Do you like stories about whales, stories that are fun or full of danger with a dose of adventure? If so you should read The Secret World of Whales by Charles Siebert.
This book was fun to read and I learned some things about whales that I didn’t know before (and some things that I did.) There were stories about sperm whales, such as how people would go on their backs and make a fire and then they would find out it was a whale. And there was a name I had seen before in it, James Bartley – he was swallowed by a sperm whale and when he came out he was bleached white and blind.
The book contains stories about whales from different countries, such as China, Africa and Alaska and even stories from books like the Bible. There were whaling stories about how people used different parts of the whale; like using baleen to make hair combs and toboggans. The book talked about whale songs and recordings that have been made of many whale species. I liked the chapter about whale encounters because I want to go whale watching someday. Chapter 9 is all about how underwater sounds harm whales. Sounds from military sonar exercises and air guns, and the sounds of ships, tankers, freighters and ocean liners all pollute the ocean with noise and interfere with the ability of whales to hunt and even migrate.
By reading The Secret World of Whales you will find out how much you want to be a part of everything you see and how much in this world you can miss. But, if you always look a little closer and help where you know you can, you can make a big difference no matter what. This amazing book will help you understand how whales feel and how much they do for us and, of course, what may happen to them. Go find this book today and read it!
Here is a resource to look at too, http://www.nrdc.org/, they helped with the book. Right now on their site you can help save some whales from a US Navy training plan. From their site:
NRDC (Natural Resources Defense Council)
NRDC is the nation’s most effective environmental action organization. NRDC uses law, science, and the support of 1.4 million members and online activists to protect the planet’s wildlife and wild places and to ensure a safe and healthy environment for all living things. NRDC’s website provides a wealth of environmental information as well as state-of-the-art online activism tools.