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The Beluga Café: Whales and Music in Arctic Landscape

By: Jim Nollman

Sierra Club

Paperback | Oct 2002 | #130306 | ISBN: 1578050871
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Hardback | Oct 2002 | #130305 | ISBN: 1578050820
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About this book

Animal communication expert Nollman and two artist friends set out for Canada's vast Mackenzie Delta, electric guitar and underwater sound equipment in tow, to make music with belugas - the elusive white whales of the Arctic. They unwittingly find themselves at the centre of a heated controversy over the Beaufort Sea belugas: Why have the whales stopped coming into the Mackenzie Delta, possibly jeopardizing their own calves, who live the first part of their lives in these shallow, warm waters? Nollman goes on to suggest metaphors for our time about animal rights and animal intelligence, the role of science in conservation, the politics of extinction, and the place of art in the epic struggle to save the natural world.

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Jim Nollman has been involved in animal communications research for thirty years and is known around the world for playing music with whales. He directs Interspecies Inc., a nonprofit organization that brings artists into wild places to transform human perceptions about habitat and animals. He is the author of several books of nature writing, including The Charged Border: Where Whales and Humans Meet. His CD, Orcas' Greatest Hits, documents wild orcas improvising songs with human musicians. Nollman lives on an island in Puget Sound.

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