Lloyd Abbey The Last Whales

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The Last Whales

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A mature male blue whale, weakened by parasites and mercury poisoning, searches for his mate and surviving calf, while remembering the events of his life

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What happens when man so warps nature that following inherent animal instincts leads to extinction? Abbey answers in extravagant yet clear prose that evokes the precarious miracle of mammalian sea life. A female Southern Blue Whale, in heat for the first time, contacts an ailing male Northern Blue Whale (accompanied by four dolphins newly released from captivity) searching for his missing mate and child. They also encounter an ancient female Fin Whale who has survived by ignoring the urge to migrate and herd, at the cost of excruciating loneliness. The first of these creatures to die prematurely is the one dolphin taught to use weapons. Other strategies also fail against menaces that damage even the survivors: chemicals, rips in the ozone layer and radiation released into the atmosphere. Victory after victory culminates in a defeat that suggests the possibility of other victories and defeats beyond the end of this never-preachy allegory, which reads like a gripping and relentless adventure, not a sermon.
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Beneath shadowy fathoms the Northern Blue whale sounds a lonely call. In his time he has known many things: the sweet taste of red krill and the bitter taste of poisons unseen; the gentle touch of the fisher and the cruel hand of the Icelandic harpooneer. In a tale timeless as the ebb and flow of the tide, the Northern Blue bull meets a Southern Blue cow. The whales mate in a world in the throes of warday's white winter, and generations later their descendants know the radiant warmth of a dying ocean. In prose lyrical as Richard Bach's Jonathan Livingston Seagull , the last Blue whale "signalled constantly, alert for the call he knew would come." Read The Last Whales , lest the sonorous rumble quietens and the rare beauty of whalesong becomes an elegiac echo.
- Mikey Scott, Torrey Pines H.S., Del Mar, Cal.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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