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Among Giants: A Life with Whales

Nicklin, Charles "Flip"; Kostyal, K. M.

Verlag: University Of Chicago Press, 2011
ISBN 10: 0226580997 / ISBN 13: 9780226580999
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Titel: Among Giants: A Life with Whales

Verlag: University Of Chicago Press

Erscheinungsdatum: 2011

Einband: Hardcover

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Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! Summary: "This is not only a book of extraordinary pictures, which it is, and the story of an extraordinary life, which it is; this is the story of the man who opened the window on a world we barely knew existed before his work. A compelling, engaging adventure story, well told. I can't recommend it highly enough."Christopher Moore, author of Fluke. Buchnummer des Verkäufers ABE_book_new_0226580997

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It all started in 1965 with a guy riding a whale. The guy was Flip Nicklin?s father, Chuck, and the whale was an unlucky Bryde?s Whale that had gotten caught up in some anchor line. Hoping to free the whale, Chuck and some friends took their boat as near as they could, and, just before they cut it loose, Chuck posed astride it for a photo.

That image, carried on wire services nationwide, became a sensation and ultimately changed the life of Chuck?s young son, Flip. In the decades since that day, Flip Nicklin has made himself into the world?s premier cetacean photographer. It?s no exaggeration to say that his photos, published in such venues as National Geographic and distributed worldwide, have virtually defined these graceful, powerful creatures in the mind of the general public?even as they helped open new ground in the field of marine mammalogy.

Among Giants tells the story of Nicklin?s life and career on the high seas, from his first ill-equipped shoots in the mid-1970s through his long association with the National Geographic Society to the present, when he is one of the founders of Whale Trust, a nonprofit conservation and research group. Nicklin is equal parts photographer, adventurer, self-trained scientist, and raconteur, and Among Giants reflects all those sides, matching breathtaking images to firsthand accounts of their making, and highlighting throughout the importance of conservation and new advances in our understanding of whale behavior. With Nicklin as our guide, we see not just whales but also our slowly growing understanding of their hidden lives, as well as the evolution of underwater photography?and the stunning clarity and drama that can be captured when a determined, daring diver is behind the lens.

Humpbacks, narwhals, sperm whales, orcas?these and countless other giants of the ocean parade through these pages, spouting, breaching, singing, and raising their young. Nicklin?s photographs bring us so completely into the underwater world of whales that we can?t help but feel awe, while winning, personal accounts of his adventures remind us of what it?s like to be a lone diver sharing their sea.

For anyone who has marveled at the majesty of whales in the wild, Among Giants is guaranteed to be inspiring, even moving?its unmatched images of these glorious beings an inescapable reminder of our responsibility as stewards of the ocean.

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Widely regarded as the world?s leading cetacean photographer, Charles "Flip" Nicklin grew up around his father?s small dive shop on the California coast. He went on to become National Geographic?s premiere whale photographer and marine mammal specialist. Over the last quarter century Flip has photographed more than thirty species of whales and dolphins, some so endangered their very survival is in question. In 2001 he co-founded Whale Trust, a non-profit organization dedicated to research and public education. 

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