The title of this book is surprisingly apt. Considering that whales are such charismatic creatures and icons of the conservation movement, it comes as a shock to realise how much of their ecology and behavior was unknown prior to the revolutionary research of marine biologist, Micheline Jenner. Part popular science, part vocational memoir, this book is a personal account of Jenner’s astounding career in cetacean biology. Spanning three decades, Jenner and her husband’s work with whale and dolphin populations has significantly advanced ecological knowledge and has, as a direct consequence, enhanced conservation efforts in Australian waters.
Rachael Mead reviews 'The Secret Life of Whales: A marine biologist’s revelations' by Micheline Jenner
The Secret Life of Whales: A marine biologist’s revelations
by Micheline Jenner
NewSouth, $29.99 pb, 320pp, 9781742235547
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Rachael Mead is a writer, poet, and bookseller living in South Australia. Her second book of poetry The Flaw in the Pattern was published by UWAP in early 2018.
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