Thor: Last of the Sperm Whales

Thor: Last of the Sperm Whales

By: Robert M. McClung
Published by: William Morrow & Company
Publication Date: 1971
Series: The Animal Life Cycle Series

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From ancient times, the ways of the whale have made the stuff of legend and myth. The huge mammals of the deep long have fascinated mankind. Now, however, one of the mightiest of the whales, the sperm whale, is himself in danger of becoming a legend. Hunted ruthlessly in the Antarctic and North Pacific by modern whaling fleets, his days may be numbered.

In this story Robert McClung follows the life cycle of one of these leviathans, from his birth in the warm waters of the tropical Pacific to his near death by an explosive harpoon. Typical incidents that he describes are Thor's hunting of a giant squid 3000 feet below the surface, his battle to gain a harem of his own, and his encounters with other species of whales, such as the blue whale, the humpback, the finback, the right whale, and the deadly killer whale.

Handsomely illustrated by Bob Hines of the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service, this book is another accurate and timely study by an author widely known for his writings on wildlife and conservation.

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