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The Breath of a Whale: The Science and Spirit of Pacific Ocean Giants by [Leigh Calvez]
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Named a 2019 "Best Book About the Environment" by Chicago Review of Books

"The Breath of a Whale is as intimate and spirited as its title. This splendid book offers us the whale watch most of us can only dream of: We get close-up and personal with wild giants, in the company of an expert who feels like a good friend. Because these whales' individual dramas are so entwined with those of their observer, the insights in these pages are riveting and deeply inspiring. Leigh Calvez offers not only hope for saving these endangered leviathans, but also for saving ourselves." 
—Sy Montgomery, author of Journey of the Pink Dolphins and The Soul of an Octopus

"Calvez's semi-autobiographical account of several close encounters with whales and dolphins, as well as with the researchers who dedicate their lives to the study of marine mammals, is unabashed in calling for the conservation of whales and protection of their environment. It does so with personality, sensitivity, and clear love for cetaceans."
—ForeWord Reviews

"Leigh Calvez writes well-researched, thoroughly beautiful books that illuminate the lives of animals without stripping them of their essential mystery [...] With The Breath of a Whale, she's going back to her roots as an aquatic ecotour guide, which explains why the book reads like the literary accompaniment to a very excellent whale-watching excursion."
—The Stranger

"Some of the most striking sections in [The Breath of a Whale] stem from Calvez's remarkable ability to humanize scientific research itself...Though she does a good job explaining the nuts and bolts of cetacean research, equally interesting are the scenes where Calvez shows the connection between whale and human emotions...the book’s main success is connecting Calvez's audience to a magnificent creature that so many of us rarely, if ever, see."
—Massive Science

"Researchers can spend years finding and studying whales, orcas, and dolphins in the open ocean. The Breath of a Whale, a new book from naturalist Leigh Calvez, tells the story of these magnificent mammals and the challenges they face from human impacts, including climate change."
—Oregon Public Broadcasting

About the Author

Leigh Calvez has worked with whales and dolphins as a scientist, naturalist, and nature writer. As a scientist, she was Research Director for the Ocean Mammal Institute on such projects as the effect of vessel traffic on endangered humpback whales off Maui, Hawaii. She also led the only independent research team observing the U.S. Navy's testing of Low Frequency Active Sonar on humpback whales in their nurseries in Hawaii in 1998. As a naturalist, Leigh has worked on whale watch boats in Massachusetts watching humpback and finback whales on the feeding grounds of Stellwagen Bank, in Hawaii on the breeding grounds of the humpback whale, and in the San Juan Islands of Washington State, watching pods of orca whales. She has also led extended whale watching journeys to New Zealand, British Columbia, and the Azores Islands off Portugal.

Karen White is the New York Times bestselling author of more than twenty novels, including the Tradd Street series, The Night the Lights Went Out, Flight Patterns, The Sound of Glass, A Long Time Gone, and The Time Between. She is the coauthor of The Forgotten Room with New York Times bestselling authors Beatriz Williams and Lauren Willig. She grew up in London but now lives with her husband and two children near Atlanta, Georgia.
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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B07D23361T
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Sasquatch Books (February 26, 2019)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ February 26, 2019
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 2901 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 239 pages
  • Lending ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
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Leigh Calvez has worked with whales and dolphins as a scientist, naturalist and nature writer. As a scientist, she worked as Research Director for the Ocean Mammal Institute on such projects as the effect of vessel traffic on endangered humpback whales off Maui, Hawaii and the effects of human interaction on the Hawaiian Spinner Dolphin in their resting bays on the Big Island of Hawaii. She also led the only independent research team observing the US Navy’s testing of Low Frequency Active Sonar (LFA) on humpback whales in their nurseries in Hawaii in 1998.

As a naturalist, Leigh has worked on whale watch boats in Massachusetts watching humpback and finback whales on the feeding grounds of Stellwagen Bank, in Hawaii on the breeding grounds of the humpback whale and in the San Juan Islands of Washington State, watching pods of orca whales. She has also led extended whale watching journeys to New Zealand, British Columbia and the Azores Islands off Portugal.

Her interest in the natural world led her to nature writing. Leigh wrote about her adventures in the Great Bear Rainforest in British Columbia, and the story was published in American Nature Writing: 2003 by Fulcrum Books. Her writing about her work with dolphins was published in an anthology for Sierra Club Books entitled Between Species: Celebrating the Dolphin-Human Bond. Her work has also been published in The Ecologist, Ocean Realm, The Christian Science Monitor, the Seattle Times, and the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. She currently writes for Bainbridge Island Magazine.

In 2013 she published her first book entitled Whale Watching on the West Coast: Stories of Blue Whales, Gray Whales, Humpbacks and Orcas, a book by Prospective Guides. Her latest book, The Hidden Lives of Owls: The Science and Spirit of Nature’s Most Elusive Birds, by Sasquatch Books is forthcoming in August 2016.

She teaches private writing classes and lives near Seattle, Washington, with her daughter Ellie and their two cats.

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I am so glad I read this book. I recommend it to anyone pondering their connections to the wilds of the world. Her personal story coincided with an awareness and sensitivity for all of life. Easy read - I would suggest it for young adults as well. Touched my heart and satisfied my curiosity.
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