It was then that I heard the voice of the fin whale...It was a long, low, sonorous moan with unearthly overtones in a higher pitch..So long as I live I shall hear echoes of that haunting cry. And they will remind me that life itself--not human life--is the ultimate miracle upon this earth....Farley Mowat
This real life story dramatizes the plight of all endangered species--and stands as an urgent, eloquent plea for the sanctity of life on this planet.
Great read, Mowat was banned from the US for his views on endangered species and not many people knew it. He writes a very powerful story about man's injustice and cruelty towards the animals we inhabit this earth with.
The first 100 pages of this book are pretty much a history of Newfoundland and a history of whaling. The stage thus set, we then move into Mowat's account of what happened when a 70-foot Fin Whale became trapped in a small cove near his tiny Newfoundland town. All together it makes for an amazing, although in no way uplifting, tale, which is really a plea for help for the "whale nation." Written in the early 70's this book is now nearly 40 years out of date, and the information the author provides makes it seem that there must not be any rorquals left in the world today. After finishing this book I immediately went to Wikipedia to assure myself that there are still whales swimming our oceans.