Living in waters adjacent to Anchorage, Alaska, the beluga whales of Cook Inlet are an isolated and genetically distinct population. Thought to number more than 1000 in the early 1990s, a sharp population decline has brought them near extinction. Original in approach and incisive in its questions, Beluga Days explores how conservation laws, management policies, and human bLiving in waters adjacent to Anchorage, Alaska, the beluga whales of Cook Inlet are an isolated and genetically distinct population. Thought to number more than 1000 in the early 1990s, a sharp population decline has brought them near extinction. Original in approach and incisive in its questions, Beluga Days explores how conservation laws, management policies, and human behaviors have affected the shrinking beluga population. From hunters, regulators, environmentalists, researchers, and businesspeople to whale enthusiasts, Lord encounters an ongoing debate wrestling with the immediate need to protect the whales, as well as a respect for the centuries-old tradition of Native subsistence hunting. Beyond its compelling characters and particulars, Lord's story offers readers a deeper understanding of the often uncomfortable, often rewarding, juxtaposition of humans and the natural world....
|Title||:||Beluga Days: Tracking a White Whale's Truths|
|Number of Pages||:||272 Pages|
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Beluga Days: Tracking a White Whale's Truths Reviews
great book....learned a lot about the wonderful white whale near my home....
Beluga Days is a poignant, informative and eye-opening book about many different things. To be sure it is about belugas and specifically the belugas of Cook Inlet and their fight for life in the waters of Alaska. But it also about the systems that surround our environment and our interactions and effects on it. And it is also about respect for cultures that white people took over and almost destroyed, but how those Native cultures are still trying to survive and thrive in places that finally allowing them the chance at it again. It is also about our responsibility (and our lack of taking responsibility) for this world, the beautiful creatures of it and the need to do so immediately in order to make the future a better one than it might currently be. This is a beautiful book. A little slow in parts as it dives into the nitty-gritty of specific sciences and the laws and systems that make "saving animals" much more difficult. BUt overall this book is wonderful and interesting. I would highly recommend it.
I must agree with the review by Booklist that this book is an, "intriguing blend of scientific writing and impassioned journal of discovery."I loved the way Nancy Lord managed to openly and honestly display both the environmentalists arguments for protection while also managing to get the reader to empathise and understand the continued need for beluga hunting for a variety of Native Alaskan cultures. Lord does not argue for one cause to be blamed for the low Cook Inlet Beluga numbers, she does not push one stoic agenda throughout the book, she instead attempts to understand and share with the reader the vastly complex relationships of all Alaskans and the smiling beluga. A very different read for me, and most definitely not a beach read, but very interesting and an eye opening book if you consider yourself to be an animal lover and protector.
Written by an Alaskan salmon fisherman who has watched her local population of belugas fall, Beluga Days talks about the Alaskan and Hudson Bay whales, the problems they face, and the natives that still hunt them. It gives some insight into why substinence hunting still exists, although for me that is not reason enough.
I thought this would discuss more the evolution of the beluga whale.