ῳ Free Read Format Kindle [ ↕ Listening to Whales: What the Orcas Have Taught Us ] ῶ E-Pub Author Alexandra Morton ‛ ῳ Free Read Format Kindle [ ↕ Listening to Whales: What the Orcas Have Taught Us ] ῶ E-Pub Author Alexandra Morton ‛ Chapter 1Some nights I hear whales in my dreams They start off distant like the sound of wind in the trees but gradually pick up to the point where theyre all I can hear Most times I can make out which pod is callingthe sisters, transients, G clan, or any of a dozen other orcas Ive spent nearly a quarter of a century listening to On a good night its the exquisite dialect specific to the family of the fifty four year old matriarch Tsitika, a series of rippling harmonics so perfect it imparts a deep sense of peace in me, like a shuddering sigh.Some nights I wake from one of these dreams and find it hasnt been a dream at all.I trundle downstairs in stocking feet, put my ear to the hydrophone speaker, and hear Tsitika calling to her children I press the record button on my tape machine and note the time and date in the sound log And so begins another day of work.In the kelp bed floating outside my window, a hydrophone dangles down 15 feet into the water of Cramer Passage A black cable snakes through the kelp, up the rocky beach, through the salal brush, around my kale garden, past the greenhouse and chicken coop, and up through the floorboards into my house, which is perched on a low bluff on the western coast of Canada.I begin my mornings with a strong cup of coffee at my desk, writing, entering data, or sorting through black and white photos of dorsal fins If there are no whales that day, the first sound I hear is often the crackle of shrimp coming alive with the lightening of the sky Sometimes I hear otters chirping or dolphins letting loose those high pitched twitters that make them sound like monkeys on helium The hydrophone doesnt discriminate More often than not, I hear the scream of outboard motors The community in which I live, Echo Bay, has no roads Everyone gets around by boat.To study a wild animal, you must adapt your life to its rhythm Its the only way youll increase your chances of encountering your subject, and perhaps important, its the only way youll begin to understand how your subject encounters the world We landlocked humans experience our surroundings primarily through our eyes land and vision A killer whales aquatic world comes to it almost exclusively through its sense of hearing water and sound Living in Echo Bay has put me in a world as close as I can come to the killer whales without actually living underwater.Im constantly listening and looking for whales As I wake my six year old daughter, cook breakfast, brush my teeth, talk on the phone, my ear remains cocked to the speakers My eyes constantly scan the water for the misty plume of a whale blow I press my eyes against a pair of high powered astronomical field glasses seventy times a day, panning slowly back and forth over the water, always hoping for the rise and fall of an orcas black fin Ive spotted whales while Ive been gardening, baking bread, writing papers, braiding my daughters hair Ive spotted orcas while Ive been taking a shower And when I spot one, Im gone Into my boatBlackfish Sound, a 22 foot doryand out on the water, following the whales wherever they take me I note their breathing intervals, record the sounds they make, watch them interact with the world around them I am their shadow.I came here when I was twenty two years old Im forty four now When I began watching killer whales, I thought I could sit by a marine park tank and, merely by listening, crack the code of language used by the performing orcas held within Now I realize I have to understand far about who they are and how they fit into their environment There are so many other things to be learned from killer whales.Not long before I first arrived here, people shot orcas for sport They were considered predators, wolves of the deep Small children were encouraged to throw rocks at them from shore Marine parks paid fishermen to steal infant whales from their mothers, move them across the continent in trucks, and imprison them in concrete tanks The government tried to cull their population with machine guns.Things have changed Its now a federal crime to harass a killer whale Marine parks are no longer allowed to take killer whales from American and Canadian waters, although the horror of captivity continues Our understanding of the killer whales world has increased exponentially We know now that orcas organize themselves into sophisticated social groups and develop some of the strongest mother child bonds possible They hunt with amazing stealth and are capable of prodigious feats of learning Their intelligence has yet to be adequately analyzed indeed, their powers of cognition may be too complex for us to accurately quantify In brainpower they may surpass us.The killer whale, Orcinus orca, is found from the Beaufort Sea to the Weddell Sea and in every ocean in between, including the Mediterranean Although they belong to the order Cetacea, which includes baleen whales like the gray whale and blue whale, orcas are closely related to dolphins and porpoises, with whom they share the suborder Odontoceti toothed whales Killer whales are known as a cosmopolitan species because theyve learned to survive in diverse habitats around the globe Off the New Zealand coast, they eat stingrays In the Antarctic they eat whales and penguins Off the coast of Norway, they eat herring in Patagonia, sea lions in the open Pacific, sharks in Japan, squid in the Antilles, sea turtles in the Indian Ocean, tuna Just as human hunter gatherer societies differed from one another based on their geography, climate, and food source, so have the different conditions faced by various orcaTransient whales, male and femalepopulations given rise to differing orca cultures As Polynesians differ from Eskimos, so do Mediterranean orcas differ from the orcas plying the waters outside my cabin.The killer whales of British Columbia are organized into four communities northern residents, southern residents, transients, and offshore orcas Community refers to a breeding population, whales that are known to swim together and peaceably share both calls and a feeding area I work predominantly with the northern residents, who range from Pender Harbour, a few miles north of Vancouver, north to Prince Rupert, just south of Ketchikan, Alaska Within that community exist sixteen pods, an orcas basic social unit, a group of five to twenty whales who travel together their entire lives.In the twenty five years Ive spent with wild orcas, they have got ten to know me as well They know where I live, the extent of my home range, and the fact that I scurry home when darkness falls I dont mean that they demonstrate recognition For the most part they ignore me, and I like it that way I came to observe whales being whales, not whales responding to humans But they are too intelligent an animal not to have learned a few things about the woman following them with the dangling hydrophone.They must find us an exceedingly strange species Only two generations ago the human attitude toward orcas was one of aggression and attack Now we want to love them to death In the 1970s there was no whale watching industry to speak of Now its a multimillion dollar business that threatens the waters of Johnstone Strait with gridlock every summer.The whales are no longer harmed by our direct actions But in the last ten years we have become aware of the indirect actions that, in the long run, may pose just as big a threat to the whales existence Instead of killing them with harpoons and rifles, we are slowly poisoning their habitat and killing off their food supply Industrial logging desecrates the watersheds that produce the salmon vital to this coast development dumps of the noise and chemicals of civilization into their backyard mismanagement of the commercial catch and the proliferation of corporate salmon farms are combining to snuff out the great wild runs of salmon that sustain the orca pods of the Canadian and American coast.Every day I continue to watch and listen for killer whales I hope that I do not have to watch them die out In the course of spending my adult life recording and describing their behaviors, Ive seen firsthand that the orca, like any other species, does not exist alone It requires an entire web of life to sustain its presence In an age in which hundreds of species may go extinct every day, anyone who studies a wild animal faces the challenge of, in effect, making a case for its life on earth I pray that mine is strong enough From the Hardcover edition.Mortons descriptions of the whales lives and their haunting underwater communications are so vivid that they will remain with you long after you have read the last eloquent page.JANE GOODALL A WARM, ENERGETIC MEMOIR An engaging tale of a womans commitment to science and a life well lived Publishers Weekly starred review AN EXTRAORDINARY BOOK ABOUT AN EXTRAORDINARY WOMAN This is a species that has learned to live in tolerance with each other, and to share in the resources of their world so that all can survive Would that our species could learn to do the same Hamilton SpectatorA PASSIONATE MEMOIR BY A TRUE FIELD BIOLOGIST Natural HistoryFASCINATING Mortons writing reflects a deep respect for whales in general and killer whales in particular The reader will find her regard contagious Richmond Times DispatchThis book will immerse you in a magical underwater world It will bring you face to face with some of the most intelligent and mysterious creatures on earth Alexandra Morton is a meticulous scientist, but she is not afraid to let her love for the whales illuminate her writing, nor her distress and anger at the harm we are inflicting on their world.JANE GOODALLOne of the worlds premier orca researchers Morton has emerged as a champion for the welfare of whales and the preservation of their habitat Listening to Whales is an unusual and involving tale of a life committed to interspecies communication The Olympian Morton is field scientist in the tradition of Jane Goodall and Dian Fossey Readers will be impressed by the physical hardships of field work, the moving account of the death of her marine photographer husband in a diving mishap, and her stories of rearing her children on shipboard and in an isolated coastal community Library JournalMortons descriptions of individual orca movements, and how each relates to the species as a whole, course alongside her passionate defense of the ecological balance of the region she infuses both with just the right amount of personal reflection Publishers Weekly starred review Moments of quiet triumph illuminate this absorbing tale Christian Science Monitor Selected as One of the Best Books of 2002 ABSORBING, MOVING Mortons book gives us invaluable insight into complex, wonderful creatures Its an eloquent testament to one womans efforts at interspecies communication The Calgary SunLyrical Hopeful Listening to Whales is a fascinating journey into the heart of a research scientist captivated by these magnificent creatures Miami HeraldLeaves one questioning what we have done to our water based, spy hopping, family loving cohabitants of this planetand if we have not in the process diminished ourselves The Georgia Straight magazineRemarkable An extraordinary tale Fascinating reading Full of both poignant and distressing moments One of the chief pleasures of her book is the straightforward quality of her prose one finds oneself halfway through the book in the blink of an eye The Grand Rapids PressAs she wisely points out, what the whales need to surviveclean water, clean air, forests, and salmonhappen to be what we need as well Sierra magazineRemarkably diverting In plainspoken prose, Morton relates her work afield She writes of her personal life with unembroidered 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