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I loved this book It s basically the life story of Alexandra Morton, how she came to be a killer whale orca researcher, the difficult life of living in the wild on the British Columbia coast, and the environmental concerns as fish farms and forestry services began to invade the area Really this book is so much than just about whale research Reading this inspired me in a different kind of way than when reading Jane Goodall s books because different environmental nightmares are brought to light here I learned so much from this book much being about the horrors of fish farming in the archipeligo, and how it has done so much damage to the local fish, coastline, seals, whales, and I already knew it was better to buy wild caught salmon and other fish, but reading about the fish farms makes me want to NEVER eat farm raised salmon, EVER And what s scary is the fact that so often, we aren t sure where our food is coming from I would recommend this book to anyone who loves wildlife and or cares at all about our impact on the environment. (((FREE DOWNLOAD))) ⇲ Listening to Whales: What the Orcas Have Taught Us ☞ In Listening To Whales, Alexandra Morton Shares Spellbinding Stories About Her Career In Whale And Dolphin Research And What She Has Learned From And About These Magnificent Mammals In The Late S, While Working At Marineland In California, Alexandra Pioneered The Recording Of Orca Sounds By Dropping A Hydrophone Into The Tank Of Two Killer Whales She Recorded The Varied Language Of Mating, Childbirth, And Even Grief After The Birth Of A Stillborn Calf At The Same Time She Made The Startling Observation That The Whales Were Inventing Wonderful Synchronized Movements, A Behavior That Was Soon Recognized As A Defining Characteristic Of Orca Society In , Alexandra Moved To A Remote Bay In British Columbia To Continue Her Research With Wild Orcas Her Recordings Of The Whales Have Led Her To A Deeper Understanding Of The Mystery Of Whale Echolocation, The Vocal Communication That Enables The Mammals To Find Their Way In The Dark Sea A Fascinating Study Of The Profound Communion Between Humans And Whales, This Book Will Open Your Eyes Anew To The Wonders Of The Natural World Fascinating and must know history, science, and environmental issues, but with a focus on animals It is also, incidentally, an engrossing memoir with such a shocking event in the author s life that I had to stop reading to absorb it Chapters 19 and 20, in particular, are MUST READS Everybody in this country, without exception, should carefully read and ponder these two chapters they contain crucial information about salmon that everybody must be made aware of as soon as possible. Okay Whales might be the neatest thing on the face of the earth And I might have to abandon my life to go watch them play in Blackfish Sound or Echo Bay or wherever they may wander The books that led me to orcas were all about SeaWorld and the inhumanity of captivity Listening to Whales supports the anti captivity argument by showing us what orca lives should look like who orcas are without trainers and tanks and years of mindless, psychosis inducing imprisonment My first and only sufficient response to wild orca life is WOW These creatures are unreal They have their own languages, they can use echolocation to tell how fast your heart is beating and whether or not your belly is full, they choreograph elaborate dance routines just for the hell of it, rescue drowning dogs, and create family bonds that put the Osmonds to shame Learning about the natural lives of orcas and other cetaceans really puts the SeaWorld debate into perspective it highlights the stark contrast between the spiritless confinement of captivity and the sensible, soulful brilliance of Mother Nature There are no collapsed dorsal fins or stress induced stomach ulcers in the wild There is no infighting or inbreeding Mother orcas don t reject or unintentionally neglect their babies in nature because their own mothers and grandmothers are around to teach and support Miles and miles of ocean function as playground, classroom, kitchen, and boudoir Death and grief still happen, of course, but they happen in a way that harmonizes with the world around them You know, all that Circle of Life mumbo jumbo as I always remind my clients there s truth to be found in the fluffy, cliche bullshit But not only do we watch the orcas play in this book, Morton ups the ante with cool news about dolphins and humpback whales and the impact of salmon farms on delicate ecosystems Not a good kind of impact, in case you re wondering This book is filled with fun and not so fun facts about oceans and the lives within them, and embodies the memoir esque narration that makes complex information so wonderfully accessible.So go read about whales Listening to Whales what the Orcas have taught us by Alexandra Morton, Ballantine Books 2002I picked this book up because I m a bit of a dolphin and whale geek, and because I d seen the documentary, Black Fish, a few months previously and wanted to learn about Orcas, but reading this book was like opening a treasure chest full of surprises.Morton s writing style is warm and friendly and easy to understand She weaves her life story seamlessly into the text, so because her life s work has been studying dolphins and whales.Early in her career Morton had a chance to work with early dolphin communication researcher, John Lilly She also had a chance to study dolphin communication at Marineland, which led her to study Marineland s two resident orca, Corky and Orky The poignant story of the female orca, Corky, falling pregnant at least three times, but none of her calves surviving due to the configuration of their tank, eventually led Morton to study orca in the wild and find Corky s family pod in the bays and inlets of British Columbia She eventually moved there permanently so she could continue to study the language of the different pods of whales in the area Through this book I learned that there are two forms of orca in the area the resident pods, family groups comprising generations and led by matriarchs, who have a diet of fish, and transients orcas that roam the seas in smaller groups and eat other mammals I was saddened to read that at one time there were resident non migrating humpback whales around British Columbia, and possibly other areas in the world that have all now been hunted to extinction As the differences between transient and resident orcas is so vast, one wonders what we lost in never being able to study and compare migratory and resident humpbacks I was surprised when the narrative drifted away from orcas and on to wild salmon and salmon farms that sprung up in the area When I visited Alaska in 2006 to see whales I didn t understand the sentiment mostly observed through bumper stickers and graffiti that fish farming was wrong and the industry should be banned Courtesy of Listening to Whales I now understand the fuller story how the by products of fish farms pollute the local waters, how escapees can either mate with or drive out the local fish stock, or spread disease, and how acoustic deterrents used by fish farms to keep marauding seals away from their stock disrupted the whole eco system The whales left the area, and only returned many years later The author is also an accomplished artist, and I enjoyed her renditions of whales and other sealife dotted through the book The photos were also very informative and a good compliment to the text.While Alexandra Morton doesn t overstate the case, she does leave you wondering what we re doing to this planet An excellent read that I d recommend to anyone. Currently re reading this book, partly because, well, I want to, and partly because I have an English project and it has to be on something nonfiction.I remember why I love this memoir It s scientific nonfiction written with a novelist s flair Morton has talent Course, her descriptions of incredibly difficult fieldwork make me wonder if I ll ever be up to doing the same kind of research because marine mammal communication is what I want to study but at the same time, her obvious reverence for the animals she studies and their world is infectious.If my parents don t let me take the family copy when I go off to college, I ll be very sad This book needs to be read on a rocky Pacific Northwest coast on a misty morning, and I suffer from an unfortunate lack of ocean at my current location After second re read All I need to add to this is if you ve ever eaten salmon and you re not sure where it came from if you re ever going to eat salmon if you re ever going to buy salmon even for the consumption of someone else you need to read this book You ll watch your fish sources very carefully afterwards I promise. I started reading this book as something to fill my time, a book I could read a bit to go to sleep quickly But Alexandra Morton s adventures and experiences with the whales ended up keeping me up half the night trying to finish the book Even though it starts off as a biography, I was quickly swept into the world of underwater animals dolphins, porpoises, whales, salmon, seals The sights and sounds that she describe are thrilling, and in entering her world, we re confronted with questions about intelligence, awareness, and what it means to have consciousness Alexandra s love of the ocean is infectious, and after reading this book, I really can t wait to make a trip to British Columbia and visit the pods that she talked about in a safe, respectful way, ofcourse Highly recommended reading for anyone interested in marine life, and the impact humans have on it. This is a beautiful book full of ups and downs and moments that are chilling at times and magnificent at other times or both Alexandra Morton s memior is unique and revealing of the earlier days of both captivity of orcas and dolphins, notably Orky Corky, and of the early days in orca research Then came salmon farms and everything changed If you follow Alexandra Morton beyond the pages of this book you will find her as a salmon warrior lobbying the Canadian government against salmon farms The start of salmon farming and its destructiveness on wildlife on BC s coast is detailed in her book This is such a wonderful book, it had me crying at times and it gave me much insider knowledge I have nothing but respect for both her and the orca whales I read this in the fall and its still very much on my mind. Amazing book Orcas are fascinating animals and can really teach us a thing or two Such an inspiring and terrifying tale, the Orcas are resilient but we are truly doing our best to kill them The last few chapters should be required reading for everyone on the planet The harm that salmon farms are doing is disturbing I have sworn off farm raised salmon for quite awhile now, but after this I can GUARANTEE I will never eat it again It is diseased and disgusting and destroying the natural populations and everything else dependent on them We re killing our oceans Many don t think that s their problembut it is Without a healthy ocean ecosystem we are looking at our own extinction Open your eyes people And by people I mean big corporations and government even than the publicbut the public needs to wake up too. Excellent A thoughtful account with a good mixture of heart and humility that makes for a fascinating story The author introduces the reader to an unfamiliar species in an unfamiliar environment that has evolved to a place at the top of world s oceans Highly recommended.My only gibe is that Morton refers to Gulls of which there are many species as Seagulls of which there are None Could it be like me referring to her orcas as fish I guess that s just the Birder in me.