ACS Monterey Bay Program for November/December 2009
Discussion of selected readings from WATCHING GIANTS:
The Secret Lives of Whales
- Thursday, December 3, 2009
that the meeting date is the first Thursday in December
instead of the last Thursday in November, due to Thanksgiving.
- 7 p.m. Refreshments, 7:30 p.m. Program
- Lecture Hall, Monterey Boatworks, Hopkins
Pacific Grove (Across from American Tin Cannery Outlet Stores)
- Speaker: Elin Kelsey, Ph. D, Conservation
Scientist and Author
Cetaceans, whales, dolphins and porpoises have always had an exceptional
ability to inspire people in many different ways. They inspire art in
many forms, they can be archetypal cultural symbols and always seem to
evoke wonderment and joy when we see them in person.
In the past, the cetaceans were also hunted and humans became the most
efficient hunters, so good in fact, that many species of cetaceans were
driven to near extinction and some to actual extinction by human activities
like commercial whaling.
And yet we now hear about Gray whales hugging pongas with people on board
in San Ignacio Lagoon and about so many other encounters between cetaceans
and humans where the frailty of a human in the marine environment is understood,
respected and safeguarded by the cetaceans involved. Have the cetaceans
forgotten about the hunting, have they forgiven the hunters…?
There must be something to this connection between humans and cetaceans….
Our speaker this month has explored this connection and shares her insights
into the world of cetaceans in her book WATCHING GIANTS: The Secret
Lives of Whales. This book is "... personal, anecdotal and highly
engaging. Watching Giants opens a window on a world that
seems quite like our own, yet is so different that understanding it pushes
the very limits of our senses. Elin's … colorful first-person account,
drawing from her rich, often humorous, everyday experiences as a mother,
a woman and a scientist, takes us to the incredibly productive waters
of the Gulf of California and beyond, to oceans around the world."*
This book is so much more than one person's viewpoint. It is based on
interviews with more than 20 of the world's leading cetacean scientists.
In revealing cutting edge ideas about whale culture, this book looks at
subjects such as whale motherhood and whale menopause. The more we learn
about these and other cetacean behaviors and relationships, the easier
it is to see the connections between whales and people and how we all
live our daily lives.
Please join us for what promises to be an engaging and insightful peek
into the world of whales and the world of marine conservation itself.
* from the overleaf of WATCHING GIANTS.
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