was in the dino book. ...

    4 stars - It was great. I loved it. Did you know that whales used to walk on land before returning to the water? Oh the rabbit holes this book led me down?.googled until my googler was sore. Easy to read (not dry at all) with fascinating tidbits. I love that the author makes y...

    Reviewed for The Bibliophibian. Pyenson is clearly obsessed with whales ? with the idea of them, with studying them, with understanding them and sharing that understanding. In this volume, he does his best to share all those things: his enthusiasm for whales as much as his academi...

    I wanted very much to enjoy this book, but it was dry and poorly focused. The emphasis was on personal experiences and the paleontology/taxonomy, without strongly addressing the compelling questions in the jacket blurb. Although there are some illustrations, they are overly simplistic ...

  • Allen Adams
    Jul 03, 2018

    Spying on Whales is a beautifully written introduction to the immersive world of whales. From their ancestry to their future, the beauty and evolution of these magnificent creatures as well as their adaptability, influence and importance to their and other ecosystems is explored in eas...

    I was really excited when I saw and read about this book. Whales are such majestic and mysterious creatures and I thought it would be a fascinating read. Unfortunately, no. Spying on Whales was actually quite dull and boring. How is that even possible for a book on WHALES ?? This ...

    I've always had a fascination with whales, dolphins and other mammals that live in the sea. I think maybe it's because they are so like us, and yet so different at the same time. When I saw this book written by a Smithsonian paleontologist, I knew I had to read all about the past, pres...

    When I think about whales, I get excited. What amazing, majestic HUGE creatures! They hold a very symbolic meaning for me and so I couldn't wait to get this book. The book itself is still fascinating but exciting? Not so much. Written by a scientist, it reads a bit like a science book....

    First-rate popular-science book, the best I?ve read in 2018. Highly recommended, if you are interested in whales, marine biology and/or paleontology. If, like me, you like all three ? don?t miss! 4.5 stars. The author, a paleontologist, is Curator of Marine Mammal Fossils at t...

    13th book for 2019. One of my jobs as a scientific journal editor was to commission review articles on topics of general interest from leading scientists in the field. A surprising number of reviews were unusable because the author decided to base the entire "review" around their ow...

    I think having read "The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs" right before reading this really soured this one for me - there was more paleontology in this book than there was in the dino book. ...

    4 stars - It was great. I loved it. Did you know that whales used to walk on land before returning to the water? Oh the rabbit holes this book led me down?.googled until my googler was sore. Easy to read (not dry at all) with fascinating tidbits. I love that the author makes y...

    Reviewed for The Bibliophibian. Pyenson is clearly obsessed with whales ? with the idea of them, with studying them, with understanding them and sharing that understanding. In this volume, he does his best to share all those things: his enthusiasm for whales as much as his academi...

    I wanted very much to enjoy this book, but it was dry and poorly focused. The emphasis was on personal experiences and the paleontology/taxonomy, without strongly addressing the compelling questions in the jacket blurb. Although there are some illustrations, they are overly simplistic ...

    This book was more than I imagined it would be. I've read plenty of books about whales (and loved pretty much all of them). But I've never read a book about whale fossils, which is largely what this book is about. Pyenson is a paleontologist and curator of fossil marine mammals for...

    With a glut of science books focused on humans? curiosity with the animal world, I am in awe. The ocean is just one big ball is amazingness that has yet to really be explored because it tests our limits, so it wasn?t hard to read this book when a Smithsonian scientist wanted to tal...

    2.5 stars. How can a book about whales be boring? Well, this guy manages it quite well. I feel like the book I listened to is not the book advertised in the blurb. There's way too much background about the author. I don't care about him. I just wanted to learn about whales. The subject...

    This was a good solid book on both paleontology and the evolution of whales. Often dinosaurs steal the show as far as this subject goes, but we sometimes forget that there are other interesting stories out there. There are a lot of good interesting little tidbits about other animals th...

    Maybe a 3.5, but this book teetered between more exciting descriptions of expeditions the author had been on to sections which were pretty dry and academic. If you are interested in whales, especially Orca, read Carl Safina's books. His intensity and beautiful writing made this boo...

    SPYING ON WHALES: Teaching the Heart of Science http://fangswandsandfairydust.com/201... The author and whale paleobiologist provides a fascinating look at the when and what of his work. I voluntarily reviewed an advance readers copy of this book. No remuneration was exchanged and...

    Won this book in a Goodreads giveaway from Viking books. This is a relatively quick, easy read packed with scientific data and anecdotes. Author is a paleontologist and rightfully includes his expertise to help explain the natural history of whales and highlight many of the questions s...

    I really struggled with this one, it was incredibly dry and I found myself drifting off constantly. It may be the fact that it was the audio version I listened to and I would have enjoyed it more in written form but I listen to audio all the time without an issue. There was some intere...

    I liked it. I like whales and I felt like I learned some about their evolution, habits and and the effects of whaling and climate change on their chances for survival. Nick Pension intentionally wrote in a style any layperson can understand. The author shares his personal experiences i...

    Fascinating, easy read about these majestic animals. I found the evolutionary history and the author?s guesses as to where the different species of whales may lead to be the most interesting aspects of the book. Worth the read. ...

    Fascinating, comprehensive & fun. The paleontology angle was new to me and added depth (pun intended ;-)) to the subject. The bit on dissecting whales at a whaling station in Iceland was especially fascinating! ...

    DNF. Very interesting, but I need to be in a different state of mind to read it. Hopefully I can finish it in the future. ...

    This book was very dry in places and I found the writing a bit scattered going from one thing to another. I wish it had been a little more linear. ...

    I finished reading ?Spying on Whales? by Nick Pyeson. I found it to be an informative book on everything whales. I learned quite a few new things about whales. Beautiful animals! ...

    This book is SO good! I have always been interested in whales and paleontologist Nick Pyenson definitely has a deep and abiding love for them that comes through in this book. He divides the book into three sections?past, present, and future?and writes eloquently about whales. Ancie...

    Since i was little I always was so intrigued about whales. This book lived up to what I was expecting and I learned quite a fee new things. ...

    http://www.themaineedge.com/tekk/spyi... Writing about science in a manner that is entertaining and accessible while also conveying the desired information with clarity and concision ? not an easy task by any means. Finding the proper balance of wonky jargon and narrative engageme...

  • Peter Tillman
    Sep 29, 2018

    Spying on Whales is a beautifully written introduction to the immersive world of whales. From their ancestry to their future, the beauty and evolution of these magnificent creatures as well as their adaptability, influence and importance to their and other ecosystems is explored in eas...

    I was really excited when I saw and read about this book. Whales are such majestic and mysterious creatures and I thought it would be a fascinating read. Unfortunately, no. Spying on Whales was actually quite dull and boring. How is that even possible for a book on WHALES ?? This ...

    I've always had a fascination with whales, dolphins and other mammals that live in the sea. I think maybe it's because they are so like us, and yet so different at the same time. When I saw this book written by a Smithsonian paleontologist, I knew I had to read all about the past, pres...

    When I think about whales, I get excited. What amazing, majestic HUGE creatures! They hold a very symbolic meaning for me and so I couldn't wait to get this book. The book itself is still fascinating but exciting? Not so much. Written by a scientist, it reads a bit like a science book....

    First-rate popular-science book, the best I?ve read in 2018. Highly recommended, if you are interested in whales, marine biology and/or paleontology. If, like me, you like all three ? don?t miss! 4.5 stars. The author, a paleontologist, is Curator of Marine Mammal Fossils at t...

  • Caitlin
    Sep 15, 2018

    Spying on Whales is a beautifully written introduction to the immersive world of whales. From their ancestry to their future, the beauty and evolution of these magnificent creatures as well as their adaptability, influence and importance to their and other ecosystems is explored in eas...

    I was really excited when I saw and read about this book. Whales are such majestic and mysterious creatures and I thought it would be a fascinating read. Unfortunately, no. Spying on Whales was actually quite dull and boring. How is that even possible for a book on WHALES ?? This ...

    I've always had a fascination with whales, dolphins and other mammals that live in the sea. I think maybe it's because they are so like us, and yet so different at the same time. When I saw this book written by a Smithsonian paleontologist, I knew I had to read all about the past, pres...

    When I think about whales, I get excited. What amazing, majestic HUGE creatures! They hold a very symbolic meaning for me and so I couldn't wait to get this book. The book itself is still fascinating but exciting? Not so much. Written by a scientist, it reads a bit like a science book....

    First-rate popular-science book, the best I?ve read in 2018. Highly recommended, if you are interested in whales, marine biology and/or paleontology. If, like me, you like all three ? don?t miss! 4.5 stars. The author, a paleontologist, is Curator of Marine Mammal Fossils at t...

    13th book for 2019. One of my jobs as a scientific journal editor was to commission review articles on topics of general interest from leading scientists in the field. A surprising number of reviews were unusable because the author decided to base the entire "review" around their ow...

    I think having read "The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs" right before reading this really soured this one for me - there was more paleontology in this book than there was in the dino book. ...

    4 stars - It was great. I loved it. Did you know that whales used to walk on land before returning to the water? Oh the rabbit holes this book led me down?.googled until my googler was sore. Easy to read (not dry at all) with fascinating tidbits. I love that the author makes y...

    Reviewed for The Bibliophibian. Pyenson is clearly obsessed with whales ? with the idea of them, with studying them, with understanding them and sharing that understanding. In this volume, he does his best to share all those things: his enthusiasm for whales as much as his academi...

    I wanted very much to enjoy this book, but it was dry and poorly focused. The emphasis was on personal experiences and the paleontology/taxonomy, without strongly addressing the compelling questions in the jacket blurb. Although there are some illustrations, they are overly simplistic ...

    This book was more than I imagined it would be. I've read plenty of books about whales (and loved pretty much all of them). But I've never read a book about whale fossils, which is largely what this book is about. Pyenson is a paleontologist and curator of fossil marine mammals for...

    With a glut of science books focused on humans? curiosity with the animal world, I am in awe. The ocean is just one big ball is amazingness that has yet to really be explored because it tests our limits, so it wasn?t hard to read this book when a Smithsonian scientist wanted to tal...

    2.5 stars. How can a book about whales be boring? Well, this guy manages it quite well. I feel like the book I listened to is not the book advertised in the blurb. There's way too much background about the author. I don't care about him. I just wanted to learn about whales. The subject...

    This was a good solid book on both paleontology and the evolution of whales. Often dinosaurs steal the show as far as this subject goes, but we sometimes forget that there are other interesting stories out there. There are a lot of good interesting little tidbits about other animals th...

    Maybe a 3.5, but this book teetered between more exciting descriptions of expeditions the author had been on to sections which were pretty dry and academic. If you are interested in whales, especially Orca, read Carl Safina's books. His intensity and beautiful writing made this boo...

    SPYING ON WHALES: Teaching the Heart of Science http://fangswandsandfairydust.com/201... The author and whale paleobiologist provides a fascinating look at the when and what of his work. I voluntarily reviewed an advance readers copy of this book. No remuneration was exchanged and...

    Won this book in a Goodreads giveaway from Viking books. This is a relatively quick, easy read packed with scientific data and anecdotes. Author is a paleontologist and rightfully includes his expertise to help explain the natural history of whales and highlight many of the questions s...

    I really struggled with this one, it was incredibly dry and I found myself drifting off constantly. It may be the fact that it was the audio version I listened to and I would have enjoyed it more in written form but I listen to audio all the time without an issue. There was some intere...

    I liked it. I like whales and I felt like I learned some about their evolution, habits and and the effects of whaling and climate change on their chances for survival. Nick Pension intentionally wrote in a style any layperson can understand. The author shares his personal experiences i...

    Fascinating, easy read about these majestic animals. I found the evolutionary history and the author?s guesses as to where the different species of whales may lead to be the most interesting aspects of the book. Worth the read. ...

  • Shelley
    Dec 30, 2018

    Spying on Whales is a beautifully written introduction to the immersive world of whales. From their ancestry to their future, the beauty and evolution of these magnificent creatures as well as their adaptability, influence and importance to their and other ecosystems is explored in eas...

    I was really excited when I saw and read about this book. Whales are such majestic and mysterious creatures and I thought it would be a fascinating read. Unfortunately, no. Spying on Whales was actually quite dull and boring. How is that even possible for a book on WHALES ?? This ...

    I've always had a fascination with whales, dolphins and other mammals that live in the sea. I think maybe it's because they are so like us, and yet so different at the same time. When I saw this book written by a Smithsonian paleontologist, I knew I had to read all about the past, pres...

    When I think about whales, I get excited. What amazing, majestic HUGE creatures! They hold a very symbolic meaning for me and so I couldn't wait to get this book. The book itself is still fascinating but exciting? Not so much. Written by a scientist, it reads a bit like a science book....

    First-rate popular-science book, the best I?ve read in 2018. Highly recommended, if you are interested in whales, marine biology and/or paleontology. If, like me, you like all three ? don?t miss! 4.5 stars. The author, a paleontologist, is Curator of Marine Mammal Fossils at t...

    13th book for 2019. One of my jobs as a scientific journal editor was to commission review articles on topics of general interest from leading scientists in the field. A surprising number of reviews were unusable because the author decided to base the entire "review" around their ow...

    I think having read "The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs" right before reading this really soured this one for me - there was more paleontology in this book than there was in the dino book. ...

    4 stars - It was great. I loved it. Did you know that whales used to walk on land before returning to the water? Oh the rabbit holes this book led me down?.googled until my googler was sore. Easy to read (not dry at all) with fascinating tidbits. I love that the author makes y...

    Reviewed for The Bibliophibian. Pyenson is clearly obsessed with whales ? with the idea of them, with studying them, with understanding them and sharing that understanding. In this volume, he does his best to share all those things: his enthusiasm for whales as much as his academi...

    I wanted very much to enjoy this book, but it was dry and poorly focused. The emphasis was on personal experiences and the paleontology/taxonomy, without strongly addressing the compelling questions in the jacket blurb. Although there are some illustrations, they are overly simplistic ...

    This book was more than I imagined it would be. I've read plenty of books about whales (and loved pretty much all of them). But I've never read a book about whale fossils, which is largely what this book is about. Pyenson is a paleontologist and curator of fossil marine mammals for...

    With a glut of science books focused on humans? curiosity with the animal world, I am in awe. The ocean is just one big ball is amazingness that has yet to really be explored because it tests our limits, so it wasn?t hard to read this book when a Smithsonian scientist wanted to tal...

    2.5 stars. How can a book about whales be boring? Well, this guy manages it quite well. I feel like the book I listened to is not the book advertised in the blurb. There's way too much background about the author. I don't care about him. I just wanted to learn about whales. The subject...

    This was a good solid book on both paleontology and the evolution of whales. Often dinosaurs steal the show as far as this subject goes, but we sometimes forget that there are other interesting stories out there. There are a lot of good interesting little tidbits about other animals th...

    Maybe a 3.5, but this book teetered between more exciting descriptions of expeditions the author had been on to sections which were pretty dry and academic. If you are interested in whales, especially Orca, read Carl Safina's books. His intensity and beautiful writing made this boo...

  • Natalie Keating
    Jul 13, 2018

    Spying on Whales is a beautifully written introduction to the immersive world of whales. From their ancestry to their future, the beauty and evolution of these magnificent creatures as well as their adaptability, influence and importance to their and other ecosystems is explored in eas...

    I was really excited when I saw and read about this book. Whales are such majestic and mysterious creatures and I thought it would be a fascinating read. Unfortunately, no. Spying on Whales was actually quite dull and boring. How is that even possible for a book on WHALES ?? This ...

    I've always had a fascination with whales, dolphins and other mammals that live in the sea. I think maybe it's because they are so like us, and yet so different at the same time. When I saw this book written by a Smithsonian paleontologist, I knew I had to read all about the past, pres...

    When I think about whales, I get excited. What amazing, majestic HUGE creatures! They hold a very symbolic meaning for me and so I couldn't wait to get this book. The book itself is still fascinating but exciting? Not so much. Written by a scientist, it reads a bit like a science book....

    First-rate popular-science book, the best I?ve read in 2018. Highly recommended, if you are interested in whales, marine biology and/or paleontology. If, like me, you like all three ? don?t miss! 4.5 stars. The author, a paleontologist, is Curator of Marine Mammal Fossils at t...

    13th book for 2019. One of my jobs as a scientific journal editor was to commission review articles on topics of general interest from leading scientists in the field. A surprising number of reviews were unusable because the author decided to base the entire "review" around their ow...

    I think having read "The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs" right before reading this really soured this one for me - there was more paleontology in this book than there was in the dino book. ...

    4 stars - It was great. I loved it. Did you know that whales used to walk on land before returning to the water? Oh the rabbit holes this book led me down?.googled until my googler was sore. Easy to read (not dry at all) with fascinating tidbits. I love that the author makes y...

    Reviewed for The Bibliophibian. Pyenson is clearly obsessed with whales ? with the idea of them, with studying them, with understanding them and sharing that understanding. In this volume, he does his best to share all those things: his enthusiasm for whales as much as his academi...

    I wanted very much to enjoy this book, but it was dry and poorly focused. The emphasis was on personal experiences and the paleontology/taxonomy, without strongly addressing the compelling questions in the jacket blurb. Although there are some illustrations, they are overly simplistic ...

    This book was more than I imagined it would be. I've read plenty of books about whales (and loved pretty much all of them). But I've never read a book about whale fossils, which is largely what this book is about. Pyenson is a paleontologist and curator of fossil marine mammals for...

    With a glut of science books focused on humans? curiosity with the animal world, I am in awe. The ocean is just one big ball is amazingness that has yet to really be explored because it tests our limits, so it wasn?t hard to read this book when a Smithsonian scientist wanted to tal...

    2.5 stars. How can a book about whales be boring? Well, this guy manages it quite well. I feel like the book I listened to is not the book advertised in the blurb. There's way too much background about the author. I don't care about him. I just wanted to learn about whales. The subject...

    This was a good solid book on both paleontology and the evolution of whales. Often dinosaurs steal the show as far as this subject goes, but we sometimes forget that there are other interesting stories out there. There are a lot of good interesting little tidbits about other animals th...

    Maybe a 3.5, but this book teetered between more exciting descriptions of expeditions the author had been on to sections which were pretty dry and academic. If you are interested in whales, especially Orca, read Carl Safina's books. His intensity and beautiful writing made this boo...

    SPYING ON WHALES: Teaching the Heart of Science http://fangswandsandfairydust.com/201... The author and whale paleobiologist provides a fascinating look at the when and what of his work. I voluntarily reviewed an advance readers copy of this book. No remuneration was exchanged and...

    Won this book in a Goodreads giveaway from Viking books. This is a relatively quick, easy read packed with scientific data and anecdotes. Author is a paleontologist and rightfully includes his expertise to help explain the natural history of whales and highlight many of the questions s...

    I really struggled with this one, it was incredibly dry and I found myself drifting off constantly. It may be the fact that it was the audio version I listened to and I would have enjoyed it more in written form but I listen to audio all the time without an issue. There was some intere...

    I liked it. I like whales and I felt like I learned some about their evolution, habits and and the effects of whaling and climate change on their chances for survival. Nick Pension intentionally wrote in a style any layperson can understand. The author shares his personal experiences i...

    Fascinating, easy read about these majestic animals. I found the evolutionary history and the author?s guesses as to where the different species of whales may lead to be the most interesting aspects of the book. Worth the read. ...

    Fascinating, comprehensive & fun. The paleontology angle was new to me and added depth (pun intended ;-)) to the subject. The bit on dissecting whales at a whaling station in Iceland was especially fascinating! ...

    DNF. Very interesting, but I need to be in a different state of mind to read it. Hopefully I can finish it in the future. ...

    This book was very dry in places and I found the writing a bit scattered going from one thing to another. I wish it had been a little more linear. ...

    I finished reading ?Spying on Whales? by Nick Pyeson. I found it to be an informative book on everything whales. I learned quite a few new things about whales. Beautiful animals! ...

    This book is SO good! I have always been interested in whales and paleontologist Nick Pyenson definitely has a deep and abiding love for them that comes through in this book. He divides the book into three sections?past, present, and future?and writes eloquently about whales. Ancie...

  • Radiantflux
    Jan 22, 2019

    Spying on Whales is a beautifully written introduction to the immersive world of whales. From their ancestry to their future, the beauty and evolution of these magnificent creatures as well as their adaptability, influence and importance to their and other ecosystems is explored in eas...

    I was really excited when I saw and read about this book. Whales are such majestic and mysterious creatures and I thought it would be a fascinating read. Unfortunately, no. Spying on Whales was actually quite dull and boring. How is that even possible for a book on WHALES ?? This ...

    I've always had a fascination with whales, dolphins and other mammals that live in the sea. I think maybe it's because they are so like us, and yet so different at the same time. When I saw this book written by a Smithsonian paleontologist, I knew I had to read all about the past, pres...

    When I think about whales, I get excited. What amazing, majestic HUGE creatures! They hold a very symbolic meaning for me and so I couldn't wait to get this book. The book itself is still fascinating but exciting? Not so much. Written by a scientist, it reads a bit like a science book....

    First-rate popular-science book, the best I?ve read in 2018. Highly recommended, if you are interested in whales, marine biology and/or paleontology. If, like me, you like all three ? don?t miss! 4.5 stars. The author, a paleontologist, is Curator of Marine Mammal Fossils at t...

    13th book for 2019. One of my jobs as a scientific journal editor was to commission review articles on topics of general interest from leading scientists in the field. A surprising number of reviews were unusable because the author decided to base the entire "review" around their ow...

  • Becky Stanley
    Nov 14, 2018

    Spying on Whales is a beautifully written introduction to the immersive world of whales. From their ancestry to their future, the beauty and evolution of these magnificent creatures as well as their adaptability, influence and importance to their and other ecosystems is explored in eas...

    I was really excited when I saw and read about this book. Whales are such majestic and mysterious creatures and I thought it would be a fascinating read. Unfortunately, no. Spying on Whales was actually quite dull and boring. How is that even possible for a book on WHALES ?? This ...

    I've always had a fascination with whales, dolphins and other mammals that live in the sea. I think maybe it's because they are so like us, and yet so different at the same time. When I saw this book written by a Smithsonian paleontologist, I knew I had to read all about the past, pres...

    When I think about whales, I get excited. What amazing, majestic HUGE creatures! They hold a very symbolic meaning for me and so I couldn't wait to get this book. The book itself is still fascinating but exciting? Not so much. Written by a scientist, it reads a bit like a science book....

    First-rate popular-science book, the best I?ve read in 2018. Highly recommended, if you are interested in whales, marine biology and/or paleontology. If, like me, you like all three ? don?t miss! 4.5 stars. The author, a paleontologist, is Curator of Marine Mammal Fossils at t...

    13th book for 2019. One of my jobs as a scientific journal editor was to commission review articles on topics of general interest from leading scientists in the field. A surprising number of reviews were unusable because the author decided to base the entire "review" around their ow...

    I think having read "The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs" right before reading this really soured this one for me - there was more paleontology in this book than there was in the dino book. ...

    4 stars - It was great. I loved it. Did you know that whales used to walk on land before returning to the water? Oh the rabbit holes this book led me down?.googled until my googler was sore. Easy to read (not dry at all) with fascinating tidbits. I love that the author makes y...

    Reviewed for The Bibliophibian. Pyenson is clearly obsessed with whales ? with the idea of them, with studying them, with understanding them and sharing that understanding. In this volume, he does his best to share all those things: his enthusiasm for whales as much as his academi...

    I wanted very much to enjoy this book, but it was dry and poorly focused. The emphasis was on personal experiences and the paleontology/taxonomy, without strongly addressing the compelling questions in the jacket blurb. Although there are some illustrations, they are overly simplistic ...

    This book was more than I imagined it would be. I've read plenty of books about whales (and loved pretty much all of them). But I've never read a book about whale fossils, which is largely what this book is about. Pyenson is a paleontologist and curator of fossil marine mammals for...

    With a glut of science books focused on humans? curiosity with the animal world, I am in awe. The ocean is just one big ball is amazingness that has yet to really be explored because it tests our limits, so it wasn?t hard to read this book when a Smithsonian scientist wanted to tal...

    2.5 stars. How can a book about whales be boring? Well, this guy manages it quite well. I feel like the book I listened to is not the book advertised in the blurb. There's way too much background about the author. I don't care about him. I just wanted to learn about whales. The subject...

    This was a good solid book on both paleontology and the evolution of whales. Often dinosaurs steal the show as far as this subject goes, but we sometimes forget that there are other interesting stories out there. There are a lot of good interesting little tidbits about other animals th...

    Maybe a 3.5, but this book teetered between more exciting descriptions of expeditions the author had been on to sections which were pretty dry and academic. If you are interested in whales, especially Orca, read Carl Safina's books. His intensity and beautiful writing made this boo...

    SPYING ON WHALES: Teaching the Heart of Science http://fangswandsandfairydust.com/201... The author and whale paleobiologist provides a fascinating look at the when and what of his work. I voluntarily reviewed an advance readers copy of this book. No remuneration was exchanged and...

    Won this book in a Goodreads giveaway from Viking books. This is a relatively quick, easy read packed with scientific data and anecdotes. Author is a paleontologist and rightfully includes his expertise to help explain the natural history of whales and highlight many of the questions s...

    I really struggled with this one, it was incredibly dry and I found myself drifting off constantly. It may be the fact that it was the audio version I listened to and I would have enjoyed it more in written form but I listen to audio all the time without an issue. There was some intere...

    I liked it. I like whales and I felt like I learned some about their evolution, habits and and the effects of whaling and climate change on their chances for survival. Nick Pension intentionally wrote in a style any layperson can understand. The author shares his personal experiences i...

    Fascinating, easy read about these majestic animals. I found the evolutionary history and the author?s guesses as to where the different species of whales may lead to be the most interesting aspects of the book. Worth the read. ...

    Fascinating, comprehensive & fun. The paleontology angle was new to me and added depth (pun intended ;-)) to the subject. The bit on dissecting whales at a whaling station in Iceland was especially fascinating! ...

    DNF. Very interesting, but I need to be in a different state of mind to read it. Hopefully I can finish it in the future. ...

    This book was very dry in places and I found the writing a bit scattered going from one thing to another. I wish it had been a little more linear. ...

    I finished reading ?Spying on Whales? by Nick Pyeson. I found it to be an informative book on everything whales. I learned quite a few new things about whales. Beautiful animals! ...

    This book is SO good! I have always been interested in whales and paleontologist Nick Pyenson definitely has a deep and abiding love for them that comes through in this book. He divides the book into three sections?past, present, and future?and writes eloquently about whales. Ancie...

    Since i was little I always was so intrigued about whales. This book lived up to what I was expecting and I learned quite a fee new things. ...

    http://www.themaineedge.com/tekk/spyi... Writing about science in a manner that is entertaining and accessible while also conveying the desired information with clarity and concision ? not an easy task by any means. Finding the proper balance of wonky jargon and narrative engageme...

    This was very encyclopedia-ish and full of really fascinating information. I was hoping for more of a narrative but still incredibly readable for this genre. ...

    Lots of information about whale evolution, although it was a little dry for my taste. I was hoping to learn more about behaviors and family structure so I had expectations going into this book which probably colored my experience a bit. I definitely walked away with some new informatio...

  • Kitri Miller
    Feb 14, 2019

    Spying on Whales is a beautifully written introduction to the immersive world of whales. From their ancestry to their future, the beauty and evolution of these magnificent creatures as well as their adaptability, influence and importance to their and other ecosystems is explored in eas...

    I was really excited when I saw and read about this book. Whales are such majestic and mysterious creatures and I thought it would be a fascinating read. Unfortunately, no. Spying on Whales was actually quite dull and boring. How is that even possible for a book on WHALES ?? This ...

    I've always had a fascination with whales, dolphins and other mammals that live in the sea. I think maybe it's because they are so like us, and yet so different at the same time. When I saw this book written by a Smithsonian paleontologist, I knew I had to read all about the past, pres...

    When I think about whales, I get excited. What amazing, majestic HUGE creatures! They hold a very symbolic meaning for me and so I couldn't wait to get this book. The book itself is still fascinating but exciting? Not so much. Written by a scientist, it reads a bit like a science book....

    First-rate popular-science book, the best I?ve read in 2018. Highly recommended, if you are interested in whales, marine biology and/or paleontology. If, like me, you like all three ? don?t miss! 4.5 stars. The author, a paleontologist, is Curator of Marine Mammal Fossils at t...

    13th book for 2019. One of my jobs as a scientific journal editor was to commission review articles on topics of general interest from leading scientists in the field. A surprising number of reviews were unusable because the author decided to base the entire "review" around their ow...

    I think having read "The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs" right before reading this really soured this one for me - there was more paleontology in this book than there was in the dino book. ...

    4 stars - It was great. I loved it. Did you know that whales used to walk on land before returning to the water? Oh the rabbit holes this book led me down?.googled until my googler was sore. Easy to read (not dry at all) with fascinating tidbits. I love that the author makes y...

    Reviewed for The Bibliophibian. Pyenson is clearly obsessed with whales ? with the idea of them, with studying them, with understanding them and sharing that understanding. In this volume, he does his best to share all those things: his enthusiasm for whales as much as his academi...

    I wanted very much to enjoy this book, but it was dry and poorly focused. The emphasis was on personal experiences and the paleontology/taxonomy, without strongly addressing the compelling questions in the jacket blurb. Although there are some illustrations, they are overly simplistic ...

    This book was more than I imagined it would be. I've read plenty of books about whales (and loved pretty much all of them). But I've never read a book about whale fossils, which is largely what this book is about. Pyenson is a paleontologist and curator of fossil marine mammals for...

    With a glut of science books focused on humans? curiosity with the animal world, I am in awe. The ocean is just one big ball is amazingness that has yet to really be explored because it tests our limits, so it wasn?t hard to read this book when a Smithsonian scientist wanted to tal...

    2.5 stars. How can a book about whales be boring? Well, this guy manages it quite well. I feel like the book I listened to is not the book advertised in the blurb. There's way too much background about the author. I don't care about him. I just wanted to learn about whales. The subject...

    This was a good solid book on both paleontology and the evolution of whales. Often dinosaurs steal the show as far as this subject goes, but we sometimes forget that there are other interesting stories out there. There are a lot of good interesting little tidbits about other animals th...

  • Debbie
    Jun 02, 2018

    Spying on Whales is a beautifully written introduction to the immersive world of whales. From their ancestry to their future, the beauty and evolution of these magnificent creatures as well as their adaptability, influence and importance to their and other ecosystems is explored in eas...

    I was really excited when I saw and read about this book. Whales are such majestic and mysterious creatures and I thought it would be a fascinating read. Unfortunately, no. Spying on Whales was actually quite dull and boring. How is that even possible for a book on WHALES ?? This ...

    I've always had a fascination with whales, dolphins and other mammals that live in the sea. I think maybe it's because they are so like us, and yet so different at the same time. When I saw this book written by a Smithsonian paleontologist, I knew I had to read all about the past, pres...

    When I think about whales, I get excited. What amazing, majestic HUGE creatures! They hold a very symbolic meaning for me and so I couldn't wait to get this book. The book itself is still fascinating but exciting? Not so much. Written by a scientist, it reads a bit like a science book....

    First-rate popular-science book, the best I?ve read in 2018. Highly recommended, if you are interested in whales, marine biology and/or paleontology. If, like me, you like all three ? don?t miss! 4.5 stars. The author, a paleontologist, is Curator of Marine Mammal Fossils at t...

    13th book for 2019. One of my jobs as a scientific journal editor was to commission review articles on topics of general interest from leading scientists in the field. A surprising number of reviews were unusable because the author decided to base the entire "review" around their ow...

    I think having read "The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs" right before reading this really soured this one for me - there was more paleontology in this book than there was in the dino book. ...

    4 stars - It was great. I loved it. Did you know that whales used to walk on land before returning to the water? Oh the rabbit holes this book led me down?.googled until my googler was sore. Easy to read (not dry at all) with fascinating tidbits. I love that the author makes y...

    Reviewed for The Bibliophibian. Pyenson is clearly obsessed with whales ? with the idea of them, with studying them, with understanding them and sharing that understanding. In this volume, he does his best to share all those things: his enthusiasm for whales as much as his academi...

    I wanted very much to enjoy this book, but it was dry and poorly focused. The emphasis was on personal experiences and the paleontology/taxonomy, without strongly addressing the compelling questions in the jacket blurb. Although there are some illustrations, they are overly simplistic ...

    This book was more than I imagined it would be. I've read plenty of books about whales (and loved pretty much all of them). But I've never read a book about whale fossils, which is largely what this book is about. Pyenson is a paleontologist and curator of fossil marine mammals for...

    With a glut of science books focused on humans? curiosity with the animal world, I am in awe. The ocean is just one big ball is amazingness that has yet to really be explored because it tests our limits, so it wasn?t hard to read this book when a Smithsonian scientist wanted to tal...

    2.5 stars. How can a book about whales be boring? Well, this guy manages it quite well. I feel like the book I listened to is not the book advertised in the blurb. There's way too much background about the author. I don't care about him. I just wanted to learn about whales. The subject...

    This was a good solid book on both paleontology and the evolution of whales. Often dinosaurs steal the show as far as this subject goes, but we sometimes forget that there are other interesting stories out there. There are a lot of good interesting little tidbits about other animals th...

    Maybe a 3.5, but this book teetered between more exciting descriptions of expeditions the author had been on to sections which were pretty dry and academic. If you are interested in whales, especially Orca, read Carl Safina's books. His intensity and beautiful writing made this boo...

    SPYING ON WHALES: Teaching the Heart of Science http://fangswandsandfairydust.com/201... The author and whale paleobiologist provides a fascinating look at the when and what of his work. I voluntarily reviewed an advance readers copy of this book. No remuneration was exchanged and...

    Won this book in a Goodreads giveaway from Viking books. This is a relatively quick, easy read packed with scientific data and anecdotes. Author is a paleontologist and rightfully includes his expertise to help explain the natural history of whales and highlight many of the questions s...

    I really struggled with this one, it was incredibly dry and I found myself drifting off constantly. It may be the fact that it was the audio version I listened to and I would have enjoyed it more in written form but I listen to audio all the time without an issue. There was some intere...

    I liked it. I like whales and I felt like I learned some about their evolution, habits and and the effects of whaling and climate change on their chances for survival. Nick Pension intentionally wrote in a style any layperson can understand. The author shares his personal experiences i...

    Fascinating, easy read about these majestic animals. I found the evolutionary history and the author?s guesses as to where the different species of whales may lead to be the most interesting aspects of the book. Worth the read. ...

    Fascinating, comprehensive & fun. The paleontology angle was new to me and added depth (pun intended ;-)) to the subject. The bit on dissecting whales at a whaling station in Iceland was especially fascinating! ...

    DNF. Very interesting, but I need to be in a different state of mind to read it. Hopefully I can finish it in the future. ...

    This book was very dry in places and I found the writing a bit scattered going from one thing to another. I wish it had been a little more linear. ...

    I finished reading ?Spying on Whales? by Nick Pyeson. I found it to be an informative book on everything whales. I learned quite a few new things about whales. Beautiful animals! ...

  • Emma (M)
    Jan 19, 2019

    Spying on Whales is a beautifully written introduction to the immersive world of whales. From their ancestry to their future, the beauty and evolution of these magnificent creatures as well as their adaptability, influence and importance to their and other ecosystems is explored in eas...

    I was really excited when I saw and read about this book. Whales are such majestic and mysterious creatures and I thought it would be a fascinating read. Unfortunately, no. Spying on Whales was actually quite dull and boring. How is that even possible for a book on WHALES ?? This ...

    I've always had a fascination with whales, dolphins and other mammals that live in the sea. I think maybe it's because they are so like us, and yet so different at the same time. When I saw this book written by a Smithsonian paleontologist, I knew I had to read all about the past, pres...

    When I think about whales, I get excited. What amazing, majestic HUGE creatures! They hold a very symbolic meaning for me and so I couldn't wait to get this book. The book itself is still fascinating but exciting? Not so much. Written by a scientist, it reads a bit like a science book....

    First-rate popular-science book, the best I?ve read in 2018. Highly recommended, if you are interested in whales, marine biology and/or paleontology. If, like me, you like all three ? don?t miss! 4.5 stars. The author, a paleontologist, is Curator of Marine Mammal Fossils at t...

    13th book for 2019. One of my jobs as a scientific journal editor was to commission review articles on topics of general interest from leading scientists in the field. A surprising number of reviews were unusable because the author decided to base the entire "review" around their ow...

    I think having read "The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs" right before reading this really soured this one for me - there was more paleontology in this book than there was in the dino book. ...

    4 stars - It was great. I loved it. Did you know that whales used to walk on land before returning to the water? Oh the rabbit holes this book led me down?.googled until my googler was sore. Easy to read (not dry at all) with fascinating tidbits. I love that the author makes y...

    Reviewed for The Bibliophibian. Pyenson is clearly obsessed with whales ? with the idea of them, with studying them, with understanding them and sharing that understanding. In this volume, he does his best to share all those things: his enthusiasm for whales as much as his academi...

    I wanted very much to enjoy this book, but it was dry and poorly focused. The emphasis was on personal experiences and the paleontology/taxonomy, without strongly addressing the compelling questions in the jacket blurb. Although there are some illustrations, they are overly simplistic ...

    This book was more than I imagined it would be. I've read plenty of books about whales (and loved pretty much all of them). But I've never read a book about whale fossils, which is largely what this book is about. Pyenson is a paleontologist and curator of fossil marine mammals for...

    With a glut of science books focused on humans? curiosity with the animal world, I am in awe. The ocean is just one big ball is amazingness that has yet to really be explored because it tests our limits, so it wasn?t hard to read this book when a Smithsonian scientist wanted to tal...

    2.5 stars. How can a book about whales be boring? Well, this guy manages it quite well. I feel like the book I listened to is not the book advertised in the blurb. There's way too much background about the author. I don't care about him. I just wanted to learn about whales. The subject...

    This was a good solid book on both paleontology and the evolution of whales. Often dinosaurs steal the show as far as this subject goes, but we sometimes forget that there are other interesting stories out there. There are a lot of good interesting little tidbits about other animals th...

    Maybe a 3.5, but this book teetered between more exciting descriptions of expeditions the author had been on to sections which were pretty dry and academic. If you are interested in whales, especially Orca, read Carl Safina's books. His intensity and beautiful writing made this boo...

    SPYING ON WHALES: Teaching the Heart of Science http://fangswandsandfairydust.com/201... The author and whale paleobiologist provides a fascinating look at the when and what of his work. I voluntarily reviewed an advance readers copy of this book. No remuneration was exchanged and...

    Won this book in a Goodreads giveaway from Viking books. This is a relatively quick, easy read packed with scientific data and anecdotes. Author is a paleontologist and rightfully includes his expertise to help explain the natural history of whales and highlight many of the questions s...

    I really struggled with this one, it was incredibly dry and I found myself drifting off constantly. It may be the fact that it was the audio version I listened to and I would have enjoyed it more in written form but I listen to audio all the time without an issue. There was some intere...

  • Mary  Carrasco
    Aug 24, 2018

    Spying on Whales is a beautifully written introduction to the immersive world of whales. From their ancestry to their future, the beauty and evolution of these magnificent creatures as well as their adaptability, influence and importance to their and other ecosystems is explored in eas...

    I was really excited when I saw and read about this book. Whales are such majestic and mysterious creatures and I thought it would be a fascinating read. Unfortunately, no. Spying on Whales was actually quite dull and boring. How is that even possible for a book on WHALES ?? This ...

    I've always had a fascination with whales, dolphins and other mammals that live in the sea. I think maybe it's because they are so like us, and yet so different at the same time. When I saw this book written by a Smithsonian paleontologist, I knew I had to read all about the past, pres...

    When I think about whales, I get excited. What amazing, majestic HUGE creatures! They hold a very symbolic meaning for me and so I couldn't wait to get this book. The book itself is still fascinating but exciting? Not so much. Written by a scientist, it reads a bit like a science book....

  • Melissa McGuire
    May 30, 2018

    Spying on Whales is a beautifully written introduction to the immersive world of whales. From their ancestry to their future, the beauty and evolution of these magnificent creatures as well as their adaptability, influence and importance to their and other ecosystems is explored in eas...

    I was really excited when I saw and read about this book. Whales are such majestic and mysterious creatures and I thought it would be a fascinating read. Unfortunately, no. Spying on Whales was actually quite dull and boring. How is that even possible for a book on WHALES ?? This ...

    I've always had a fascination with whales, dolphins and other mammals that live in the sea. I think maybe it's because they are so like us, and yet so different at the same time. When I saw this book written by a Smithsonian paleontologist, I knew I had to read all about the past, pres...

    When I think about whales, I get excited. What amazing, majestic HUGE creatures! They hold a very symbolic meaning for me and so I couldn't wait to get this book. The book itself is still fascinating but exciting? Not so much. Written by a scientist, it reads a bit like a science book....

    First-rate popular-science book, the best I?ve read in 2018. Highly recommended, if you are interested in whales, marine biology and/or paleontology. If, like me, you like all three ? don?t miss! 4.5 stars. The author, a paleontologist, is Curator of Marine Mammal Fossils at t...

    13th book for 2019. One of my jobs as a scientific journal editor was to commission review articles on topics of general interest from leading scientists in the field. A surprising number of reviews were unusable because the author decided to base the entire "review" around their ow...

    I think having read "The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs" right before reading this really soured this one for me - there was more paleontology in this book than there was in the dino book. ...

    4 stars - It was great. I loved it. Did you know that whales used to walk on land before returning to the water? Oh the rabbit holes this book led me down?.googled until my googler was sore. Easy to read (not dry at all) with fascinating tidbits. I love that the author makes y...

    Reviewed for The Bibliophibian. Pyenson is clearly obsessed with whales ? with the idea of them, with studying them, with understanding them and sharing that understanding. In this volume, he does his best to share all those things: his enthusiasm for whales as much as his academi...

    I wanted very much to enjoy this book, but it was dry and poorly focused. The emphasis was on personal experiences and the paleontology/taxonomy, without strongly addressing the compelling questions in the jacket blurb. Although there are some illustrations, they are overly simplistic ...

    This book was more than I imagined it would be. I've read plenty of books about whales (and loved pretty much all of them). But I've never read a book about whale fossils, which is largely what this book is about. Pyenson is a paleontologist and curator of fossil marine mammals for...

    With a glut of science books focused on humans? curiosity with the animal world, I am in awe. The ocean is just one big ball is amazingness that has yet to really be explored because it tests our limits, so it wasn?t hard to read this book when a Smithsonian scientist wanted to tal...

    2.5 stars. How can a book about whales be boring? Well, this guy manages it quite well. I feel like the book I listened to is not the book advertised in the blurb. There's way too much background about the author. I don't care about him. I just wanted to learn about whales. The subject...

    This was a good solid book on both paleontology and the evolution of whales. Often dinosaurs steal the show as far as this subject goes, but we sometimes forget that there are other interesting stories out there. There are a lot of good interesting little tidbits about other animals th...

    Maybe a 3.5, but this book teetered between more exciting descriptions of expeditions the author had been on to sections which were pretty dry and academic. If you are interested in whales, especially Orca, read Carl Safina's books. His intensity and beautiful writing made this boo...

    SPYING ON WHALES: Teaching the Heart of Science http://fangswandsandfairydust.com/201... The author and whale paleobiologist provides a fascinating look at the when and what of his work. I voluntarily reviewed an advance readers copy of this book. No remuneration was exchanged and...

    Won this book in a Goodreads giveaway from Viking books. This is a relatively quick, easy read packed with scientific data and anecdotes. Author is a paleontologist and rightfully includes his expertise to help explain the natural history of whales and highlight many of the questions s...

    I really struggled with this one, it was incredibly dry and I found myself drifting off constantly. It may be the fact that it was the audio version I listened to and I would have enjoyed it more in written form but I listen to audio all the time without an issue. There was some intere...

    I liked it. I like whales and I felt like I learned some about their evolution, habits and and the effects of whaling and climate change on their chances for survival. Nick Pension intentionally wrote in a style any layperson can understand. The author shares his personal experiences i...

    Fascinating, easy read about these majestic animals. I found the evolutionary history and the author?s guesses as to where the different species of whales may lead to be the most interesting aspects of the book. Worth the read. ...

    Fascinating, comprehensive & fun. The paleontology angle was new to me and added depth (pun intended ;-)) to the subject. The bit on dissecting whales at a whaling station in Iceland was especially fascinating! ...

    DNF. Very interesting, but I need to be in a different state of mind to read it. Hopefully I can finish it in the future. ...

    This book was very dry in places and I found the writing a bit scattered going from one thing to another. I wish it had been a little more linear. ...

    I finished reading ?Spying on Whales? by Nick Pyeson. I found it to be an informative book on everything whales. I learned quite a few new things about whales. Beautiful animals! ...

    This book is SO good! I have always been interested in whales and paleontologist Nick Pyenson definitely has a deep and abiding love for them that comes through in this book. He divides the book into three sections?past, present, and future?and writes eloquently about whales. Ancie...

    Since i was little I always was so intrigued about whales. This book lived up to what I was expecting and I learned quite a fee new things. ...

  • Dre McDermott
    Nov 17, 2018

    Spying on Whales is a beautifully written introduction to the immersive world of whales. From their ancestry to their future, the beauty and evolution of these magnificent creatures as well as their adaptability, influence and importance to their and other ecosystems is explored in eas...

    I was really excited when I saw and read about this book. Whales are such majestic and mysterious creatures and I thought it would be a fascinating read. Unfortunately, no. Spying on Whales was actually quite dull and boring. How is that even possible for a book on WHALES ?? This ...

    I've always had a fascination with whales, dolphins and other mammals that live in the sea. I think maybe it's because they are so like us, and yet so different at the same time. When I saw this book written by a Smithsonian paleontologist, I knew I had to read all about the past, pres...

    When I think about whales, I get excited. What amazing, majestic HUGE creatures! They hold a very symbolic meaning for me and so I couldn't wait to get this book. The book itself is still fascinating but exciting? Not so much. Written by a scientist, it reads a bit like a science book....

    First-rate popular-science book, the best I?ve read in 2018. Highly recommended, if you are interested in whales, marine biology and/or paleontology. If, like me, you like all three ? don?t miss! 4.5 stars. The author, a paleontologist, is Curator of Marine Mammal Fossils at t...

    13th book for 2019. One of my jobs as a scientific journal editor was to commission review articles on topics of general interest from leading scientists in the field. A surprising number of reviews were unusable because the author decided to base the entire "review" around their ow...

    I think having read "The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs" right before reading this really soured this one for me - there was more paleontology in this book than there was in the dino book. ...

    4 stars - It was great. I loved it. Did you know that whales used to walk on land before returning to the water? Oh the rabbit holes this book led me down?.googled until my googler was sore. Easy to read (not dry at all) with fascinating tidbits. I love that the author makes y...

    Reviewed for The Bibliophibian. Pyenson is clearly obsessed with whales ? with the idea of them, with studying them, with understanding them and sharing that understanding. In this volume, he does his best to share all those things: his enthusiasm for whales as much as his academi...

    I wanted very much to enjoy this book, but it was dry and poorly focused. The emphasis was on personal experiences and the paleontology/taxonomy, without strongly addressing the compelling questions in the jacket blurb. Although there are some illustrations, they are overly simplistic ...

    This book was more than I imagined it would be. I've read plenty of books about whales (and loved pretty much all of them). But I've never read a book about whale fossils, which is largely what this book is about. Pyenson is a paleontologist and curator of fossil marine mammals for...

    With a glut of science books focused on humans? curiosity with the animal world, I am in awe. The ocean is just one big ball is amazingness that has yet to really be explored because it tests our limits, so it wasn?t hard to read this book when a Smithsonian scientist wanted to tal...

    2.5 stars. How can a book about whales be boring? Well, this guy manages it quite well. I feel like the book I listened to is not the book advertised in the blurb. There's way too much background about the author. I don't care about him. I just wanted to learn about whales. The subject...

    This was a good solid book on both paleontology and the evolution of whales. Often dinosaurs steal the show as far as this subject goes, but we sometimes forget that there are other interesting stories out there. There are a lot of good interesting little tidbits about other animals th...

    Maybe a 3.5, but this book teetered between more exciting descriptions of expeditions the author had been on to sections which were pretty dry and academic. If you are interested in whales, especially Orca, read Carl Safina's books. His intensity and beautiful writing made this boo...

    SPYING ON WHALES: Teaching the Heart of Science http://fangswandsandfairydust.com/201... The author and whale paleobiologist provides a fascinating look at the when and what of his work. I voluntarily reviewed an advance readers copy of this book. No remuneration was exchanged and...

    Won this book in a Goodreads giveaway from Viking books. This is a relatively quick, easy read packed with scientific data and anecdotes. Author is a paleontologist and rightfully includes his expertise to help explain the natural history of whales and highlight many of the questions s...

    I really struggled with this one, it was incredibly dry and I found myself drifting off constantly. It may be the fact that it was the audio version I listened to and I would have enjoyed it more in written form but I listen to audio all the time without an issue. There was some intere...

    I liked it. I like whales and I felt like I learned some about their evolution, habits and and the effects of whaling and climate change on their chances for survival. Nick Pension intentionally wrote in a style any layperson can understand. The author shares his personal experiences i...

    Fascinating, easy read about these majestic animals. I found the evolutionary history and the author?s guesses as to where the different species of whales may lead to be the most interesting aspects of the book. Worth the read. ...

    Fascinating, comprehensive & fun. The paleontology angle was new to me and added depth (pun intended ;-)) to the subject. The bit on dissecting whales at a whaling station in Iceland was especially fascinating! ...

    DNF. Very interesting, but I need to be in a different state of mind to read it. Hopefully I can finish it in the future. ...

    This book was very dry in places and I found the writing a bit scattered going from one thing to another. I wish it had been a little more linear. ...

    I finished reading ?Spying on Whales? by Nick Pyeson. I found it to be an informative book on everything whales. I learned quite a few new things about whales. Beautiful animals! ...

    This book is SO good! I have always been interested in whales and paleontologist Nick Pyenson definitely has a deep and abiding love for them that comes through in this book. He divides the book into three sections?past, present, and future?and writes eloquently about whales. Ancie...

    Since i was little I always was so intrigued about whales. This book lived up to what I was expecting and I learned quite a fee new things. ...

    http://www.themaineedge.com/tekk/spyi... Writing about science in a manner that is entertaining and accessible while also conveying the desired information with clarity and concision ? not an easy task by any means. Finding the proper balance of wonky jargon and narrative engageme...

    This was very encyclopedia-ish and full of really fascinating information. I was hoping for more of a narrative but still incredibly readable for this genre. ...

  • Juli
    Aug 11, 2018

    Spying on Whales is a beautifully written introduction to the immersive world of whales. From their ancestry to their future, the beauty and evolution of these magnificent creatures as well as their adaptability, influence and importance to their and other ecosystems is explored in eas...

    I was really excited when I saw and read about this book. Whales are such majestic and mysterious creatures and I thought it would be a fascinating read. Unfortunately, no. Spying on Whales was actually quite dull and boring. How is that even possible for a book on WHALES ?? This ...

    I've always had a fascination with whales, dolphins and other mammals that live in the sea. I think maybe it's because they are so like us, and yet so different at the same time. When I saw this book written by a Smithsonian paleontologist, I knew I had to read all about the past, pres...

  • jedioffsidetrap
    Dec 26, 2018

    Spying on Whales is a beautifully written introduction to the immersive world of whales. From their ancestry to their future, the beauty and evolution of these magnificent creatures as well as their adaptability, influence and importance to their and other ecosystems is explored in eas...

    I was really excited when I saw and read about this book. Whales are such majestic and mysterious creatures and I thought it would be a fascinating read. Unfortunately, no. Spying on Whales was actually quite dull and boring. How is that even possible for a book on WHALES ?? This ...

    I've always had a fascination with whales, dolphins and other mammals that live in the sea. I think maybe it's because they are so like us, and yet so different at the same time. When I saw this book written by a Smithsonian paleontologist, I knew I had to read all about the past, pres...

    When I think about whales, I get excited. What amazing, majestic HUGE creatures! They hold a very symbolic meaning for me and so I couldn't wait to get this book. The book itself is still fascinating but exciting? Not so much. Written by a scientist, it reads a bit like a science book....

    First-rate popular-science book, the best I?ve read in 2018. Highly recommended, if you are interested in whales, marine biology and/or paleontology. If, like me, you like all three ? don?t miss! 4.5 stars. The author, a paleontologist, is Curator of Marine Mammal Fossils at t...

    13th book for 2019. One of my jobs as a scientific journal editor was to commission review articles on topics of general interest from leading scientists in the field. A surprising number of reviews were unusable because the author decided to base the entire "review" around their ow...

    I think having read "The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs" right before reading this really soured this one for me - there was more paleontology in this book than there was in the dino book. ...

    4 stars - It was great. I loved it. Did you know that whales used to walk on land before returning to the water? Oh the rabbit holes this book led me down?.googled until my googler was sore. Easy to read (not dry at all) with fascinating tidbits. I love that the author makes y...

    Reviewed for The Bibliophibian. Pyenson is clearly obsessed with whales ? with the idea of them, with studying them, with understanding them and sharing that understanding. In this volume, he does his best to share all those things: his enthusiasm for whales as much as his academi...

    I wanted very much to enjoy this book, but it was dry and poorly focused. The emphasis was on personal experiences and the paleontology/taxonomy, without strongly addressing the compelling questions in the jacket blurb. Although there are some illustrations, they are overly simplistic ...

    This book was more than I imagined it would be. I've read plenty of books about whales (and loved pretty much all of them). But I've never read a book about whale fossils, which is largely what this book is about. Pyenson is a paleontologist and curator of fossil marine mammals for...

    With a glut of science books focused on humans? curiosity with the animal world, I am in awe. The ocean is just one big ball is amazingness that has yet to really be explored because it tests our limits, so it wasn?t hard to read this book when a Smithsonian scientist wanted to tal...

    2.5 stars. How can a book about whales be boring? Well, this guy manages it quite well. I feel like the book I listened to is not the book advertised in the blurb. There's way too much background about the author. I don't care about him. I just wanted to learn about whales. The subject...

    This was a good solid book on both paleontology and the evolution of whales. Often dinosaurs steal the show as far as this subject goes, but we sometimes forget that there are other interesting stories out there. There are a lot of good interesting little tidbits about other animals th...

    Maybe a 3.5, but this book teetered between more exciting descriptions of expeditions the author had been on to sections which were pretty dry and academic. If you are interested in whales, especially Orca, read Carl Safina's books. His intensity and beautiful writing made this boo...

    SPYING ON WHALES: Teaching the Heart of Science http://fangswandsandfairydust.com/201... The author and whale paleobiologist provides a fascinating look at the when and what of his work. I voluntarily reviewed an advance readers copy of this book. No remuneration was exchanged and...

    Won this book in a Goodreads giveaway from Viking books. This is a relatively quick, easy read packed with scientific data and anecdotes. Author is a paleontologist and rightfully includes his expertise to help explain the natural history of whales and highlight many of the questions s...

    I really struggled with this one, it was incredibly dry and I found myself drifting off constantly. It may be the fact that it was the audio version I listened to and I would have enjoyed it more in written form but I listen to audio all the time without an issue. There was some intere...

    I liked it. I like whales and I felt like I learned some about their evolution, habits and and the effects of whaling and climate change on their chances for survival. Nick Pension intentionally wrote in a style any layperson can understand. The author shares his personal experiences i...

    Fascinating, easy read about these majestic animals. I found the evolutionary history and the author?s guesses as to where the different species of whales may lead to be the most interesting aspects of the book. Worth the read. ...

    Fascinating, comprehensive & fun. The paleontology angle was new to me and added depth (pun intended ;-)) to the subject. The bit on dissecting whales at a whaling station in Iceland was especially fascinating! ...

  • Steve Nolan
    Jul 09, 2018

    Spying on Whales is a beautifully written introduction to the immersive world of whales. From their ancestry to their future, the beauty and evolution of these magnificent creatures as well as their adaptability, influence and importance to their and other ecosystems is explored in eas...

    I was really excited when I saw and read about this book. Whales are such majestic and mysterious creatures and I thought it would be a fascinating read. Unfortunately, no. Spying on Whales was actually quite dull and boring. How is that even possible for a book on WHALES ?? This ...

    I've always had a fascination with whales, dolphins and other mammals that live in the sea. I think maybe it's because they are so like us, and yet so different at the same time. When I saw this book written by a Smithsonian paleontologist, I knew I had to read all about the past, pres...

    When I think about whales, I get excited. What amazing, majestic HUGE creatures! They hold a very symbolic meaning for me and so I couldn't wait to get this book. The book itself is still fascinating but exciting? Not so much. Written by a scientist, it reads a bit like a science book....

    First-rate popular-science book, the best I?ve read in 2018. Highly recommended, if you are interested in whales, marine biology and/or paleontology. If, like me, you like all three ? don?t miss! 4.5 stars. The author, a paleontologist, is Curator of Marine Mammal Fossils at t...

    13th book for 2019. One of my jobs as a scientific journal editor was to commission review articles on topics of general interest from leading scientists in the field. A surprising number of reviews were unusable because the author decided to base the entire "review" around their ow...

    I think having read "The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs" right before reading this really soured this one for me - there was more paleontology in this book than there was in the dino book. ...

  • Scarlett Readz and Runz....Through Novel Time & Distance
    Sep 06, 2018

    Spying on Whales is a beautifully written introduction to the immersive world of whales. From their ancestry to their future, the beauty and evolution of these magnificent creatures as well as their adaptability, influence and importance to their and other ecosystems is explored in eas...

  • Dustin Rottier
    Aug 29, 2018

    Spying on Whales is a beautifully written introduction to the immersive world of whales. From their ancestry to their future, the beauty and evolution of these magnificent creatures as well as their adaptability, influence and importance to their and other ecosystems is explored in eas...

    I was really excited when I saw and read about this book. Whales are such majestic and mysterious creatures and I thought it would be a fascinating read. Unfortunately, no. Spying on Whales was actually quite dull and boring. How is that even possible for a book on WHALES ?? This ...

    I've always had a fascination with whales, dolphins and other mammals that live in the sea. I think maybe it's because they are so like us, and yet so different at the same time. When I saw this book written by a Smithsonian paleontologist, I knew I had to read all about the past, pres...

    When I think about whales, I get excited. What amazing, majestic HUGE creatures! They hold a very symbolic meaning for me and so I couldn't wait to get this book. The book itself is still fascinating but exciting? Not so much. Written by a scientist, it reads a bit like a science book....

    First-rate popular-science book, the best I?ve read in 2018. Highly recommended, if you are interested in whales, marine biology and/or paleontology. If, like me, you like all three ? don?t miss! 4.5 stars. The author, a paleontologist, is Curator of Marine Mammal Fossils at t...

    13th book for 2019. One of my jobs as a scientific journal editor was to commission review articles on topics of general interest from leading scientists in the field. A surprising number of reviews were unusable because the author decided to base the entire "review" around their ow...

    I think having read "The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs" right before reading this really soured this one for me - there was more paleontology in this book than there was in the dino book. ...

    4 stars - It was great. I loved it. Did you know that whales used to walk on land before returning to the water? Oh the rabbit holes this book led me down?.googled until my googler was sore. Easy to read (not dry at all) with fascinating tidbits. I love that the author makes y...

    Reviewed for The Bibliophibian. Pyenson is clearly obsessed with whales ? with the idea of them, with studying them, with understanding them and sharing that understanding. In this volume, he does his best to share all those things: his enthusiasm for whales as much as his academi...

    I wanted very much to enjoy this book, but it was dry and poorly focused. The emphasis was on personal experiences and the paleontology/taxonomy, without strongly addressing the compelling questions in the jacket blurb. Although there are some illustrations, they are overly simplistic ...

    This book was more than I imagined it would be. I've read plenty of books about whales (and loved pretty much all of them). But I've never read a book about whale fossils, which is largely what this book is about. Pyenson is a paleontologist and curator of fossil marine mammals for...

    With a glut of science books focused on humans? curiosity with the animal world, I am in awe. The ocean is just one big ball is amazingness that has yet to really be explored because it tests our limits, so it wasn?t hard to read this book when a Smithsonian scientist wanted to tal...

    2.5 stars. How can a book about whales be boring? Well, this guy manages it quite well. I feel like the book I listened to is not the book advertised in the blurb. There's way too much background about the author. I don't care about him. I just wanted to learn about whales. The subject...

    This was a good solid book on both paleontology and the evolution of whales. Often dinosaurs steal the show as far as this subject goes, but we sometimes forget that there are other interesting stories out there. There are a lot of good interesting little tidbits about other animals th...

    Maybe a 3.5, but this book teetered between more exciting descriptions of expeditions the author had been on to sections which were pretty dry and academic. If you are interested in whales, especially Orca, read Carl Safina's books. His intensity and beautiful writing made this boo...

    SPYING ON WHALES: Teaching the Heart of Science http://fangswandsandfairydust.com/201... The author and whale paleobiologist provides a fascinating look at the when and what of his work. I voluntarily reviewed an advance readers copy of this book. No remuneration was exchanged and...

    Won this book in a Goodreads giveaway from Viking books. This is a relatively quick, easy read packed with scientific data and anecdotes. Author is a paleontologist and rightfully includes his expertise to help explain the natural history of whales and highlight many of the questions s...

  • Alyssa Swink
    Dec 02, 2018

    Spying on Whales is a beautifully written introduction to the immersive world of whales. From their ancestry to their future, the beauty and evolution of these magnificent creatures as well as their adaptability, influence and importance to their and other ecosystems is explored in eas...

    I was really excited when I saw and read about this book. Whales are such majestic and mysterious creatures and I thought it would be a fascinating read. Unfortunately, no. Spying on Whales was actually quite dull and boring. How is that even possible for a book on WHALES ?? This ...

    I've always had a fascination with whales, dolphins and other mammals that live in the sea. I think maybe it's because they are so like us, and yet so different at the same time. When I saw this book written by a Smithsonian paleontologist, I knew I had to read all about the past, pres...

    When I think about whales, I get excited. What amazing, majestic HUGE creatures! They hold a very symbolic meaning for me and so I couldn't wait to get this book. The book itself is still fascinating but exciting? Not so much. Written by a scientist, it reads a bit like a science book....

    First-rate popular-science book, the best I?ve read in 2018. Highly recommended, if you are interested in whales, marine biology and/or paleontology. If, like me, you like all three ? don?t miss! 4.5 stars. The author, a paleontologist, is Curator of Marine Mammal Fossils at t...

    13th book for 2019. One of my jobs as a scientific journal editor was to commission review articles on topics of general interest from leading scientists in the field. A surprising number of reviews were unusable because the author decided to base the entire "review" around their ow...

    I think having read "The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs" right before reading this really soured this one for me - there was more paleontology in this book than there was in the dino book. ...

    4 stars - It was great. I loved it. Did you know that whales used to walk on land before returning to the water? Oh the rabbit holes this book led me down?.googled until my googler was sore. Easy to read (not dry at all) with fascinating tidbits. I love that the author makes y...

    Reviewed for The Bibliophibian. Pyenson is clearly obsessed with whales ? with the idea of them, with studying them, with understanding them and sharing that understanding. In this volume, he does his best to share all those things: his enthusiasm for whales as much as his academi...

    I wanted very much to enjoy this book, but it was dry and poorly focused. The emphasis was on personal experiences and the paleontology/taxonomy, without strongly addressing the compelling questions in the jacket blurb. Although there are some illustrations, they are overly simplistic ...

    This book was more than I imagined it would be. I've read plenty of books about whales (and loved pretty much all of them). But I've never read a book about whale fossils, which is largely what this book is about. Pyenson is a paleontologist and curator of fossil marine mammals for...

    With a glut of science books focused on humans? curiosity with the animal world, I am in awe. The ocean is just one big ball is amazingness that has yet to really be explored because it tests our limits, so it wasn?t hard to read this book when a Smithsonian scientist wanted to tal...

    2.5 stars. How can a book about whales be boring? Well, this guy manages it quite well. I feel like the book I listened to is not the book advertised in the blurb. There's way too much background about the author. I don't care about him. I just wanted to learn about whales. The subject...

    This was a good solid book on both paleontology and the evolution of whales. Often dinosaurs steal the show as far as this subject goes, but we sometimes forget that there are other interesting stories out there. There are a lot of good interesting little tidbits about other animals th...

    Maybe a 3.5, but this book teetered between more exciting descriptions of expeditions the author had been on to sections which were pretty dry and academic. If you are interested in whales, especially Orca, read Carl Safina's books. His intensity and beautiful writing made this boo...

    SPYING ON WHALES: Teaching the Heart of Science http://fangswandsandfairydust.com/201... The author and whale paleobiologist provides a fascinating look at the when and what of his work. I voluntarily reviewed an advance readers copy of this book. No remuneration was exchanged and...

    Won this book in a Goodreads giveaway from Viking books. This is a relatively quick, easy read packed with scientific data and anecdotes. Author is a paleontologist and rightfully includes his expertise to help explain the natural history of whales and highlight many of the questions s...

    I really struggled with this one, it was incredibly dry and I found myself drifting off constantly. It may be the fact that it was the audio version I listened to and I would have enjoyed it more in written form but I listen to audio all the time without an issue. There was some intere...

    I liked it. I like whales and I felt like I learned some about their evolution, habits and and the effects of whaling and climate change on their chances for survival. Nick Pension intentionally wrote in a style any layperson can understand. The author shares his personal experiences i...

    Fascinating, easy read about these majestic animals. I found the evolutionary history and the author?s guesses as to where the different species of whales may lead to be the most interesting aspects of the book. Worth the read. ...

    Fascinating, comprehensive & fun. The paleontology angle was new to me and added depth (pun intended ;-)) to the subject. The bit on dissecting whales at a whaling station in Iceland was especially fascinating! ...

    DNF. Very interesting, but I need to be in a different state of mind to read it. Hopefully I can finish it in the future. ...

  • EC2151
    Sep 03, 2018

    Spying on Whales is a beautifully written introduction to the immersive world of whales. From their ancestry to their future, the beauty and evolution of these magnificent creatures as well as their adaptability, influence and importance to their and other ecosystems is explored in eas...

    I was really excited when I saw and read about this book. Whales are such majestic and mysterious creatures and I thought it would be a fascinating read. Unfortunately, no. Spying on Whales was actually quite dull and boring. How is that even possible for a book on WHALES ?? This ...

    I've always had a fascination with whales, dolphins and other mammals that live in the sea. I think maybe it's because they are so like us, and yet so different at the same time. When I saw this book written by a Smithsonian paleontologist, I knew I had to read all about the past, pres...

    When I think about whales, I get excited. What amazing, majestic HUGE creatures! They hold a very symbolic meaning for me and so I couldn't wait to get this book. The book itself is still fascinating but exciting? Not so much. Written by a scientist, it reads a bit like a science book....

    First-rate popular-science book, the best I?ve read in 2018. Highly recommended, if you are interested in whales, marine biology and/or paleontology. If, like me, you like all three ? don?t miss! 4.5 stars. The author, a paleontologist, is Curator of Marine Mammal Fossils at t...

    13th book for 2019. One of my jobs as a scientific journal editor was to commission review articles on topics of general interest from leading scientists in the field. A surprising number of reviews were unusable because the author decided to base the entire "review" around their ow...

    I think having read "The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs" right before reading this really soured this one for me - there was more paleontology in this book than there was in the dino book. ...

    4 stars - It was great. I loved it. Did you know that whales used to walk on land before returning to the water? Oh the rabbit holes this book led me down?.googled until my googler was sore. Easy to read (not dry at all) with fascinating tidbits. I love that the author makes y...

    Reviewed for The Bibliophibian. Pyenson is clearly obsessed with whales ? with the idea of them, with studying them, with understanding them and sharing that understanding. In this volume, he does his best to share all those things: his enthusiasm for whales as much as his academi...

    I wanted very much to enjoy this book, but it was dry and poorly focused. The emphasis was on personal experiences and the paleontology/taxonomy, without strongly addressing the compelling questions in the jacket blurb. Although there are some illustrations, they are overly simplistic ...

    This book was more than I imagined it would be. I've read plenty of books about whales (and loved pretty much all of them). But I've never read a book about whale fossils, which is largely what this book is about. Pyenson is a paleontologist and curator of fossil marine mammals for...

    With a glut of science books focused on humans? curiosity with the animal world, I am in awe. The ocean is just one big ball is amazingness that has yet to really be explored because it tests our limits, so it wasn?t hard to read this book when a Smithsonian scientist wanted to tal...

    2.5 stars. How can a book about whales be boring? Well, this guy manages it quite well. I feel like the book I listened to is not the book advertised in the blurb. There's way too much background about the author. I don't care about him. I just wanted to learn about whales. The subject...

    This was a good solid book on both paleontology and the evolution of whales. Often dinosaurs steal the show as far as this subject goes, but we sometimes forget that there are other interesting stories out there. There are a lot of good interesting little tidbits about other animals th...

    Maybe a 3.5, but this book teetered between more exciting descriptions of expeditions the author had been on to sections which were pretty dry and academic. If you are interested in whales, especially Orca, read Carl Safina's books. His intensity and beautiful writing made this boo...

    SPYING ON WHALES: Teaching the Heart of Science http://fangswandsandfairydust.com/201... The author and whale paleobiologist provides a fascinating look at the when and what of his work. I voluntarily reviewed an advance readers copy of this book. No remuneration was exchanged and...

    Won this book in a Goodreads giveaway from Viking books. This is a relatively quick, easy read packed with scientific data and anecdotes. Author is a paleontologist and rightfully includes his expertise to help explain the natural history of whales and highlight many of the questions s...

    I really struggled with this one, it was incredibly dry and I found myself drifting off constantly. It may be the fact that it was the audio version I listened to and I would have enjoyed it more in written form but I listen to audio all the time without an issue. There was some intere...

    I liked it. I like whales and I felt like I learned some about their evolution, habits and and the effects of whaling and climate change on their chances for survival. Nick Pension intentionally wrote in a style any layperson can understand. The author shares his personal experiences i...

    Fascinating, easy read about these majestic animals. I found the evolutionary history and the author?s guesses as to where the different species of whales may lead to be the most interesting aspects of the book. Worth the read. ...

    Fascinating, comprehensive & fun. The paleontology angle was new to me and added depth (pun intended ;-)) to the subject. The bit on dissecting whales at a whaling station in Iceland was especially fascinating! ...

    DNF. Very interesting, but I need to be in a different state of mind to read it. Hopefully I can finish it in the future. ...

    This book was very dry in places and I found the writing a bit scattered going from one thing to another. I wish it had been a little more linear. ...

    I finished reading ?Spying on Whales? by Nick Pyeson. I found it to be an informative book on everything whales. I learned quite a few new things about whales. Beautiful animals! ...

    This book is SO good! I have always been interested in whales and paleontologist Nick Pyenson definitely has a deep and abiding love for them that comes through in this book. He divides the book into three sections?past, present, and future?and writes eloquently about whales. Ancie...

    Since i was little I always was so intrigued about whales. This book lived up to what I was expecting and I learned quite a fee new things. ...

    http://www.themaineedge.com/tekk/spyi... Writing about science in a manner that is entertaining and accessible while also conveying the desired information with clarity and concision ? not an easy task by any means. Finding the proper balance of wonky jargon and narrative engageme...

    This was very encyclopedia-ish and full of really fascinating information. I was hoping for more of a narrative but still incredibly readable for this genre. ...

    Lots of information about whale evolution, although it was a little dry for my taste. I was hoping to learn more about behaviors and family structure so I had expectations going into this book which probably colored my experience a bit. I definitely walked away with some new informatio...

    Be aware that the book is mostly interested in facets of whale biology and fossilized whale bones. Vignettes and anecdotes about discovering whale fossils etc. fill out the tract. There is time given to discussing the process of tagging whales, how whales evolved to meet various differ...