Whaling Season
Whaling Season: A Year in the Life of an Arctic Whale Scientist (Scientists in the Field Series)
Whaling Season
Peter Lourie
Not all scientists live where they work, harvest their own subjects, or use information passed down from generation after generation of Inupiaq Eskimos to help learn about the bowhead whale. Arctic whale scientist Craig George is the son of children’s author Jean Craighead George, and out on the ice with the whales and the whalers in Barrow, Alaska is where this Arctic whale scientist works. He has studied them for nearly thirty years and the mysteries these creatures hold never fail to amaze him. Join Craig at the top of the world, where the days and nights are long, the people full of stories, and the bowhead whale is at the center of it all

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  • Nonfiction

Age Level: 

  • 12 and up
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Whaling Season is a journey through a spring season in the Arctic Circle in Alaska with bowhead whale scientist, John Craighead George, or "Craig." As you follow Craig, vivid pictures help describe the process of a thorough examination of a bowhead whale. The tribe that ensures that the whaling is purely for tradition and culture are the American Indian tribe, the Inuiat. Once the whales are harvested, Craig studies them to see what effects pollution is having on the environment.

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