Among Giants A Life With Whales by Charles Flip Nicklin University of Chicago Press 2011 5995 is a breathtakingly orgeous volume of photographs of whales The book offers accompanying essays by leading whale researchers and contains some fascinating information I was particularly intrigued by the author s observation that humpback whales which are the leading stars of whale viewing excursions in Hawaii have never historically been observed in large numbers near Hawaii The author tells us that 10000 humpbacks pass through the Hawaiian Islands each winter season p155 One uestion that especially intrigues me is exactly when humpbacks started coming to Hawaii and why In artwork and oral histories of ancient Hawaiians there is no record of humpback whales being there and there is no evidence that humpbacks were there in large numbers in the mid 1800 s during the heyday of whaling The whalers who provisioned in Hawaii in the winter couldn t have overlooked the num. It all started in 1965 with a Red November: Inside the Secret U.S.-Soviet Submarine War guy riding a whale Theuy was Flip Nicklin’s father Chuck and the whale was an unlucky Bryde’s Whale that had otten caught up in some anchor line Hoping to free the whale Chuck and some friends took their boat as near as they could and just before they cut it loose Chuck posed astride it for a photo That image carried on wire services nationwide became a sensation and ultimately changed the life of Chuck’s young son Flip In the decades since that day Flip Nicklin has made himself into the world’s premier cetacean photographer It’s no exaggeration to say that his photos published in such venues as National Geographic and distributed worldwide have virtually defined these raceful powerful creatures in the mind of the eneral public eve.
Ory I was happy to be proven wrong he comes across as a humble helper and observer of whale research and behaviour He has iven his life to witnessing the magnificent beasts in a time when people have made amazing developments in their ability to observe whales in their own habitat No longer looking at whales from the deck of a whaling boat in Nicklin s lifetime better diving euipment photographic technology and underwater sound recordings all changed the way humans see whales Fascinating stories and of course beautiful photos This is an amazing book with beautiful photos of whales who I just recently came to appreciate after seeing them up close It s well written about and by a photographer who s able to capture all those amazing photos I would recommend this book highly While definitely a beautiful coffee table book the pictures are mesmerizing I enjoyed the narrative and actually read the whole thingsomething I don t normally do with these types of books. S well as the evolution of underwater photography and the stunning clarity and drama that can be captured when a determined daring diver is behind the lens Humpbacks narwhals sperm whales orcas these and countless other A Writer's Reference with Writing about Literature with 2009 MLA and 2010 APA Updates giants of the ocean parade through these pages spouting breaching singing and raising their young Nicklin’s photographs bring us so completely into the underwater world of whales that we can’t help but feel awe while winning personal accounts of his adventures remind us of what it’s like to be a lone diver sharing their sea For anyone who has marveled at the majesty of whales in the wild Among Giants isuaranteed to be inspiring even moving its unmatched images of these lorious beings an inescapable reminder of our responsibility as stewards of the oce.
Bers of whales that are in Hawaii now We really don t know what happened but everything points to a recent colonization of humpbacks p162 Fascinating My rating 710 finished 21513 Absolutely beautiful I rew up reading the National Geographic The stories that were about the ocean were always my favorites and were pored overFlip Nicklin is a name that is very familiar to me from that It was reat to see the stories behind so many of the famous pictures as well as enjoy many that were new to mePlus Christopher Moore recommend this as being the real life inspiration for Fluke Or I Know Why the Winged Whale Sings This is a beautiful look at Nicklin s photography of cetaceans The essays by researchers and others he s worked with lend a simple structure to the book and Nicklin I LOVED this book I think any whale lover will be captivated by the beautiful pictures and interesting text With a name like Flip I have to admit I didn t have high hopes for this man s st. N as they helped open new round in the field of marine mammalogy Among Giants tells the story of Nicklin’s life and career on the high seas from his first ill euipped shoots in the mid 1970s through his long association with the National Geographic Society to the present when he is one of the founders of Whale Trust a nonprofit conservation and research roup Nicklin is eual parts photographer adventurer self trained scientist and raconteur and Among Giants reflects all those sides matching breathtaking images to firsthand accounts of their making and highlighting throughout the importance of conservation and new advances in our understanding of whale behavior With Nicklin as our uide we see not just whales but also our slowly rowing understanding of their hidden lives