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Troubled Waters explores the fate of whales and dolphins and how that fate became intertwined with human history. The story begins more than 1,000 years ago when hunters first took up harpoons and went to sea in search of the rich rewards of meat, oil and whalebone. The book charts a course through the whaling boom of the 18th and 19th centuries, the tragic implications of commercial fishing and noise pollution, the controversial keeping of dolphins and whales in captivity, and the current row over Japanese whaling—all within the context of the human, social, cultural and political developments that have shaped the lives of these creatures.
Deeply interesting and refreshing. —The Guardian
This is a really intelligent and well-researched little book. It is a surprisingly good read, too, given the complexity and seriousness of its subject...the more people who read this delightful and thought provoking book, the better. —BBC Wildlife Magazine
Calmly presented and honest account of mankind's interaction with these most beautiful creatures. —The Ecologist Magazine
About the Author
Sarah Lazarus is a science and natural history writer who has written extensively for London’s Natural History Museum and Science Museum. She is an Honorary Fellow at the University of Melbourne.
5-¼ x 8-¼; 215 pages; illustrated (b&w and color)