In the Wake of the Whale Author:John A. Barbour The Blue Whale, the largest creature still alive on earth, is on the brink of extinction. Once cavorting in countless number in the Antarctic waters, the Blue whale is rarely sighted their--or anywhere--now. The principal reason for this is the wholesale plunder of the herds by commercial hunters. Because of the profits to be gained by oil fo... more »r lamps, whalebone for corsets, ambergris for perfumes, flesh for fertilizer, man has worked his way through species after species of whale. Only the porpoises, dolphins, and killer whales themselves pray on other wales. The author's outrage at ineffectual laws and weak attempts to conserve the whale make this amoving and poignant book.
The book also provides an account of the evolution of the whale (and its cousins the dolphins and porpoises) and the life cycles, habits, and intelligence patterns of twelve species of whale. A history of whaling from the days of the primitive spear to today's electroshock harpoon and its effect on the herds is also included.
Readers will be enthralled by this biography of the larges creature on earth, the Blue whale, and saddened by what may be prophetic obituaries of the several species of whale that are being killed off by man's greed.« less