Nature Gerard Gormley Orcas of the Gulf

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Orcas of the Gulf

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9780888946928: Orcas of the Gulf

Describes the life of an orca pod as they migrate, hunt food, suffer the effects of pollution and raise their young

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Author bio:Gerard Gormley lives in Manchester-by-the-Sea, Massachusetts, where he studies sea life, especially cetaceans, as an avocation. His previous natural history, A Dolphin Summer, won broad critical acclaim for its artistic and scientific merit. His third nature book, about humpback whales, is in progress. Formerly a submariner and science writer, Mr. Gormley supplements his writing income by selling collectible books over the Internet.

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YA-- A wealth of information for serious students. Gormley writes of this group of cetaceans with emotional intensity and, at the same time, scientific detachment. The result is an exciting blend of narrative and natural history giving vivid, even ghastly, descriptions of the orcas as they hunt, feed, and kill; Stephen King's fiction pales in comparison. Through the well-documented text, it becomes quite apparent why the orcas, feared even by white sharks, are also known for their social behavior, their gentler side. Researchers will be pleased with the rich appendix that includes 16 pages of bibliography, plus chapter notes and a detailed list of orca sightings and strandings. Within the body of the book can be found fascinating descriptions and analyses of the orcas' communication system, their sonar system for locating food, and their cooperative hunting behavior.
- Cynthia J. Rieben, W. T. Woodson High School, Fairfax, VA
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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