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#ForewordFriday: A Whale of a Tale Edition

A humpback whale in Alaska. Photo by Gregory Smith, used under Creative Commons licensing. A humpback whale in Alaska. Photo by Gregory Smith, used under Creative Commons licensing.

For the long weekend, we wanted to give you a good beach read and a peek into our backlist. Dick Russell's Eye of the Whale: Epic Passage from Baja to Siberia is the critically acclaimed story of the gray whale's annual migration along the west coast of North America. He traces their relationship with humans from the nineteenth century whalers who called them "Devil-fish" to today's public appreciation for the majestic creatures. Russell pairs these perspectives by also telling the story of Charles Melville Scammon, a whaling captain who became a renowned naturalist as gray whales reached the brink of extinction.