Spying on Whales: The Past, Present, and Future of Earth's Most Awesome Creatures

Spying on Whales: The Past, Present, and Future of Earth's Most Awesome Creatures

The Smithsonian's star paleontologist takes us to the ends of the earth and to the cutting edge of whale research Whales are among the largest, most intelligent, deepest diving species to have ever lived on our planet. They evolved from land-roaming, dog-like creatures into animals that move like fish, breathe like us, can grow to 300,000 pounds, live 200 years and roam ent The Smithsonian's star paleontologist takes us to the ends of the earth and to the cutting edge of whale research ...

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Title:Spying on Whales: The Past, Present, and Future of Earth's Most Awesome Creatures
Author:Nick Pyenson
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:0735224560
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:336 pages pages

Spying on Whales: The Past, Present, and Future of Earth's Most Awesome Creatures Reviews

  • Awallens
    Sep 18, 2018

    Spying on Whales is a beautifully written introduction to the immersive world of whales. From their ancestry to their future, the beauty and evolution of these magnificent creatures as well as their adaptability, influence and importance to their and other ecosystems is explored in eas...

    I've always had a fascination with whales, dolphins and other mammals that live in the sea. I think maybe it's because they are so like us, and yet so different at the same time. When I saw this book written by a Smithsonian paleontologist, I knew I had to read all about the past, pres...

    When I think about whales, I get excited. What amazing, majestic HUGE creatures! They hold a very symbolic meaning for me and so I couldn't wait to get this book. The book itself is still fascinating but exciting? Not so much. Written by a scientist, it reads a bit like a science book....

    First-rate popular-science book, may be the best I?ve read this year. Highly recommended, if you are interested in whales, marine biology and/or paleontology. If, like me, you like all three ? don?t miss! 4.5 stars. The author, a paleontologist, is Curator of Marine Mammal Fos...

    4 stars - It was great. I loved it. Did you know that whales used to walk on land before returning to the water? Oh the rabbit holes this book led me down?.googled until my googler was sore. Easy to read (not dry at all) with fascinating tidbits. I love that the author makes y...

    I think having read "The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs" right before reading this really soured this one for me - there was more paleontology in this book than there was in the dino book. ...

    SPYING ON WHALES: Teaching the Heart of Science http://fangswandsandfairydust.com/201... The author and whale paleobiologist provides a fascinating look at the when and what of his work. I voluntarily reviewed an advance readers copy of this book. No remuneration was exchanged and...

    Won this book in a Goodreads giveaway from Viking books. This is a relatively quick, easy read packed with scientific data and anecdotes. Author is a paleontologist and rightfully includes his expertise to help explain the natural history of whales and highlight many of the questions s...

    I liked it. I like whales and I felt like I learned some about their evolution, habits and and the effects of whaling and climate change on their chances for survival. Nick Pension intentionally wrote in a style any layperson can understand. The author shares his personal experiences i...

    Fascinating, easy read about these majestic animals. I found the evolutionary history and the author?s guesses as to where the different species of whales may lead to be the most interesting aspects of the book. Worth the read. ...

    This book was very dry in places and I found the writing a bit scattered going from one thing to another. I wish it had been a little more linear. ...

  • Marcia
    Jul 20, 2018

    Spying on Whales is a beautifully written introduction to the immersive world of whales. From their ancestry to their future, the beauty and evolution of these magnificent creatures as well as their adaptability, influence and importance to their and other ecosystems is explored in eas...

    I've always had a fascination with whales, dolphins and other mammals that live in the sea. I think maybe it's because they are so like us, and yet so different at the same time. When I saw this book written by a Smithsonian paleontologist, I knew I had to read all about the past, pres...

    When I think about whales, I get excited. What amazing, majestic HUGE creatures! They hold a very symbolic meaning for me and so I couldn't wait to get this book. The book itself is still fascinating but exciting? Not so much. Written by a scientist, it reads a bit like a science book....

    First-rate popular-science book, may be the best I?ve read this year. Highly recommended, if you are interested in whales, marine biology and/or paleontology. If, like me, you like all three ? don?t miss! 4.5 stars. The author, a paleontologist, is Curator of Marine Mammal Fos...

    4 stars - It was great. I loved it. Did you know that whales used to walk on land before returning to the water? Oh the rabbit holes this book led me down?.googled until my googler was sore. Easy to read (not dry at all) with fascinating tidbits. I love that the author makes y...

    I think having read "The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs" right before reading this really soured this one for me - there was more paleontology in this book than there was in the dino book. ...

    SPYING ON WHALES: Teaching the Heart of Science http://fangswandsandfairydust.com/201... The author and whale paleobiologist provides a fascinating look at the when and what of his work. I voluntarily reviewed an advance readers copy of this book. No remuneration was exchanged and...

    Won this book in a Goodreads giveaway from Viking books. This is a relatively quick, easy read packed with scientific data and anecdotes. Author is a paleontologist and rightfully includes his expertise to help explain the natural history of whales and highlight many of the questions s...

    I liked it. I like whales and I felt like I learned some about their evolution, habits and and the effects of whaling and climate change on their chances for survival. Nick Pension intentionally wrote in a style any layperson can understand. The author shares his personal experiences i...

    Fascinating, easy read about these majestic animals. I found the evolutionary history and the author?s guesses as to where the different species of whales may lead to be the most interesting aspects of the book. Worth the read. ...

    This book was very dry in places and I found the writing a bit scattered going from one thing to another. I wish it had been a little more linear. ...

    I finished reading ?Spying on Whales? by Nick Pyeson. I found it to be an informative book on everything whales. I learned quite a few new things about whales. Beautiful animals! ...

    This book is SO good! I have always been interested in whales and paleontologist Nick Pyenson definitely has a deep and abiding love for them that comes through in this book. He divides the book into three sections?past, present, and future?and writes eloquently about whales. Ancie...

    Since i was little I always was so intrigued about whales. This book lived up to what I was expecting and I learned quite a fee new things. ...

    http://www.themaineedge.com/tekk/spyi... Writing about science in a manner that is entertaining and accessible while also conveying the desired information with clarity and concision ? not an easy task by any means. Finding the proper balance of wonky jargon and narrative engageme...

    Be aware that the book is mostly interested in facets of whale biology and fossilized whale bones. Vignettes and anecdotes about discovering whale fossils etc. fill out the tract. There is time given to discussing the process of tagging whales, how whales evolved to meet various differ...

    I received an advance reading copy of this book, for free, through Goodreads First Reads program in exchange for my honest review. As the curator of fossil marine mammals at Smithsonian, there is no denying that Nick Pyenson is an expert in his field. The research he conducted while...

    This is a good science book. It focuses on a few of the author's discoveries. For example, with collaborators, he worked on a massive whale graveyard in Chile, where dozens of rare complete skeletons were found, having been laid down in four different events?thought to be victims of ...

    First, I listened to the audio book and didn't realize that the physical book is full of drawings and diagrams. I think this book would have been easier to follow if those diagrams had been provided to audio book listeners. Second, I had a hard time with the author describing hitching ...

    3.5 stars I find whales to be one of the most majestic and mysterious species on our planet. There is so much that we don't know about them, and their culture(s). The fact that I can say 'culture' when talking about whales is fairly unique in itself. There are not many families of o...

    In Spying on Whales, Nick Pyenson takes the reader on a journey from the fossil pits of Chile to the whaling stations of Iceland to explore the past, present, and future of these mysterious marine mammals. Pyenson writes in a clear and straightforward style that makes for quick, easy r...

    If you are looking about a general book about all sorts of whales you might want to pass. Although I was disappointed that the author focused on particular whales, I appreciated the scientific insight on their evolution, what bones reveal, a different outlook on whaling, and other thin...

    One of my first favourite books was The Whale Tale, which featured Kermit the Frog and his nephew Robin saving some whales from evil (pig) whalers. I also did a few projects on whales in elementary school; I've always been a fan of the giant marine mammals. My interest in maritime and ...

    Pyenson here synthesizes a number of areas of science: evolutionary biology, marine biology, paleontology, and physiology to name a few. And what creature could inspire such a wide-ranging look into Nature's past, present, and future? It would have to be the whale. Pyenson takes ...

    Pyenson does a thorough job of exploring the ancient history of whales by going through their evolutionary changes as exemplified by fossil records. I particularly liked learning about the numerous whale bone deposits in Chile and thinking about how those bones ended up at that locatio...

    This was a GoodReads giveaway win. This was a good and educational book of whales. I learned quite a bit about whales, but I have to admit that I never really took the time beforehand to study whales. This book is written in clear and easy to understand terms. At times I thought it ...

    I saw this book listed as a Goodreads giveaway. I thought it looked interesting and I was pleasantly surprised when I got the email informing me that I was a a Giveaways winner. The copy I received was an "advance uncorrected manuscript", (hopefully the typos, were corrected before it ...

    By coincidence, my husband and I just returned from a trip to Iceland where we went on a whale watching excursion. The ecologist guide went into great detail about the whales we were able to see and supplied us with all sorts of interesting information but that was nothing compared to ...

    I won this book on Goodreads. This is a fantastic book! Sometimes, very knowledgeable people can be boring in lectures and books. NOT SO for Mr. Pyenson! He is obviously an expert in his field, but he explains whales & their behaviors to those of us who have very little scientific ...

  • Stephanie
    Sep 05, 2018

    Spying on Whales is a beautifully written introduction to the immersive world of whales. From their ancestry to their future, the beauty and evolution of these magnificent creatures as well as their adaptability, influence and importance to their and other ecosystems is explored in eas...

    I've always had a fascination with whales, dolphins and other mammals that live in the sea. I think maybe it's because they are so like us, and yet so different at the same time. When I saw this book written by a Smithsonian paleontologist, I knew I had to read all about the past, pres...

    When I think about whales, I get excited. What amazing, majestic HUGE creatures! They hold a very symbolic meaning for me and so I couldn't wait to get this book. The book itself is still fascinating but exciting? Not so much. Written by a scientist, it reads a bit like a science book....

    First-rate popular-science book, may be the best I?ve read this year. Highly recommended, if you are interested in whales, marine biology and/or paleontology. If, like me, you like all three ? don?t miss! 4.5 stars. The author, a paleontologist, is Curator of Marine Mammal Fos...

    4 stars - It was great. I loved it. Did you know that whales used to walk on land before returning to the water? Oh the rabbit holes this book led me down?.googled until my googler was sore. Easy to read (not dry at all) with fascinating tidbits. I love that the author makes y...

    I think having read "The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs" right before reading this really soured this one for me - there was more paleontology in this book than there was in the dino book. ...

    SPYING ON WHALES: Teaching the Heart of Science http://fangswandsandfairydust.com/201... The author and whale paleobiologist provides a fascinating look at the when and what of his work. I voluntarily reviewed an advance readers copy of this book. No remuneration was exchanged and...

  • Megan
    Jul 07, 2018

    Spying on Whales is a beautifully written introduction to the immersive world of whales. From their ancestry to their future, the beauty and evolution of these magnificent creatures as well as their adaptability, influence and importance to their and other ecosystems is explored in eas...

    I've always had a fascination with whales, dolphins and other mammals that live in the sea. I think maybe it's because they are so like us, and yet so different at the same time. When I saw this book written by a Smithsonian paleontologist, I knew I had to read all about the past, pres...

    When I think about whales, I get excited. What amazing, majestic HUGE creatures! They hold a very symbolic meaning for me and so I couldn't wait to get this book. The book itself is still fascinating but exciting? Not so much. Written by a scientist, it reads a bit like a science book....

    First-rate popular-science book, may be the best I?ve read this year. Highly recommended, if you are interested in whales, marine biology and/or paleontology. If, like me, you like all three ? don?t miss! 4.5 stars. The author, a paleontologist, is Curator of Marine Mammal Fos...

    4 stars - It was great. I loved it. Did you know that whales used to walk on land before returning to the water? Oh the rabbit holes this book led me down?.googled until my googler was sore. Easy to read (not dry at all) with fascinating tidbits. I love that the author makes y...

    I think having read "The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs" right before reading this really soured this one for me - there was more paleontology in this book than there was in the dino book. ...

    SPYING ON WHALES: Teaching the Heart of Science http://fangswandsandfairydust.com/201... The author and whale paleobiologist provides a fascinating look at the when and what of his work. I voluntarily reviewed an advance readers copy of this book. No remuneration was exchanged and...

    Won this book in a Goodreads giveaway from Viking books. This is a relatively quick, easy read packed with scientific data and anecdotes. Author is a paleontologist and rightfully includes his expertise to help explain the natural history of whales and highlight many of the questions s...

    I liked it. I like whales and I felt like I learned some about their evolution, habits and and the effects of whaling and climate change on their chances for survival. Nick Pension intentionally wrote in a style any layperson can understand. The author shares his personal experiences i...

    Fascinating, easy read about these majestic animals. I found the evolutionary history and the author?s guesses as to where the different species of whales may lead to be the most interesting aspects of the book. Worth the read. ...

    This book was very dry in places and I found the writing a bit scattered going from one thing to another. I wish it had been a little more linear. ...

    I finished reading ?Spying on Whales? by Nick Pyeson. I found it to be an informative book on everything whales. I learned quite a few new things about whales. Beautiful animals! ...

    This book is SO good! I have always been interested in whales and paleontologist Nick Pyenson definitely has a deep and abiding love for them that comes through in this book. He divides the book into three sections?past, present, and future?and writes eloquently about whales. Ancie...

    Since i was little I always was so intrigued about whales. This book lived up to what I was expecting and I learned quite a fee new things. ...

    http://www.themaineedge.com/tekk/spyi... Writing about science in a manner that is entertaining and accessible while also conveying the desired information with clarity and concision ? not an easy task by any means. Finding the proper balance of wonky jargon and narrative engageme...

    Be aware that the book is mostly interested in facets of whale biology and fossilized whale bones. Vignettes and anecdotes about discovering whale fossils etc. fill out the tract. There is time given to discussing the process of tagging whales, how whales evolved to meet various differ...

    I received an advance reading copy of this book, for free, through Goodreads First Reads program in exchange for my honest review. As the curator of fossil marine mammals at Smithsonian, there is no denying that Nick Pyenson is an expert in his field. The research he conducted while...

    This is a good science book. It focuses on a few of the author's discoveries. For example, with collaborators, he worked on a massive whale graveyard in Chile, where dozens of rare complete skeletons were found, having been laid down in four different events?thought to be victims of ...

    First, I listened to the audio book and didn't realize that the physical book is full of drawings and diagrams. I think this book would have been easier to follow if those diagrams had been provided to audio book listeners. Second, I had a hard time with the author describing hitching ...

    3.5 stars I find whales to be one of the most majestic and mysterious species on our planet. There is so much that we don't know about them, and their culture(s). The fact that I can say 'culture' when talking about whales is fairly unique in itself. There are not many families of o...

    In Spying on Whales, Nick Pyenson takes the reader on a journey from the fossil pits of Chile to the whaling stations of Iceland to explore the past, present, and future of these mysterious marine mammals. Pyenson writes in a clear and straightforward style that makes for quick, easy r...

    If you are looking about a general book about all sorts of whales you might want to pass. Although I was disappointed that the author focused on particular whales, I appreciated the scientific insight on their evolution, what bones reveal, a different outlook on whaling, and other thin...

    One of my first favourite books was The Whale Tale, which featured Kermit the Frog and his nephew Robin saving some whales from evil (pig) whalers. I also did a few projects on whales in elementary school; I've always been a fan of the giant marine mammals. My interest in maritime and ...

  • Cher
    Jul 25, 2018

    Spying on Whales is a beautifully written introduction to the immersive world of whales. From their ancestry to their future, the beauty and evolution of these magnificent creatures as well as their adaptability, influence and importance to their and other ecosystems is explored in eas...

    I've always had a fascination with whales, dolphins and other mammals that live in the sea. I think maybe it's because they are so like us, and yet so different at the same time. When I saw this book written by a Smithsonian paleontologist, I knew I had to read all about the past, pres...

    When I think about whales, I get excited. What amazing, majestic HUGE creatures! They hold a very symbolic meaning for me and so I couldn't wait to get this book. The book itself is still fascinating but exciting? Not so much. Written by a scientist, it reads a bit like a science book....

    First-rate popular-science book, may be the best I?ve read this year. Highly recommended, if you are interested in whales, marine biology and/or paleontology. If, like me, you like all three ? don?t miss! 4.5 stars. The author, a paleontologist, is Curator of Marine Mammal Fos...

    4 stars - It was great. I loved it. Did you know that whales used to walk on land before returning to the water? Oh the rabbit holes this book led me down?.googled until my googler was sore. Easy to read (not dry at all) with fascinating tidbits. I love that the author makes y...

  • Edward Canade
    Aug 10, 2018

    Spying on Whales is a beautifully written introduction to the immersive world of whales. From their ancestry to their future, the beauty and evolution of these magnificent creatures as well as their adaptability, influence and importance to their and other ecosystems is explored in eas...

    I've always had a fascination with whales, dolphins and other mammals that live in the sea. I think maybe it's because they are so like us, and yet so different at the same time. When I saw this book written by a Smithsonian paleontologist, I knew I had to read all about the past, pres...

    When I think about whales, I get excited. What amazing, majestic HUGE creatures! They hold a very symbolic meaning for me and so I couldn't wait to get this book. The book itself is still fascinating but exciting? Not so much. Written by a scientist, it reads a bit like a science book....

    First-rate popular-science book, may be the best I?ve read this year. Highly recommended, if you are interested in whales, marine biology and/or paleontology. If, like me, you like all three ? don?t miss! 4.5 stars. The author, a paleontologist, is Curator of Marine Mammal Fos...

    4 stars - It was great. I loved it. Did you know that whales used to walk on land before returning to the water? Oh the rabbit holes this book led me down?.googled until my googler was sore. Easy to read (not dry at all) with fascinating tidbits. I love that the author makes y...

    I think having read "The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs" right before reading this really soured this one for me - there was more paleontology in this book than there was in the dino book. ...

    SPYING ON WHALES: Teaching the Heart of Science http://fangswandsandfairydust.com/201... The author and whale paleobiologist provides a fascinating look at the when and what of his work. I voluntarily reviewed an advance readers copy of this book. No remuneration was exchanged and...

    Won this book in a Goodreads giveaway from Viking books. This is a relatively quick, easy read packed with scientific data and anecdotes. Author is a paleontologist and rightfully includes his expertise to help explain the natural history of whales and highlight many of the questions s...

    I liked it. I like whales and I felt like I learned some about their evolution, habits and and the effects of whaling and climate change on their chances for survival. Nick Pension intentionally wrote in a style any layperson can understand. The author shares his personal experiences i...

  • James (JD) Dittes
    Aug 11, 2018

    Spying on Whales is a beautifully written introduction to the immersive world of whales. From their ancestry to their future, the beauty and evolution of these magnificent creatures as well as their adaptability, influence and importance to their and other ecosystems is explored in eas...

    I've always had a fascination with whales, dolphins and other mammals that live in the sea. I think maybe it's because they are so like us, and yet so different at the same time. When I saw this book written by a Smithsonian paleontologist, I knew I had to read all about the past, pres...

    When I think about whales, I get excited. What amazing, majestic HUGE creatures! They hold a very symbolic meaning for me and so I couldn't wait to get this book. The book itself is still fascinating but exciting? Not so much. Written by a scientist, it reads a bit like a science book....

    First-rate popular-science book, may be the best I?ve read this year. Highly recommended, if you are interested in whales, marine biology and/or paleontology. If, like me, you like all three ? don?t miss! 4.5 stars. The author, a paleontologist, is Curator of Marine Mammal Fos...

    4 stars - It was great. I loved it. Did you know that whales used to walk on land before returning to the water? Oh the rabbit holes this book led me down?.googled until my googler was sore. Easy to read (not dry at all) with fascinating tidbits. I love that the author makes y...

    I think having read "The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs" right before reading this really soured this one for me - there was more paleontology in this book than there was in the dino book. ...

    SPYING ON WHALES: Teaching the Heart of Science http://fangswandsandfairydust.com/201... The author and whale paleobiologist provides a fascinating look at the when and what of his work. I voluntarily reviewed an advance readers copy of this book. No remuneration was exchanged and...

    Won this book in a Goodreads giveaway from Viking books. This is a relatively quick, easy read packed with scientific data and anecdotes. Author is a paleontologist and rightfully includes his expertise to help explain the natural history of whales and highlight many of the questions s...

    I liked it. I like whales and I felt like I learned some about their evolution, habits and and the effects of whaling and climate change on their chances for survival. Nick Pension intentionally wrote in a style any layperson can understand. The author shares his personal experiences i...

    Fascinating, easy read about these majestic animals. I found the evolutionary history and the author?s guesses as to where the different species of whales may lead to be the most interesting aspects of the book. Worth the read. ...

    This book was very dry in places and I found the writing a bit scattered going from one thing to another. I wish it had been a little more linear. ...

    I finished reading ?Spying on Whales? by Nick Pyeson. I found it to be an informative book on everything whales. I learned quite a few new things about whales. Beautiful animals! ...

    This book is SO good! I have always been interested in whales and paleontologist Nick Pyenson definitely has a deep and abiding love for them that comes through in this book. He divides the book into three sections?past, present, and future?and writes eloquently about whales. Ancie...

    Since i was little I always was so intrigued about whales. This book lived up to what I was expecting and I learned quite a fee new things. ...

    http://www.themaineedge.com/tekk/spyi... Writing about science in a manner that is entertaining and accessible while also conveying the desired information with clarity and concision ? not an easy task by any means. Finding the proper balance of wonky jargon and narrative engageme...

    Be aware that the book is mostly interested in facets of whale biology and fossilized whale bones. Vignettes and anecdotes about discovering whale fossils etc. fill out the tract. There is time given to discussing the process of tagging whales, how whales evolved to meet various differ...

    I received an advance reading copy of this book, for free, through Goodreads First Reads program in exchange for my honest review. As the curator of fossil marine mammals at Smithsonian, there is no denying that Nick Pyenson is an expert in his field. The research he conducted while...

    This is a good science book. It focuses on a few of the author's discoveries. For example, with collaborators, he worked on a massive whale graveyard in Chile, where dozens of rare complete skeletons were found, having been laid down in four different events?thought to be victims of ...

    First, I listened to the audio book and didn't realize that the physical book is full of drawings and diagrams. I think this book would have been easier to follow if those diagrams had been provided to audio book listeners. Second, I had a hard time with the author describing hitching ...

    3.5 stars I find whales to be one of the most majestic and mysterious species on our planet. There is so much that we don't know about them, and their culture(s). The fact that I can say 'culture' when talking about whales is fairly unique in itself. There are not many families of o...

    In Spying on Whales, Nick Pyenson takes the reader on a journey from the fossil pits of Chile to the whaling stations of Iceland to explore the past, present, and future of these mysterious marine mammals. Pyenson writes in a clear and straightforward style that makes for quick, easy r...

    If you are looking about a general book about all sorts of whales you might want to pass. Although I was disappointed that the author focused on particular whales, I appreciated the scientific insight on their evolution, what bones reveal, a different outlook on whaling, and other thin...

    One of my first favourite books was The Whale Tale, which featured Kermit the Frog and his nephew Robin saving some whales from evil (pig) whalers. I also did a few projects on whales in elementary school; I've always been a fan of the giant marine mammals. My interest in maritime and ...

    Pyenson here synthesizes a number of areas of science: evolutionary biology, marine biology, paleontology, and physiology to name a few. And what creature could inspire such a wide-ranging look into Nature's past, present, and future? It would have to be the whale. Pyenson takes ...

  • Ben
    Oct 13, 2018

    Spying on Whales is a beautifully written introduction to the immersive world of whales. From their ancestry to their future, the beauty and evolution of these magnificent creatures as well as their adaptability, influence and importance to their and other ecosystems is explored in eas...

    I've always had a fascination with whales, dolphins and other mammals that live in the sea. I think maybe it's because they are so like us, and yet so different at the same time. When I saw this book written by a Smithsonian paleontologist, I knew I had to read all about the past, pres...

    When I think about whales, I get excited. What amazing, majestic HUGE creatures! They hold a very symbolic meaning for me and so I couldn't wait to get this book. The book itself is still fascinating but exciting? Not so much. Written by a scientist, it reads a bit like a science book....

    First-rate popular-science book, may be the best I?ve read this year. Highly recommended, if you are interested in whales, marine biology and/or paleontology. If, like me, you like all three ? don?t miss! 4.5 stars. The author, a paleontologist, is Curator of Marine Mammal Fos...

    4 stars - It was great. I loved it. Did you know that whales used to walk on land before returning to the water? Oh the rabbit holes this book led me down?.googled until my googler was sore. Easy to read (not dry at all) with fascinating tidbits. I love that the author makes y...

    I think having read "The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs" right before reading this really soured this one for me - there was more paleontology in this book than there was in the dino book. ...

    SPYING ON WHALES: Teaching the Heart of Science http://fangswandsandfairydust.com/201... The author and whale paleobiologist provides a fascinating look at the when and what of his work. I voluntarily reviewed an advance readers copy of this book. No remuneration was exchanged and...

    Won this book in a Goodreads giveaway from Viking books. This is a relatively quick, easy read packed with scientific data and anecdotes. Author is a paleontologist and rightfully includes his expertise to help explain the natural history of whales and highlight many of the questions s...

    I liked it. I like whales and I felt like I learned some about their evolution, habits and and the effects of whaling and climate change on their chances for survival. Nick Pension intentionally wrote in a style any layperson can understand. The author shares his personal experiences i...

    Fascinating, easy read about these majestic animals. I found the evolutionary history and the author?s guesses as to where the different species of whales may lead to be the most interesting aspects of the book. Worth the read. ...

    This book was very dry in places and I found the writing a bit scattered going from one thing to another. I wish it had been a little more linear. ...

    I finished reading ?Spying on Whales? by Nick Pyeson. I found it to be an informative book on everything whales. I learned quite a few new things about whales. Beautiful animals! ...

    This book is SO good! I have always been interested in whales and paleontologist Nick Pyenson definitely has a deep and abiding love for them that comes through in this book. He divides the book into three sections?past, present, and future?and writes eloquently about whales. Ancie...

    Since i was little I always was so intrigued about whales. This book lived up to what I was expecting and I learned quite a fee new things. ...

    http://www.themaineedge.com/tekk/spyi... Writing about science in a manner that is entertaining and accessible while also conveying the desired information with clarity and concision ? not an easy task by any means. Finding the proper balance of wonky jargon and narrative engageme...

    Be aware that the book is mostly interested in facets of whale biology and fossilized whale bones. Vignettes and anecdotes about discovering whale fossils etc. fill out the tract. There is time given to discussing the process of tagging whales, how whales evolved to meet various differ...

    I received an advance reading copy of this book, for free, through Goodreads First Reads program in exchange for my honest review. As the curator of fossil marine mammals at Smithsonian, there is no denying that Nick Pyenson is an expert in his field. The research he conducted while...

    This is a good science book. It focuses on a few of the author's discoveries. For example, with collaborators, he worked on a massive whale graveyard in Chile, where dozens of rare complete skeletons were found, having been laid down in four different events?thought to be victims of ...

  • Allen Adams
    Jul 03, 2018

    Spying on Whales is a beautifully written introduction to the immersive world of whales. From their ancestry to their future, the beauty and evolution of these magnificent creatures as well as their adaptability, influence and importance to their and other ecosystems is explored in eas...

    I've always had a fascination with whales, dolphins and other mammals that live in the sea. I think maybe it's because they are so like us, and yet so different at the same time. When I saw this book written by a Smithsonian paleontologist, I knew I had to read all about the past, pres...

    When I think about whales, I get excited. What amazing, majestic HUGE creatures! They hold a very symbolic meaning for me and so I couldn't wait to get this book. The book itself is still fascinating but exciting? Not so much. Written by a scientist, it reads a bit like a science book....

    First-rate popular-science book, may be the best I?ve read this year. Highly recommended, if you are interested in whales, marine biology and/or paleontology. If, like me, you like all three ? don?t miss! 4.5 stars. The author, a paleontologist, is Curator of Marine Mammal Fos...

    4 stars - It was great. I loved it. Did you know that whales used to walk on land before returning to the water? Oh the rabbit holes this book led me down?.googled until my googler was sore. Easy to read (not dry at all) with fascinating tidbits. I love that the author makes y...

    I think having read "The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs" right before reading this really soured this one for me - there was more paleontology in this book than there was in the dino book. ...

    SPYING ON WHALES: Teaching the Heart of Science http://fangswandsandfairydust.com/201... The author and whale paleobiologist provides a fascinating look at the when and what of his work. I voluntarily reviewed an advance readers copy of this book. No remuneration was exchanged and...

    Won this book in a Goodreads giveaway from Viking books. This is a relatively quick, easy read packed with scientific data and anecdotes. Author is a paleontologist and rightfully includes his expertise to help explain the natural history of whales and highlight many of the questions s...

    I liked it. I like whales and I felt like I learned some about their evolution, habits and and the effects of whaling and climate change on their chances for survival. Nick Pension intentionally wrote in a style any layperson can understand. The author shares his personal experiences i...

    Fascinating, easy read about these majestic animals. I found the evolutionary history and the author?s guesses as to where the different species of whales may lead to be the most interesting aspects of the book. Worth the read. ...

    This book was very dry in places and I found the writing a bit scattered going from one thing to another. I wish it had been a little more linear. ...

    I finished reading ?Spying on Whales? by Nick Pyeson. I found it to be an informative book on everything whales. I learned quite a few new things about whales. Beautiful animals! ...

    This book is SO good! I have always been interested in whales and paleontologist Nick Pyenson definitely has a deep and abiding love for them that comes through in this book. He divides the book into three sections?past, present, and future?and writes eloquently about whales. Ancie...

    Since i was little I always was so intrigued about whales. This book lived up to what I was expecting and I learned quite a fee new things. ...

    http://www.themaineedge.com/tekk/spyi... Writing about science in a manner that is entertaining and accessible while also conveying the desired information with clarity and concision ? not an easy task by any means. Finding the proper balance of wonky jargon and narrative engageme...

  • Peter Tillman
    Sep 29, 2018

    Spying on Whales is a beautifully written introduction to the immersive world of whales. From their ancestry to their future, the beauty and evolution of these magnificent creatures as well as their adaptability, influence and importance to their and other ecosystems is explored in eas...

    I've always had a fascination with whales, dolphins and other mammals that live in the sea. I think maybe it's because they are so like us, and yet so different at the same time. When I saw this book written by a Smithsonian paleontologist, I knew I had to read all about the past, pres...

    When I think about whales, I get excited. What amazing, majestic HUGE creatures! They hold a very symbolic meaning for me and so I couldn't wait to get this book. The book itself is still fascinating but exciting? Not so much. Written by a scientist, it reads a bit like a science book....

    First-rate popular-science book, may be the best I?ve read this year. Highly recommended, if you are interested in whales, marine biology and/or paleontology. If, like me, you like all three ? don?t miss! 4.5 stars. The author, a paleontologist, is Curator of Marine Mammal Fos...

  • Read Ng
    Aug 06, 2018

    Spying on Whales is a beautifully written introduction to the immersive world of whales. From their ancestry to their future, the beauty and evolution of these magnificent creatures as well as their adaptability, influence and importance to their and other ecosystems is explored in eas...

    I've always had a fascination with whales, dolphins and other mammals that live in the sea. I think maybe it's because they are so like us, and yet so different at the same time. When I saw this book written by a Smithsonian paleontologist, I knew I had to read all about the past, pres...

    When I think about whales, I get excited. What amazing, majestic HUGE creatures! They hold a very symbolic meaning for me and so I couldn't wait to get this book. The book itself is still fascinating but exciting? Not so much. Written by a scientist, it reads a bit like a science book....

    First-rate popular-science book, may be the best I?ve read this year. Highly recommended, if you are interested in whales, marine biology and/or paleontology. If, like me, you like all three ? don?t miss! 4.5 stars. The author, a paleontologist, is Curator of Marine Mammal Fos...

    4 stars - It was great. I loved it. Did you know that whales used to walk on land before returning to the water? Oh the rabbit holes this book led me down?.googled until my googler was sore. Easy to read (not dry at all) with fascinating tidbits. I love that the author makes y...

    I think having read "The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs" right before reading this really soured this one for me - there was more paleontology in this book than there was in the dino book. ...

    SPYING ON WHALES: Teaching the Heart of Science http://fangswandsandfairydust.com/201... The author and whale paleobiologist provides a fascinating look at the when and what of his work. I voluntarily reviewed an advance readers copy of this book. No remuneration was exchanged and...

    Won this book in a Goodreads giveaway from Viking books. This is a relatively quick, easy read packed with scientific data and anecdotes. Author is a paleontologist and rightfully includes his expertise to help explain the natural history of whales and highlight many of the questions s...

    I liked it. I like whales and I felt like I learned some about their evolution, habits and and the effects of whaling and climate change on their chances for survival. Nick Pension intentionally wrote in a style any layperson can understand. The author shares his personal experiences i...

    Fascinating, easy read about these majestic animals. I found the evolutionary history and the author?s guesses as to where the different species of whales may lead to be the most interesting aspects of the book. Worth the read. ...

    This book was very dry in places and I found the writing a bit scattered going from one thing to another. I wish it had been a little more linear. ...

    I finished reading ?Spying on Whales? by Nick Pyeson. I found it to be an informative book on everything whales. I learned quite a few new things about whales. Beautiful animals! ...

    This book is SO good! I have always been interested in whales and paleontologist Nick Pyenson definitely has a deep and abiding love for them that comes through in this book. He divides the book into three sections?past, present, and future?and writes eloquently about whales. Ancie...

    Since i was little I always was so intrigued about whales. This book lived up to what I was expecting and I learned quite a fee new things. ...

    http://www.themaineedge.com/tekk/spyi... Writing about science in a manner that is entertaining and accessible while also conveying the desired information with clarity and concision ? not an easy task by any means. Finding the proper balance of wonky jargon and narrative engageme...

    Be aware that the book is mostly interested in facets of whale biology and fossilized whale bones. Vignettes and anecdotes about discovering whale fossils etc. fill out the tract. There is time given to discussing the process of tagging whales, how whales evolved to meet various differ...

    I received an advance reading copy of this book, for free, through Goodreads First Reads program in exchange for my honest review. As the curator of fossil marine mammals at Smithsonian, there is no denying that Nick Pyenson is an expert in his field. The research he conducted while...

    This is a good science book. It focuses on a few of the author's discoveries. For example, with collaborators, he worked on a massive whale graveyard in Chile, where dozens of rare complete skeletons were found, having been laid down in four different events?thought to be victims of ...

    First, I listened to the audio book and didn't realize that the physical book is full of drawings and diagrams. I think this book would have been easier to follow if those diagrams had been provided to audio book listeners. Second, I had a hard time with the author describing hitching ...

    3.5 stars I find whales to be one of the most majestic and mysterious species on our planet. There is so much that we don't know about them, and their culture(s). The fact that I can say 'culture' when talking about whales is fairly unique in itself. There are not many families of o...

    In Spying on Whales, Nick Pyenson takes the reader on a journey from the fossil pits of Chile to the whaling stations of Iceland to explore the past, present, and future of these mysterious marine mammals. Pyenson writes in a clear and straightforward style that makes for quick, easy r...

    If you are looking about a general book about all sorts of whales you might want to pass. Although I was disappointed that the author focused on particular whales, I appreciated the scientific insight on their evolution, what bones reveal, a different outlook on whaling, and other thin...

    One of my first favourite books was The Whale Tale, which featured Kermit the Frog and his nephew Robin saving some whales from evil (pig) whalers. I also did a few projects on whales in elementary school; I've always been a fan of the giant marine mammals. My interest in maritime and ...

    Pyenson here synthesizes a number of areas of science: evolutionary biology, marine biology, paleontology, and physiology to name a few. And what creature could inspire such a wide-ranging look into Nature's past, present, and future? It would have to be the whale. Pyenson takes ...

    Pyenson does a thorough job of exploring the ancient history of whales by going through their evolutionary changes as exemplified by fossil records. I particularly liked learning about the numerous whale bone deposits in Chile and thinking about how those bones ended up at that locatio...

    This was a GoodReads giveaway win. This was a good and educational book of whales. I learned quite a bit about whales, but I have to admit that I never really took the time beforehand to study whales. This book is written in clear and easy to understand terms. At times I thought it ...

  • Danielle
    Aug 16, 2018

    Spying on Whales is a beautifully written introduction to the immersive world of whales. From their ancestry to their future, the beauty and evolution of these magnificent creatures as well as their adaptability, influence and importance to their and other ecosystems is explored in eas...

    I've always had a fascination with whales, dolphins and other mammals that live in the sea. I think maybe it's because they are so like us, and yet so different at the same time. When I saw this book written by a Smithsonian paleontologist, I knew I had to read all about the past, pres...

    When I think about whales, I get excited. What amazing, majestic HUGE creatures! They hold a very symbolic meaning for me and so I couldn't wait to get this book. The book itself is still fascinating but exciting? Not so much. Written by a scientist, it reads a bit like a science book....

    First-rate popular-science book, may be the best I?ve read this year. Highly recommended, if you are interested in whales, marine biology and/or paleontology. If, like me, you like all three ? don?t miss! 4.5 stars. The author, a paleontologist, is Curator of Marine Mammal Fos...

    4 stars - It was great. I loved it. Did you know that whales used to walk on land before returning to the water? Oh the rabbit holes this book led me down?.googled until my googler was sore. Easy to read (not dry at all) with fascinating tidbits. I love that the author makes y...

    I think having read "The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs" right before reading this really soured this one for me - there was more paleontology in this book than there was in the dino book. ...

    SPYING ON WHALES: Teaching the Heart of Science http://fangswandsandfairydust.com/201... The author and whale paleobiologist provides a fascinating look at the when and what of his work. I voluntarily reviewed an advance readers copy of this book. No remuneration was exchanged and...

    Won this book in a Goodreads giveaway from Viking books. This is a relatively quick, easy read packed with scientific data and anecdotes. Author is a paleontologist and rightfully includes his expertise to help explain the natural history of whales and highlight many of the questions s...

    I liked it. I like whales and I felt like I learned some about their evolution, habits and and the effects of whaling and climate change on their chances for survival. Nick Pension intentionally wrote in a style any layperson can understand. The author shares his personal experiences i...

    Fascinating, easy read about these majestic animals. I found the evolutionary history and the author?s guesses as to where the different species of whales may lead to be the most interesting aspects of the book. Worth the read. ...

    This book was very dry in places and I found the writing a bit scattered going from one thing to another. I wish it had been a little more linear. ...

    I finished reading ?Spying on Whales? by Nick Pyeson. I found it to be an informative book on everything whales. I learned quite a few new things about whales. Beautiful animals! ...

    This book is SO good! I have always been interested in whales and paleontologist Nick Pyenson definitely has a deep and abiding love for them that comes through in this book. He divides the book into three sections?past, present, and future?and writes eloquently about whales. Ancie...

    Since i was little I always was so intrigued about whales. This book lived up to what I was expecting and I learned quite a fee new things. ...

    http://www.themaineedge.com/tekk/spyi... Writing about science in a manner that is entertaining and accessible while also conveying the desired information with clarity and concision ? not an easy task by any means. Finding the proper balance of wonky jargon and narrative engageme...

    Be aware that the book is mostly interested in facets of whale biology and fossilized whale bones. Vignettes and anecdotes about discovering whale fossils etc. fill out the tract. There is time given to discussing the process of tagging whales, how whales evolved to meet various differ...

    I received an advance reading copy of this book, for free, through Goodreads First Reads program in exchange for my honest review. As the curator of fossil marine mammals at Smithsonian, there is no denying that Nick Pyenson is an expert in his field. The research he conducted while...

    This is a good science book. It focuses on a few of the author's discoveries. For example, with collaborators, he worked on a massive whale graveyard in Chile, where dozens of rare complete skeletons were found, having been laid down in four different events?thought to be victims of ...

    First, I listened to the audio book and didn't realize that the physical book is full of drawings and diagrams. I think this book would have been easier to follow if those diagrams had been provided to audio book listeners. Second, I had a hard time with the author describing hitching ...

  • Caitlin
    Sep 15, 2018

    Spying on Whales is a beautifully written introduction to the immersive world of whales. From their ancestry to their future, the beauty and evolution of these magnificent creatures as well as their adaptability, influence and importance to their and other ecosystems is explored in eas...

    I've always had a fascination with whales, dolphins and other mammals that live in the sea. I think maybe it's because they are so like us, and yet so different at the same time. When I saw this book written by a Smithsonian paleontologist, I knew I had to read all about the past, pres...

    When I think about whales, I get excited. What amazing, majestic HUGE creatures! They hold a very symbolic meaning for me and so I couldn't wait to get this book. The book itself is still fascinating but exciting? Not so much. Written by a scientist, it reads a bit like a science book....

    First-rate popular-science book, may be the best I?ve read this year. Highly recommended, if you are interested in whales, marine biology and/or paleontology. If, like me, you like all three ? don?t miss! 4.5 stars. The author, a paleontologist, is Curator of Marine Mammal Fos...

    4 stars - It was great. I loved it. Did you know that whales used to walk on land before returning to the water? Oh the rabbit holes this book led me down?.googled until my googler was sore. Easy to read (not dry at all) with fascinating tidbits. I love that the author makes y...

    I think having read "The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs" right before reading this really soured this one for me - there was more paleontology in this book than there was in the dino book. ...

    SPYING ON WHALES: Teaching the Heart of Science http://fangswandsandfairydust.com/201... The author and whale paleobiologist provides a fascinating look at the when and what of his work. I voluntarily reviewed an advance readers copy of this book. No remuneration was exchanged and...

    Won this book in a Goodreads giveaway from Viking books. This is a relatively quick, easy read packed with scientific data and anecdotes. Author is a paleontologist and rightfully includes his expertise to help explain the natural history of whales and highlight many of the questions s...

    I liked it. I like whales and I felt like I learned some about their evolution, habits and and the effects of whaling and climate change on their chances for survival. Nick Pension intentionally wrote in a style any layperson can understand. The author shares his personal experiences i...

    Fascinating, easy read about these majestic animals. I found the evolutionary history and the author?s guesses as to where the different species of whales may lead to be the most interesting aspects of the book. Worth the read. ...

  • Evan
    Jul 14, 2018

    Spying on Whales is a beautifully written introduction to the immersive world of whales. From their ancestry to their future, the beauty and evolution of these magnificent creatures as well as their adaptability, influence and importance to their and other ecosystems is explored in eas...

    I've always had a fascination with whales, dolphins and other mammals that live in the sea. I think maybe it's because they are so like us, and yet so different at the same time. When I saw this book written by a Smithsonian paleontologist, I knew I had to read all about the past, pres...

    When I think about whales, I get excited. What amazing, majestic HUGE creatures! They hold a very symbolic meaning for me and so I couldn't wait to get this book. The book itself is still fascinating but exciting? Not so much. Written by a scientist, it reads a bit like a science book....

    First-rate popular-science book, may be the best I?ve read this year. Highly recommended, if you are interested in whales, marine biology and/or paleontology. If, like me, you like all three ? don?t miss! 4.5 stars. The author, a paleontologist, is Curator of Marine Mammal Fos...

    4 stars - It was great. I loved it. Did you know that whales used to walk on land before returning to the water? Oh the rabbit holes this book led me down?.googled until my googler was sore. Easy to read (not dry at all) with fascinating tidbits. I love that the author makes y...

    I think having read "The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs" right before reading this really soured this one for me - there was more paleontology in this book than there was in the dino book. ...

    SPYING ON WHALES: Teaching the Heart of Science http://fangswandsandfairydust.com/201... The author and whale paleobiologist provides a fascinating look at the when and what of his work. I voluntarily reviewed an advance readers copy of this book. No remuneration was exchanged and...

    Won this book in a Goodreads giveaway from Viking books. This is a relatively quick, easy read packed with scientific data and anecdotes. Author is a paleontologist and rightfully includes his expertise to help explain the natural history of whales and highlight many of the questions s...

    I liked it. I like whales and I felt like I learned some about their evolution, habits and and the effects of whaling and climate change on their chances for survival. Nick Pension intentionally wrote in a style any layperson can understand. The author shares his personal experiences i...

    Fascinating, easy read about these majestic animals. I found the evolutionary history and the author?s guesses as to where the different species of whales may lead to be the most interesting aspects of the book. Worth the read. ...

    This book was very dry in places and I found the writing a bit scattered going from one thing to another. I wish it had been a little more linear. ...

    I finished reading ?Spying on Whales? by Nick Pyeson. I found it to be an informative book on everything whales. I learned quite a few new things about whales. Beautiful animals! ...

    This book is SO good! I have always been interested in whales and paleontologist Nick Pyenson definitely has a deep and abiding love for them that comes through in this book. He divides the book into three sections?past, present, and future?and writes eloquently about whales. Ancie...

    Since i was little I always was so intrigued about whales. This book lived up to what I was expecting and I learned quite a fee new things. ...

    http://www.themaineedge.com/tekk/spyi... Writing about science in a manner that is entertaining and accessible while also conveying the desired information with clarity and concision ? not an easy task by any means. Finding the proper balance of wonky jargon and narrative engageme...

    Be aware that the book is mostly interested in facets of whale biology and fossilized whale bones. Vignettes and anecdotes about discovering whale fossils etc. fill out the tract. There is time given to discussing the process of tagging whales, how whales evolved to meet various differ...

    I received an advance reading copy of this book, for free, through Goodreads First Reads program in exchange for my honest review. As the curator of fossil marine mammals at Smithsonian, there is no denying that Nick Pyenson is an expert in his field. The research he conducted while...

  • Sheri S.
    Sep 05, 2018

    Spying on Whales is a beautifully written introduction to the immersive world of whales. From their ancestry to their future, the beauty and evolution of these magnificent creatures as well as their adaptability, influence and importance to their and other ecosystems is explored in eas...

    I've always had a fascination with whales, dolphins and other mammals that live in the sea. I think maybe it's because they are so like us, and yet so different at the same time. When I saw this book written by a Smithsonian paleontologist, I knew I had to read all about the past, pres...

    When I think about whales, I get excited. What amazing, majestic HUGE creatures! They hold a very symbolic meaning for me and so I couldn't wait to get this book. The book itself is still fascinating but exciting? Not so much. Written by a scientist, it reads a bit like a science book....

    First-rate popular-science book, may be the best I?ve read this year. Highly recommended, if you are interested in whales, marine biology and/or paleontology. If, like me, you like all three ? don?t miss! 4.5 stars. The author, a paleontologist, is Curator of Marine Mammal Fos...

    4 stars - It was great. I loved it. Did you know that whales used to walk on land before returning to the water? Oh the rabbit holes this book led me down?.googled until my googler was sore. Easy to read (not dry at all) with fascinating tidbits. I love that the author makes y...

    I think having read "The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs" right before reading this really soured this one for me - there was more paleontology in this book than there was in the dino book. ...

    SPYING ON WHALES: Teaching the Heart of Science http://fangswandsandfairydust.com/201... The author and whale paleobiologist provides a fascinating look at the when and what of his work. I voluntarily reviewed an advance readers copy of this book. No remuneration was exchanged and...

    Won this book in a Goodreads giveaway from Viking books. This is a relatively quick, easy read packed with scientific data and anecdotes. Author is a paleontologist and rightfully includes his expertise to help explain the natural history of whales and highlight many of the questions s...

    I liked it. I like whales and I felt like I learned some about their evolution, habits and and the effects of whaling and climate change on their chances for survival. Nick Pension intentionally wrote in a style any layperson can understand. The author shares his personal experiences i...

    Fascinating, easy read about these majestic animals. I found the evolutionary history and the author?s guesses as to where the different species of whales may lead to be the most interesting aspects of the book. Worth the read. ...

    This book was very dry in places and I found the writing a bit scattered going from one thing to another. I wish it had been a little more linear. ...

    I finished reading ?Spying on Whales? by Nick Pyeson. I found it to be an informative book on everything whales. I learned quite a few new things about whales. Beautiful animals! ...

    This book is SO good! I have always been interested in whales and paleontologist Nick Pyenson definitely has a deep and abiding love for them that comes through in this book. He divides the book into three sections?past, present, and future?and writes eloquently about whales. Ancie...

    Since i was little I always was so intrigued about whales. This book lived up to what I was expecting and I learned quite a fee new things. ...

    http://www.themaineedge.com/tekk/spyi... Writing about science in a manner that is entertaining and accessible while also conveying the desired information with clarity and concision ? not an easy task by any means. Finding the proper balance of wonky jargon and narrative engageme...

    Be aware that the book is mostly interested in facets of whale biology and fossilized whale bones. Vignettes and anecdotes about discovering whale fossils etc. fill out the tract. There is time given to discussing the process of tagging whales, how whales evolved to meet various differ...

    I received an advance reading copy of this book, for free, through Goodreads First Reads program in exchange for my honest review. As the curator of fossil marine mammals at Smithsonian, there is no denying that Nick Pyenson is an expert in his field. The research he conducted while...

    This is a good science book. It focuses on a few of the author's discoveries. For example, with collaborators, he worked on a massive whale graveyard in Chile, where dozens of rare complete skeletons were found, having been laid down in four different events?thought to be victims of ...

    First, I listened to the audio book and didn't realize that the physical book is full of drawings and diagrams. I think this book would have been easier to follow if those diagrams had been provided to audio book listeners. Second, I had a hard time with the author describing hitching ...

    3.5 stars I find whales to be one of the most majestic and mysterious species on our planet. There is so much that we don't know about them, and their culture(s). The fact that I can say 'culture' when talking about whales is fairly unique in itself. There are not many families of o...

    In Spying on Whales, Nick Pyenson takes the reader on a journey from the fossil pits of Chile to the whaling stations of Iceland to explore the past, present, and future of these mysterious marine mammals. Pyenson writes in a clear and straightforward style that makes for quick, easy r...

    If you are looking about a general book about all sorts of whales you might want to pass. Although I was disappointed that the author focused on particular whales, I appreciated the scientific insight on their evolution, what bones reveal, a different outlook on whaling, and other thin...

    One of my first favourite books was The Whale Tale, which featured Kermit the Frog and his nephew Robin saving some whales from evil (pig) whalers. I also did a few projects on whales in elementary school; I've always been a fan of the giant marine mammals. My interest in maritime and ...

    Pyenson here synthesizes a number of areas of science: evolutionary biology, marine biology, paleontology, and physiology to name a few. And what creature could inspire such a wide-ranging look into Nature's past, present, and future? It would have to be the whale. Pyenson takes ...

    Pyenson does a thorough job of exploring the ancient history of whales by going through their evolutionary changes as exemplified by fossil records. I particularly liked learning about the numerous whale bone deposits in Chile and thinking about how those bones ended up at that locatio...

  • Arthur Stewart
    Sep 09, 2018

    Spying on Whales is a beautifully written introduction to the immersive world of whales. From their ancestry to their future, the beauty and evolution of these magnificent creatures as well as their adaptability, influence and importance to their and other ecosystems is explored in eas...

    I've always had a fascination with whales, dolphins and other mammals that live in the sea. I think maybe it's because they are so like us, and yet so different at the same time. When I saw this book written by a Smithsonian paleontologist, I knew I had to read all about the past, pres...

    When I think about whales, I get excited. What amazing, majestic HUGE creatures! They hold a very symbolic meaning for me and so I couldn't wait to get this book. The book itself is still fascinating but exciting? Not so much. Written by a scientist, it reads a bit like a science book....

    First-rate popular-science book, may be the best I?ve read this year. Highly recommended, if you are interested in whales, marine biology and/or paleontology. If, like me, you like all three ? don?t miss! 4.5 stars. The author, a paleontologist, is Curator of Marine Mammal Fos...

    4 stars - It was great. I loved it. Did you know that whales used to walk on land before returning to the water? Oh the rabbit holes this book led me down?.googled until my googler was sore. Easy to read (not dry at all) with fascinating tidbits. I love that the author makes y...

    I think having read "The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs" right before reading this really soured this one for me - there was more paleontology in this book than there was in the dino book. ...

    SPYING ON WHALES: Teaching the Heart of Science http://fangswandsandfairydust.com/201... The author and whale paleobiologist provides a fascinating look at the when and what of his work. I voluntarily reviewed an advance readers copy of this book. No remuneration was exchanged and...

    Won this book in a Goodreads giveaway from Viking books. This is a relatively quick, easy read packed with scientific data and anecdotes. Author is a paleontologist and rightfully includes his expertise to help explain the natural history of whales and highlight many of the questions s...

    I liked it. I like whales and I felt like I learned some about their evolution, habits and and the effects of whaling and climate change on their chances for survival. Nick Pension intentionally wrote in a style any layperson can understand. The author shares his personal experiences i...

    Fascinating, easy read about these majestic animals. I found the evolutionary history and the author?s guesses as to where the different species of whales may lead to be the most interesting aspects of the book. Worth the read. ...

    This book was very dry in places and I found the writing a bit scattered going from one thing to another. I wish it had been a little more linear. ...

    I finished reading ?Spying on Whales? by Nick Pyeson. I found it to be an informative book on everything whales. I learned quite a few new things about whales. Beautiful animals! ...

    This book is SO good! I have always been interested in whales and paleontologist Nick Pyenson definitely has a deep and abiding love for them that comes through in this book. He divides the book into three sections?past, present, and future?and writes eloquently about whales. Ancie...

    Since i was little I always was so intrigued about whales. This book lived up to what I was expecting and I learned quite a fee new things. ...

    http://www.themaineedge.com/tekk/spyi... Writing about science in a manner that is entertaining and accessible while also conveying the desired information with clarity and concision ? not an easy task by any means. Finding the proper balance of wonky jargon and narrative engageme...

    Be aware that the book is mostly interested in facets of whale biology and fossilized whale bones. Vignettes and anecdotes about discovering whale fossils etc. fill out the tract. There is time given to discussing the process of tagging whales, how whales evolved to meet various differ...

    I received an advance reading copy of this book, for free, through Goodreads First Reads program in exchange for my honest review. As the curator of fossil marine mammals at Smithsonian, there is no denying that Nick Pyenson is an expert in his field. The research he conducted while...

    This is a good science book. It focuses on a few of the author's discoveries. For example, with collaborators, he worked on a massive whale graveyard in Chile, where dozens of rare complete skeletons were found, having been laid down in four different events?thought to be victims of ...

    First, I listened to the audio book and didn't realize that the physical book is full of drawings and diagrams. I think this book would have been easier to follow if those diagrams had been provided to audio book listeners. Second, I had a hard time with the author describing hitching ...

    3.5 stars I find whales to be one of the most majestic and mysterious species on our planet. There is so much that we don't know about them, and their culture(s). The fact that I can say 'culture' when talking about whales is fairly unique in itself. There are not many families of o...

    In Spying on Whales, Nick Pyenson takes the reader on a journey from the fossil pits of Chile to the whaling stations of Iceland to explore the past, present, and future of these mysterious marine mammals. Pyenson writes in a clear and straightforward style that makes for quick, easy r...

    If you are looking about a general book about all sorts of whales you might want to pass. Although I was disappointed that the author focused on particular whales, I appreciated the scientific insight on their evolution, what bones reveal, a different outlook on whaling, and other thin...

    One of my first favourite books was The Whale Tale, which featured Kermit the Frog and his nephew Robin saving some whales from evil (pig) whalers. I also did a few projects on whales in elementary school; I've always been a fan of the giant marine mammals. My interest in maritime and ...

    Pyenson here synthesizes a number of areas of science: evolutionary biology, marine biology, paleontology, and physiology to name a few. And what creature could inspire such a wide-ranging look into Nature's past, present, and future? It would have to be the whale. Pyenson takes ...

    Pyenson does a thorough job of exploring the ancient history of whales by going through their evolutionary changes as exemplified by fossil records. I particularly liked learning about the numerous whale bone deposits in Chile and thinking about how those bones ended up at that locatio...

    This was a GoodReads giveaway win. This was a good and educational book of whales. I learned quite a bit about whales, but I have to admit that I never really took the time beforehand to study whales. This book is written in clear and easy to understand terms. At times I thought it ...

    I saw this book listed as a Goodreads giveaway. I thought it looked interesting and I was pleasantly surprised when I got the email informing me that I was a a Giveaways winner. The copy I received was an "advance uncorrected manuscript", (hopefully the typos, were corrected before it ...

    By coincidence, my husband and I just returned from a trip to Iceland where we went on a whale watching excursion. The ecologist guide went into great detail about the whales we were able to see and supplied us with all sorts of interesting information but that was nothing compared to ...

    I won this book on Goodreads. This is a fantastic book! Sometimes, very knowledgeable people can be boring in lectures and books. NOT SO for Mr. Pyenson! He is obviously an expert in his field, but he explains whales & their behaviors to those of us who have very little scientific ...

    Dr. Nicholas Pyenson?s Spying on Whales (2018; Viking) is remarkably well-written: the book provides insights on these magnificent creatures through a delicate balance between personal experience and Deep Time evolutionary knowledge. By trade and passion a whale paleontologist and na...

  • Natalie Keating
    Jul 13, 2018

    Spying on Whales is a beautifully written introduction to the immersive world of whales. From their ancestry to their future, the beauty and evolution of these magnificent creatures as well as their adaptability, influence and importance to their and other ecosystems is explored in eas...

    I've always had a fascination with whales, dolphins and other mammals that live in the sea. I think maybe it's because they are so like us, and yet so different at the same time. When I saw this book written by a Smithsonian paleontologist, I knew I had to read all about the past, pres...

    When I think about whales, I get excited. What amazing, majestic HUGE creatures! They hold a very symbolic meaning for me and so I couldn't wait to get this book. The book itself is still fascinating but exciting? Not so much. Written by a scientist, it reads a bit like a science book....

    First-rate popular-science book, may be the best I?ve read this year. Highly recommended, if you are interested in whales, marine biology and/or paleontology. If, like me, you like all three ? don?t miss! 4.5 stars. The author, a paleontologist, is Curator of Marine Mammal Fos...

    4 stars - It was great. I loved it. Did you know that whales used to walk on land before returning to the water? Oh the rabbit holes this book led me down?.googled until my googler was sore. Easy to read (not dry at all) with fascinating tidbits. I love that the author makes y...

    I think having read "The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs" right before reading this really soured this one for me - there was more paleontology in this book than there was in the dino book. ...

    SPYING ON WHALES: Teaching the Heart of Science http://fangswandsandfairydust.com/201... The author and whale paleobiologist provides a fascinating look at the when and what of his work. I voluntarily reviewed an advance readers copy of this book. No remuneration was exchanged and...

    Won this book in a Goodreads giveaway from Viking books. This is a relatively quick, easy read packed with scientific data and anecdotes. Author is a paleontologist and rightfully includes his expertise to help explain the natural history of whales and highlight many of the questions s...

    I liked it. I like whales and I felt like I learned some about their evolution, habits and and the effects of whaling and climate change on their chances for survival. Nick Pension intentionally wrote in a style any layperson can understand. The author shares his personal experiences i...

    Fascinating, easy read about these majestic animals. I found the evolutionary history and the author?s guesses as to where the different species of whales may lead to be the most interesting aspects of the book. Worth the read. ...

    This book was very dry in places and I found the writing a bit scattered going from one thing to another. I wish it had been a little more linear. ...

    I finished reading ?Spying on Whales? by Nick Pyeson. I found it to be an informative book on everything whales. I learned quite a few new things about whales. Beautiful animals! ...

    This book is SO good! I have always been interested in whales and paleontologist Nick Pyenson definitely has a deep and abiding love for them that comes through in this book. He divides the book into three sections?past, present, and future?and writes eloquently about whales. Ancie...

  • Debbie
    Jun 02, 2018

    Spying on Whales is a beautifully written introduction to the immersive world of whales. From their ancestry to their future, the beauty and evolution of these magnificent creatures as well as their adaptability, influence and importance to their and other ecosystems is explored in eas...

    I've always had a fascination with whales, dolphins and other mammals that live in the sea. I think maybe it's because they are so like us, and yet so different at the same time. When I saw this book written by a Smithsonian paleontologist, I knew I had to read all about the past, pres...

    When I think about whales, I get excited. What amazing, majestic HUGE creatures! They hold a very symbolic meaning for me and so I couldn't wait to get this book. The book itself is still fascinating but exciting? Not so much. Written by a scientist, it reads a bit like a science book....

    First-rate popular-science book, may be the best I?ve read this year. Highly recommended, if you are interested in whales, marine biology and/or paleontology. If, like me, you like all three ? don?t miss! 4.5 stars. The author, a paleontologist, is Curator of Marine Mammal Fos...

    4 stars - It was great. I loved it. Did you know that whales used to walk on land before returning to the water? Oh the rabbit holes this book led me down?.googled until my googler was sore. Easy to read (not dry at all) with fascinating tidbits. I love that the author makes y...

    I think having read "The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs" right before reading this really soured this one for me - there was more paleontology in this book than there was in the dino book. ...

    SPYING ON WHALES: Teaching the Heart of Science http://fangswandsandfairydust.com/201... The author and whale paleobiologist provides a fascinating look at the when and what of his work. I voluntarily reviewed an advance readers copy of this book. No remuneration was exchanged and...

    Won this book in a Goodreads giveaway from Viking books. This is a relatively quick, easy read packed with scientific data and anecdotes. Author is a paleontologist and rightfully includes his expertise to help explain the natural history of whales and highlight many of the questions s...

    I liked it. I like whales and I felt like I learned some about their evolution, habits and and the effects of whaling and climate change on their chances for survival. Nick Pension intentionally wrote in a style any layperson can understand. The author shares his personal experiences i...

    Fascinating, easy read about these majestic animals. I found the evolutionary history and the author?s guesses as to where the different species of whales may lead to be the most interesting aspects of the book. Worth the read. ...

    This book was very dry in places and I found the writing a bit scattered going from one thing to another. I wish it had been a little more linear. ...

    I finished reading ?Spying on Whales? by Nick Pyeson. I found it to be an informative book on everything whales. I learned quite a few new things about whales. Beautiful animals! ...

  • Mary  Carrasco
    Aug 24, 2018

    Spying on Whales is a beautifully written introduction to the immersive world of whales. From their ancestry to their future, the beauty and evolution of these magnificent creatures as well as their adaptability, influence and importance to their and other ecosystems is explored in eas...

    I've always had a fascination with whales, dolphins and other mammals that live in the sea. I think maybe it's because they are so like us, and yet so different at the same time. When I saw this book written by a Smithsonian paleontologist, I knew I had to read all about the past, pres...

    When I think about whales, I get excited. What amazing, majestic HUGE creatures! They hold a very symbolic meaning for me and so I couldn't wait to get this book. The book itself is still fascinating but exciting? Not so much. Written by a scientist, it reads a bit like a science book....

  • Melissa McGuire
    May 30, 2018

    Spying on Whales is a beautifully written introduction to the immersive world of whales. From their ancestry to their future, the beauty and evolution of these magnificent creatures as well as their adaptability, influence and importance to their and other ecosystems is explored in eas...

    I've always had a fascination with whales, dolphins and other mammals that live in the sea. I think maybe it's because they are so like us, and yet so different at the same time. When I saw this book written by a Smithsonian paleontologist, I knew I had to read all about the past, pres...

    When I think about whales, I get excited. What amazing, majestic HUGE creatures! They hold a very symbolic meaning for me and so I couldn't wait to get this book. The book itself is still fascinating but exciting? Not so much. Written by a scientist, it reads a bit like a science book....

    First-rate popular-science book, may be the best I?ve read this year. Highly recommended, if you are interested in whales, marine biology and/or paleontology. If, like me, you like all three ? don?t miss! 4.5 stars. The author, a paleontologist, is Curator of Marine Mammal Fos...

    4 stars - It was great. I loved it. Did you know that whales used to walk on land before returning to the water? Oh the rabbit holes this book led me down?.googled until my googler was sore. Easy to read (not dry at all) with fascinating tidbits. I love that the author makes y...

    I think having read "The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs" right before reading this really soured this one for me - there was more paleontology in this book than there was in the dino book. ...

    SPYING ON WHALES: Teaching the Heart of Science http://fangswandsandfairydust.com/201... The author and whale paleobiologist provides a fascinating look at the when and what of his work. I voluntarily reviewed an advance readers copy of this book. No remuneration was exchanged and...

    Won this book in a Goodreads giveaway from Viking books. This is a relatively quick, easy read packed with scientific data and anecdotes. Author is a paleontologist and rightfully includes his expertise to help explain the natural history of whales and highlight many of the questions s...

    I liked it. I like whales and I felt like I learned some about their evolution, habits and and the effects of whaling and climate change on their chances for survival. Nick Pension intentionally wrote in a style any layperson can understand. The author shares his personal experiences i...

    Fascinating, easy read about these majestic animals. I found the evolutionary history and the author?s guesses as to where the different species of whales may lead to be the most interesting aspects of the book. Worth the read. ...

    This book was very dry in places and I found the writing a bit scattered going from one thing to another. I wish it had been a little more linear. ...

    I finished reading ?Spying on Whales? by Nick Pyeson. I found it to be an informative book on everything whales. I learned quite a few new things about whales. Beautiful animals! ...

    This book is SO good! I have always been interested in whales and paleontologist Nick Pyenson definitely has a deep and abiding love for them that comes through in this book. He divides the book into three sections?past, present, and future?and writes eloquently about whales. Ancie...

    Since i was little I always was so intrigued about whales. This book lived up to what I was expecting and I learned quite a fee new things. ...

  • Juli
    Aug 11, 2018

    Spying on Whales is a beautifully written introduction to the immersive world of whales. From their ancestry to their future, the beauty and evolution of these magnificent creatures as well as their adaptability, influence and importance to their and other ecosystems is explored in eas...

    I've always had a fascination with whales, dolphins and other mammals that live in the sea. I think maybe it's because they are so like us, and yet so different at the same time. When I saw this book written by a Smithsonian paleontologist, I knew I had to read all about the past, pres...

  • Liz
    Jul 21, 2018

    Spying on Whales is a beautifully written introduction to the immersive world of whales. From their ancestry to their future, the beauty and evolution of these magnificent creatures as well as their adaptability, influence and importance to their and other ecosystems is explored in eas...

    I've always had a fascination with whales, dolphins and other mammals that live in the sea. I think maybe it's because they are so like us, and yet so different at the same time. When I saw this book written by a Smithsonian paleontologist, I knew I had to read all about the past, pres...

    When I think about whales, I get excited. What amazing, majestic HUGE creatures! They hold a very symbolic meaning for me and so I couldn't wait to get this book. The book itself is still fascinating but exciting? Not so much. Written by a scientist, it reads a bit like a science book....

    First-rate popular-science book, may be the best I?ve read this year. Highly recommended, if you are interested in whales, marine biology and/or paleontology. If, like me, you like all three ? don?t miss! 4.5 stars. The author, a paleontologist, is Curator of Marine Mammal Fos...

    4 stars - It was great. I loved it. Did you know that whales used to walk on land before returning to the water? Oh the rabbit holes this book led me down?.googled until my googler was sore. Easy to read (not dry at all) with fascinating tidbits. I love that the author makes y...

    I think having read "The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs" right before reading this really soured this one for me - there was more paleontology in this book than there was in the dino book. ...

    SPYING ON WHALES: Teaching the Heart of Science http://fangswandsandfairydust.com/201... The author and whale paleobiologist provides a fascinating look at the when and what of his work. I voluntarily reviewed an advance readers copy of this book. No remuneration was exchanged and...

    Won this book in a Goodreads giveaway from Viking books. This is a relatively quick, easy read packed with scientific data and anecdotes. Author is a paleontologist and rightfully includes his expertise to help explain the natural history of whales and highlight many of the questions s...

    I liked it. I like whales and I felt like I learned some about their evolution, habits and and the effects of whaling and climate change on their chances for survival. Nick Pension intentionally wrote in a style any layperson can understand. The author shares his personal experiences i...

    Fascinating, easy read about these majestic animals. I found the evolutionary history and the author?s guesses as to where the different species of whales may lead to be the most interesting aspects of the book. Worth the read. ...

    This book was very dry in places and I found the writing a bit scattered going from one thing to another. I wish it had been a little more linear. ...

    I finished reading ?Spying on Whales? by Nick Pyeson. I found it to be an informative book on everything whales. I learned quite a few new things about whales. Beautiful animals! ...

    This book is SO good! I have always been interested in whales and paleontologist Nick Pyenson definitely has a deep and abiding love for them that comes through in this book. He divides the book into three sections?past, present, and future?and writes eloquently about whales. Ancie...

    Since i was little I always was so intrigued about whales. This book lived up to what I was expecting and I learned quite a fee new things. ...

    http://www.themaineedge.com/tekk/spyi... Writing about science in a manner that is entertaining and accessible while also conveying the desired information with clarity and concision ? not an easy task by any means. Finding the proper balance of wonky jargon and narrative engageme...

    Be aware that the book is mostly interested in facets of whale biology and fossilized whale bones. Vignettes and anecdotes about discovering whale fossils etc. fill out the tract. There is time given to discussing the process of tagging whales, how whales evolved to meet various differ...

    I received an advance reading copy of this book, for free, through Goodreads First Reads program in exchange for my honest review. As the curator of fossil marine mammals at Smithsonian, there is no denying that Nick Pyenson is an expert in his field. The research he conducted while...

    This is a good science book. It focuses on a few of the author's discoveries. For example, with collaborators, he worked on a massive whale graveyard in Chile, where dozens of rare complete skeletons were found, having been laid down in four different events?thought to be victims of ...

    First, I listened to the audio book and didn't realize that the physical book is full of drawings and diagrams. I think this book would have been easier to follow if those diagrams had been provided to audio book listeners. Second, I had a hard time with the author describing hitching ...

    3.5 stars I find whales to be one of the most majestic and mysterious species on our planet. There is so much that we don't know about them, and their culture(s). The fact that I can say 'culture' when talking about whales is fairly unique in itself. There are not many families of o...

    In Spying on Whales, Nick Pyenson takes the reader on a journey from the fossil pits of Chile to the whaling stations of Iceland to explore the past, present, and future of these mysterious marine mammals. Pyenson writes in a clear and straightforward style that makes for quick, easy r...

    If you are looking about a general book about all sorts of whales you might want to pass. Although I was disappointed that the author focused on particular whales, I appreciated the scientific insight on their evolution, what bones reveal, a different outlook on whaling, and other thin...

    One of my first favourite books was The Whale Tale, which featured Kermit the Frog and his nephew Robin saving some whales from evil (pig) whalers. I also did a few projects on whales in elementary school; I've always been a fan of the giant marine mammals. My interest in maritime and ...

    Pyenson here synthesizes a number of areas of science: evolutionary biology, marine biology, paleontology, and physiology to name a few. And what creature could inspire such a wide-ranging look into Nature's past, present, and future? It would have to be the whale. Pyenson takes ...

    Pyenson does a thorough job of exploring the ancient history of whales by going through their evolutionary changes as exemplified by fossil records. I particularly liked learning about the numerous whale bone deposits in Chile and thinking about how those bones ended up at that locatio...

    This was a GoodReads giveaway win. This was a good and educational book of whales. I learned quite a bit about whales, but I have to admit that I never really took the time beforehand to study whales. This book is written in clear and easy to understand terms. At times I thought it ...

    I saw this book listed as a Goodreads giveaway. I thought it looked interesting and I was pleasantly surprised when I got the email informing me that I was a a Giveaways winner. The copy I received was an "advance uncorrected manuscript", (hopefully the typos, were corrected before it ...

    By coincidence, my husband and I just returned from a trip to Iceland where we went on a whale watching excursion. The ecologist guide went into great detail about the whales we were able to see and supplied us with all sorts of interesting information but that was nothing compared to ...

  • Aaron Schmidt
    Aug 16, 2018

    Spying on Whales is a beautifully written introduction to the immersive world of whales. From their ancestry to their future, the beauty and evolution of these magnificent creatures as well as their adaptability, influence and importance to their and other ecosystems is explored in eas...

    I've always had a fascination with whales, dolphins and other mammals that live in the sea. I think maybe it's because they are so like us, and yet so different at the same time. When I saw this book written by a Smithsonian paleontologist, I knew I had to read all about the past, pres...

    When I think about whales, I get excited. What amazing, majestic HUGE creatures! They hold a very symbolic meaning for me and so I couldn't wait to get this book. The book itself is still fascinating but exciting? Not so much. Written by a scientist, it reads a bit like a science book....

    First-rate popular-science book, may be the best I?ve read this year. Highly recommended, if you are interested in whales, marine biology and/or paleontology. If, like me, you like all three ? don?t miss! 4.5 stars. The author, a paleontologist, is Curator of Marine Mammal Fos...

    4 stars - It was great. I loved it. Did you know that whales used to walk on land before returning to the water? Oh the rabbit holes this book led me down?.googled until my googler was sore. Easy to read (not dry at all) with fascinating tidbits. I love that the author makes y...

    I think having read "The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs" right before reading this really soured this one for me - there was more paleontology in this book than there was in the dino book. ...

    SPYING ON WHALES: Teaching the Heart of Science http://fangswandsandfairydust.com/201... The author and whale paleobiologist provides a fascinating look at the when and what of his work. I voluntarily reviewed an advance readers copy of this book. No remuneration was exchanged and...

    Won this book in a Goodreads giveaway from Viking books. This is a relatively quick, easy read packed with scientific data and anecdotes. Author is a paleontologist and rightfully includes his expertise to help explain the natural history of whales and highlight many of the questions s...

    I liked it. I like whales and I felt like I learned some about their evolution, habits and and the effects of whaling and climate change on their chances for survival. Nick Pension intentionally wrote in a style any layperson can understand. The author shares his personal experiences i...

    Fascinating, easy read about these majestic animals. I found the evolutionary history and the author?s guesses as to where the different species of whales may lead to be the most interesting aspects of the book. Worth the read. ...

    This book was very dry in places and I found the writing a bit scattered going from one thing to another. I wish it had been a little more linear. ...

    I finished reading ?Spying on Whales? by Nick Pyeson. I found it to be an informative book on everything whales. I learned quite a few new things about whales. Beautiful animals! ...

    This book is SO good! I have always been interested in whales and paleontologist Nick Pyenson definitely has a deep and abiding love for them that comes through in this book. He divides the book into three sections?past, present, and future?and writes eloquently about whales. Ancie...

    Since i was little I always was so intrigued about whales. This book lived up to what I was expecting and I learned quite a fee new things. ...

    http://www.themaineedge.com/tekk/spyi... Writing about science in a manner that is entertaining and accessible while also conveying the desired information with clarity and concision ? not an easy task by any means. Finding the proper balance of wonky jargon and narrative engageme...

    Be aware that the book is mostly interested in facets of whale biology and fossilized whale bones. Vignettes and anecdotes about discovering whale fossils etc. fill out the tract. There is time given to discussing the process of tagging whales, how whales evolved to meet various differ...

    I received an advance reading copy of this book, for free, through Goodreads First Reads program in exchange for my honest review. As the curator of fossil marine mammals at Smithsonian, there is no denying that Nick Pyenson is an expert in his field. The research he conducted while...

    This is a good science book. It focuses on a few of the author's discoveries. For example, with collaborators, he worked on a massive whale graveyard in Chile, where dozens of rare complete skeletons were found, having been laid down in four different events?thought to be victims of ...

    First, I listened to the audio book and didn't realize that the physical book is full of drawings and diagrams. I think this book would have been easier to follow if those diagrams had been provided to audio book listeners. Second, I had a hard time with the author describing hitching ...

    3.5 stars I find whales to be one of the most majestic and mysterious species on our planet. There is so much that we don't know about them, and their culture(s). The fact that I can say 'culture' when talking about whales is fairly unique in itself. There are not many families of o...

  • Steve Nolan
    Jul 09, 2018

    Spying on Whales is a beautifully written introduction to the immersive world of whales. From their ancestry to their future, the beauty and evolution of these magnificent creatures as well as their adaptability, influence and importance to their and other ecosystems is explored in eas...

    I've always had a fascination with whales, dolphins and other mammals that live in the sea. I think maybe it's because they are so like us, and yet so different at the same time. When I saw this book written by a Smithsonian paleontologist, I knew I had to read all about the past, pres...

    When I think about whales, I get excited. What amazing, majestic HUGE creatures! They hold a very symbolic meaning for me and so I couldn't wait to get this book. The book itself is still fascinating but exciting? Not so much. Written by a scientist, it reads a bit like a science book....

    First-rate popular-science book, may be the best I?ve read this year. Highly recommended, if you are interested in whales, marine biology and/or paleontology. If, like me, you like all three ? don?t miss! 4.5 stars. The author, a paleontologist, is Curator of Marine Mammal Fos...

    4 stars - It was great. I loved it. Did you know that whales used to walk on land before returning to the water? Oh the rabbit holes this book led me down?.googled until my googler was sore. Easy to read (not dry at all) with fascinating tidbits. I love that the author makes y...

    I think having read "The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs" right before reading this really soured this one for me - there was more paleontology in this book than there was in the dino book. ...

  • Rick  Jackofsky
    Jul 11, 2018

    Spying on Whales is a beautifully written introduction to the immersive world of whales. From their ancestry to their future, the beauty and evolution of these magnificent creatures as well as their adaptability, influence and importance to their and other ecosystems is explored in eas...

    I've always had a fascination with whales, dolphins and other mammals that live in the sea. I think maybe it's because they are so like us, and yet so different at the same time. When I saw this book written by a Smithsonian paleontologist, I knew I had to read all about the past, pres...

    When I think about whales, I get excited. What amazing, majestic HUGE creatures! They hold a very symbolic meaning for me and so I couldn't wait to get this book. The book itself is still fascinating but exciting? Not so much. Written by a scientist, it reads a bit like a science book....

    First-rate popular-science book, may be the best I?ve read this year. Highly recommended, if you are interested in whales, marine biology and/or paleontology. If, like me, you like all three ? don?t miss! 4.5 stars. The author, a paleontologist, is Curator of Marine Mammal Fos...

    4 stars - It was great. I loved it. Did you know that whales used to walk on land before returning to the water? Oh the rabbit holes this book led me down?.googled until my googler was sore. Easy to read (not dry at all) with fascinating tidbits. I love that the author makes y...

    I think having read "The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs" right before reading this really soured this one for me - there was more paleontology in this book than there was in the dino book. ...

    SPYING ON WHALES: Teaching the Heart of Science http://fangswandsandfairydust.com/201... The author and whale paleobiologist provides a fascinating look at the when and what of his work. I voluntarily reviewed an advance readers copy of this book. No remuneration was exchanged and...

    Won this book in a Goodreads giveaway from Viking books. This is a relatively quick, easy read packed with scientific data and anecdotes. Author is a paleontologist and rightfully includes his expertise to help explain the natural history of whales and highlight many of the questions s...

    I liked it. I like whales and I felt like I learned some about their evolution, habits and and the effects of whaling and climate change on their chances for survival. Nick Pension intentionally wrote in a style any layperson can understand. The author shares his personal experiences i...

    Fascinating, easy read about these majestic animals. I found the evolutionary history and the author?s guesses as to where the different species of whales may lead to be the most interesting aspects of the book. Worth the read. ...

    This book was very dry in places and I found the writing a bit scattered going from one thing to another. I wish it had been a little more linear. ...

    I finished reading ?Spying on Whales? by Nick Pyeson. I found it to be an informative book on everything whales. I learned quite a few new things about whales. Beautiful animals! ...

    This book is SO good! I have always been interested in whales and paleontologist Nick Pyenson definitely has a deep and abiding love for them that comes through in this book. He divides the book into three sections?past, present, and future?and writes eloquently about whales. Ancie...

    Since i was little I always was so intrigued about whales. This book lived up to what I was expecting and I learned quite a fee new things. ...

    http://www.themaineedge.com/tekk/spyi... Writing about science in a manner that is entertaining and accessible while also conveying the desired information with clarity and concision ? not an easy task by any means. Finding the proper balance of wonky jargon and narrative engageme...

    Be aware that the book is mostly interested in facets of whale biology and fossilized whale bones. Vignettes and anecdotes about discovering whale fossils etc. fill out the tract. There is time given to discussing the process of tagging whales, how whales evolved to meet various differ...

    I received an advance reading copy of this book, for free, through Goodreads First Reads program in exchange for my honest review. As the curator of fossil marine mammals at Smithsonian, there is no denying that Nick Pyenson is an expert in his field. The research he conducted while...

    This is a good science book. It focuses on a few of the author's discoveries. For example, with collaborators, he worked on a massive whale graveyard in Chile, where dozens of rare complete skeletons were found, having been laid down in four different events?thought to be victims of ...

    First, I listened to the audio book and didn't realize that the physical book is full of drawings and diagrams. I think this book would have been easier to follow if those diagrams had been provided to audio book listeners. Second, I had a hard time with the author describing hitching ...

    3.5 stars I find whales to be one of the most majestic and mysterious species on our planet. There is so much that we don't know about them, and their culture(s). The fact that I can say 'culture' when talking about whales is fairly unique in itself. There are not many families of o...

    In Spying on Whales, Nick Pyenson takes the reader on a journey from the fossil pits of Chile to the whaling stations of Iceland to explore the past, present, and future of these mysterious marine mammals. Pyenson writes in a clear and straightforward style that makes for quick, easy r...

    If you are looking about a general book about all sorts of whales you might want to pass. Although I was disappointed that the author focused on particular whales, I appreciated the scientific insight on their evolution, what bones reveal, a different outlook on whaling, and other thin...

    One of my first favourite books was The Whale Tale, which featured Kermit the Frog and his nephew Robin saving some whales from evil (pig) whalers. I also did a few projects on whales in elementary school; I've always been a fan of the giant marine mammals. My interest in maritime and ...

    Pyenson here synthesizes a number of areas of science: evolutionary biology, marine biology, paleontology, and physiology to name a few. And what creature could inspire such a wide-ranging look into Nature's past, present, and future? It would have to be the whale. Pyenson takes ...

    Pyenson does a thorough job of exploring the ancient history of whales by going through their evolutionary changes as exemplified by fossil records. I particularly liked learning about the numerous whale bone deposits in Chile and thinking about how those bones ended up at that locatio...

    This was a GoodReads giveaway win. This was a good and educational book of whales. I learned quite a bit about whales, but I have to admit that I never really took the time beforehand to study whales. This book is written in clear and easy to understand terms. At times I thought it ...

    I saw this book listed as a Goodreads giveaway. I thought it looked interesting and I was pleasantly surprised when I got the email informing me that I was a a Giveaways winner. The copy I received was an "advance uncorrected manuscript", (hopefully the typos, were corrected before it ...

  • An
    Oct 17, 2018

    Spying on Whales is a beautifully written introduction to the immersive world of whales. From their ancestry to their future, the beauty and evolution of these magnificent creatures as well as their adaptability, influence and importance to their and other ecosystems is explored in eas...

    I've always had a fascination with whales, dolphins and other mammals that live in the sea. I think maybe it's because they are so like us, and yet so different at the same time. When I saw this book written by a Smithsonian paleontologist, I knew I had to read all about the past, pres...

    When I think about whales, I get excited. What amazing, majestic HUGE creatures! They hold a very symbolic meaning for me and so I couldn't wait to get this book. The book itself is still fascinating but exciting? Not so much. Written by a scientist, it reads a bit like a science book....

    First-rate popular-science book, may be the best I?ve read this year. Highly recommended, if you are interested in whales, marine biology and/or paleontology. If, like me, you like all three ? don?t miss! 4.5 stars. The author, a paleontologist, is Curator of Marine Mammal Fos...

    4 stars - It was great. I loved it. Did you know that whales used to walk on land before returning to the water? Oh the rabbit holes this book led me down?.googled until my googler was sore. Easy to read (not dry at all) with fascinating tidbits. I love that the author makes y...

    I think having read "The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs" right before reading this really soured this one for me - there was more paleontology in this book than there was in the dino book. ...

    SPYING ON WHALES: Teaching the Heart of Science http://fangswandsandfairydust.com/201... The author and whale paleobiologist provides a fascinating look at the when and what of his work. I voluntarily reviewed an advance readers copy of this book. No remuneration was exchanged and...

    Won this book in a Goodreads giveaway from Viking books. This is a relatively quick, easy read packed with scientific data and anecdotes. Author is a paleontologist and rightfully includes his expertise to help explain the natural history of whales and highlight many of the questions s...

    I liked it. I like whales and I felt like I learned some about their evolution, habits and and the effects of whaling and climate change on their chances for survival. Nick Pension intentionally wrote in a style any layperson can understand. The author shares his personal experiences i...

    Fascinating, easy read about these majestic animals. I found the evolutionary history and the author?s guesses as to where the different species of whales may lead to be the most interesting aspects of the book. Worth the read. ...

    This book was very dry in places and I found the writing a bit scattered going from one thing to another. I wish it had been a little more linear. ...

    I finished reading ?Spying on Whales? by Nick Pyeson. I found it to be an informative book on everything whales. I learned quite a few new things about whales. Beautiful animals! ...

    This book is SO good! I have always been interested in whales and paleontologist Nick Pyenson definitely has a deep and abiding love for them that comes through in this book. He divides the book into three sections?past, present, and future?and writes eloquently about whales. Ancie...

    Since i was little I always was so intrigued about whales. This book lived up to what I was expecting and I learned quite a fee new things. ...

    http://www.themaineedge.com/tekk/spyi... Writing about science in a manner that is entertaining and accessible while also conveying the desired information with clarity and concision ? not an easy task by any means. Finding the proper balance of wonky jargon and narrative engageme...

    Be aware that the book is mostly interested in facets of whale biology and fossilized whale bones. Vignettes and anecdotes about discovering whale fossils etc. fill out the tract. There is time given to discussing the process of tagging whales, how whales evolved to meet various differ...

    I received an advance reading copy of this book, for free, through Goodreads First Reads program in exchange for my honest review. As the curator of fossil marine mammals at Smithsonian, there is no denying that Nick Pyenson is an expert in his field. The research he conducted while...

    This is a good science book. It focuses on a few of the author's discoveries. For example, with collaborators, he worked on a massive whale graveyard in Chile, where dozens of rare complete skeletons were found, having been laid down in four different events?thought to be victims of ...

    First, I listened to the audio book and didn't realize that the physical book is full of drawings and diagrams. I think this book would have been easier to follow if those diagrams had been provided to audio book listeners. Second, I had a hard time with the author describing hitching ...

    3.5 stars I find whales to be one of the most majestic and mysterious species on our planet. There is so much that we don't know about them, and their culture(s). The fact that I can say 'culture' when talking about whales is fairly unique in itself. There are not many families of o...

    In Spying on Whales, Nick Pyenson takes the reader on a journey from the fossil pits of Chile to the whaling stations of Iceland to explore the past, present, and future of these mysterious marine mammals. Pyenson writes in a clear and straightforward style that makes for quick, easy r...

  • Scarlett Readz and Runz....Through Novel Time & Distance
    Sep 06, 2018

    Spying on Whales is a beautifully written introduction to the immersive world of whales. From their ancestry to their future, the beauty and evolution of these magnificent creatures as well as their adaptability, influence and importance to their and other ecosystems is explored in eas...

  • Bandit
    Oct 12, 2018

    Spying on Whales is a beautifully written introduction to the immersive world of whales. From their ancestry to their future, the beauty and evolution of these magnificent creatures as well as their adaptability, influence and importance to their and other ecosystems is explored in eas...

    I've always had a fascination with whales, dolphins and other mammals that live in the sea. I think maybe it's because they are so like us, and yet so different at the same time. When I saw this book written by a Smithsonian paleontologist, I knew I had to read all about the past, pres...

    When I think about whales, I get excited. What amazing, majestic HUGE creatures! They hold a very symbolic meaning for me and so I couldn't wait to get this book. The book itself is still fascinating but exciting? Not so much. Written by a scientist, it reads a bit like a science book....

    First-rate popular-science book, may be the best I?ve read this year. Highly recommended, if you are interested in whales, marine biology and/or paleontology. If, like me, you like all three ? don?t miss! 4.5 stars. The author, a paleontologist, is Curator of Marine Mammal Fos...

    4 stars - It was great. I loved it. Did you know that whales used to walk on land before returning to the water? Oh the rabbit holes this book led me down?.googled until my googler was sore. Easy to read (not dry at all) with fascinating tidbits. I love that the author makes y...

    I think having read "The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs" right before reading this really soured this one for me - there was more paleontology in this book than there was in the dino book. ...

    SPYING ON WHALES: Teaching the Heart of Science http://fangswandsandfairydust.com/201... The author and whale paleobiologist provides a fascinating look at the when and what of his work. I voluntarily reviewed an advance readers copy of this book. No remuneration was exchanged and...

    Won this book in a Goodreads giveaway from Viking books. This is a relatively quick, easy read packed with scientific data and anecdotes. Author is a paleontologist and rightfully includes his expertise to help explain the natural history of whales and highlight many of the questions s...

    I liked it. I like whales and I felt like I learned some about their evolution, habits and and the effects of whaling and climate change on their chances for survival. Nick Pension intentionally wrote in a style any layperson can understand. The author shares his personal experiences i...

    Fascinating, easy read about these majestic animals. I found the evolutionary history and the author?s guesses as to where the different species of whales may lead to be the most interesting aspects of the book. Worth the read. ...

    This book was very dry in places and I found the writing a bit scattered going from one thing to another. I wish it had been a little more linear. ...

    I finished reading ?Spying on Whales? by Nick Pyeson. I found it to be an informative book on everything whales. I learned quite a few new things about whales. Beautiful animals! ...

    This book is SO good! I have always been interested in whales and paleontologist Nick Pyenson definitely has a deep and abiding love for them that comes through in this book. He divides the book into three sections?past, present, and future?and writes eloquently about whales. Ancie...

    Since i was little I always was so intrigued about whales. This book lived up to what I was expecting and I learned quite a fee new things. ...

    http://www.themaineedge.com/tekk/spyi... Writing about science in a manner that is entertaining and accessible while also conveying the desired information with clarity and concision ? not an easy task by any means. Finding the proper balance of wonky jargon and narrative engageme...

    Be aware that the book is mostly interested in facets of whale biology and fossilized whale bones. Vignettes and anecdotes about discovering whale fossils etc. fill out the tract. There is time given to discussing the process of tagging whales, how whales evolved to meet various differ...

    I received an advance reading copy of this book, for free, through Goodreads First Reads program in exchange for my honest review. As the curator of fossil marine mammals at Smithsonian, there is no denying that Nick Pyenson is an expert in his field. The research he conducted while...

    This is a good science book. It focuses on a few of the author's discoveries. For example, with collaborators, he worked on a massive whale graveyard in Chile, where dozens of rare complete skeletons were found, having been laid down in four different events?thought to be victims of ...

    First, I listened to the audio book and didn't realize that the physical book is full of drawings and diagrams. I think this book would have been easier to follow if those diagrams had been provided to audio book listeners. Second, I had a hard time with the author describing hitching ...

    3.5 stars I find whales to be one of the most majestic and mysterious species on our planet. There is so much that we don't know about them, and their culture(s). The fact that I can say 'culture' when talking about whales is fairly unique in itself. There are not many families of o...

    In Spying on Whales, Nick Pyenson takes the reader on a journey from the fossil pits of Chile to the whaling stations of Iceland to explore the past, present, and future of these mysterious marine mammals. Pyenson writes in a clear and straightforward style that makes for quick, easy r...

    If you are looking about a general book about all sorts of whales you might want to pass. Although I was disappointed that the author focused on particular whales, I appreciated the scientific insight on their evolution, what bones reveal, a different outlook on whaling, and other thin...

  • Dustin Rottier
    Aug 29, 2018

    Spying on Whales is a beautifully written introduction to the immersive world of whales. From their ancestry to their future, the beauty and evolution of these magnificent creatures as well as their adaptability, influence and importance to their and other ecosystems is explored in eas...

    I've always had a fascination with whales, dolphins and other mammals that live in the sea. I think maybe it's because they are so like us, and yet so different at the same time. When I saw this book written by a Smithsonian paleontologist, I knew I had to read all about the past, pres...

    When I think about whales, I get excited. What amazing, majestic HUGE creatures! They hold a very symbolic meaning for me and so I couldn't wait to get this book. The book itself is still fascinating but exciting? Not so much. Written by a scientist, it reads a bit like a science book....

    First-rate popular-science book, may be the best I?ve read this year. Highly recommended, if you are interested in whales, marine biology and/or paleontology. If, like me, you like all three ? don?t miss! 4.5 stars. The author, a paleontologist, is Curator of Marine Mammal Fos...

    4 stars - It was great. I loved it. Did you know that whales used to walk on land before returning to the water? Oh the rabbit holes this book led me down?.googled until my googler was sore. Easy to read (not dry at all) with fascinating tidbits. I love that the author makes y...

    I think having read "The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs" right before reading this really soured this one for me - there was more paleontology in this book than there was in the dino book. ...

    SPYING ON WHALES: Teaching the Heart of Science http://fangswandsandfairydust.com/201... The author and whale paleobiologist provides a fascinating look at the when and what of his work. I voluntarily reviewed an advance readers copy of this book. No remuneration was exchanged and...

    Won this book in a Goodreads giveaway from Viking books. This is a relatively quick, easy read packed with scientific data and anecdotes. Author is a paleontologist and rightfully includes his expertise to help explain the natural history of whales and highlight many of the questions s...

  • EC2151
    Sep 03, 2018

    Spying on Whales is a beautifully written introduction to the immersive world of whales. From their ancestry to their future, the beauty and evolution of these magnificent creatures as well as their adaptability, influence and importance to their and other ecosystems is explored in eas...

    I've always had a fascination with whales, dolphins and other mammals that live in the sea. I think maybe it's because they are so like us, and yet so different at the same time. When I saw this book written by a Smithsonian paleontologist, I knew I had to read all about the past, pres...

    When I think about whales, I get excited. What amazing, majestic HUGE creatures! They hold a very symbolic meaning for me and so I couldn't wait to get this book. The book itself is still fascinating but exciting? Not so much. Written by a scientist, it reads a bit like a science book....

    First-rate popular-science book, may be the best I?ve read this year. Highly recommended, if you are interested in whales, marine biology and/or paleontology. If, like me, you like all three ? don?t miss! 4.5 stars. The author, a paleontologist, is Curator of Marine Mammal Fos...

    4 stars - It was great. I loved it. Did you know that whales used to walk on land before returning to the water? Oh the rabbit holes this book led me down?.googled until my googler was sore. Easy to read (not dry at all) with fascinating tidbits. I love that the author makes y...

    I think having read "The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs" right before reading this really soured this one for me - there was more paleontology in this book than there was in the dino book. ...

    SPYING ON WHALES: Teaching the Heart of Science http://fangswandsandfairydust.com/201... The author and whale paleobiologist provides a fascinating look at the when and what of his work. I voluntarily reviewed an advance readers copy of this book. No remuneration was exchanged and...

    Won this book in a Goodreads giveaway from Viking books. This is a relatively quick, easy read packed with scientific data and anecdotes. Author is a paleontologist and rightfully includes his expertise to help explain the natural history of whales and highlight many of the questions s...

    I liked it. I like whales and I felt like I learned some about their evolution, habits and and the effects of whaling and climate change on their chances for survival. Nick Pension intentionally wrote in a style any layperson can understand. The author shares his personal experiences i...

    Fascinating, easy read about these majestic animals. I found the evolutionary history and the author?s guesses as to where the different species of whales may lead to be the most interesting aspects of the book. Worth the read. ...

    This book was very dry in places and I found the writing a bit scattered going from one thing to another. I wish it had been a little more linear. ...

    I finished reading ?Spying on Whales? by Nick Pyeson. I found it to be an informative book on everything whales. I learned quite a few new things about whales. Beautiful animals! ...

    This book is SO good! I have always been interested in whales and paleontologist Nick Pyenson definitely has a deep and abiding love for them that comes through in this book. He divides the book into three sections?past, present, and future?and writes eloquently about whales. Ancie...

    Since i was little I always was so intrigued about whales. This book lived up to what I was expecting and I learned quite a fee new things. ...

    http://www.themaineedge.com/tekk/spyi... Writing about science in a manner that is entertaining and accessible while also conveying the desired information with clarity and concision ? not an easy task by any means. Finding the proper balance of wonky jargon and narrative engageme...

    Be aware that the book is mostly interested in facets of whale biology and fossilized whale bones. Vignettes and anecdotes about discovering whale fossils etc. fill out the tract. There is time given to discussing the process of tagging whales, how whales evolved to meet various differ...