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Humpback Highway : Diving into the mysterious world of whales - Vanessa Pirotta

Humpback Highway

Diving into the mysterious world of whales

By: Vanessa Pirotta

Paperback | 1 April 2024

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I entered the water quietly and saw two humpback whales sleeping diagonally in the distance. Two school buses just hanging in space…

Acclaimed wildlife scientist Vanessa Pirotta has been mugged by whales, touched by a baby whale and covered in whale snot. In Humpback Highway, Pirotta dives beneath the surface to reveal the mysterious world of humpback whales — from their life cycle and the challenges humans present, to why whale snot and poo are important for us and the ocean. Plus the cutting-edge new technologies that allow us to see where they swim, listen to them talk and spy on them underwater.

Whether you’re a whale lover or you’re simply curious about the underwater world, Humpback Highway will inspire and give you a new respect for these majestic, marine giants.

About the Author

Dr Vanessa Pirotta is a wildlife scientist and science communicator. Her research uses innovative technologies for wildlife conservation. Her best-known research involves using drones to collect whale snot (lung bacteria) from humpback whales to assess whale health. Whale research has taken Vanessa around the world to places such as Antarctica, Tonga and Madagascar. She is the author of the children's book, The Voyage of Whale and Calf.
Industry Reviews
‘From snot to sex, courtship to conservation, Pirotta brings the lives and habits of these incredible mammals to life.’ — Melissa Doyle

‘Enthralling – Pirotta’s passion and knowledge leaps off every page.’ — Richard Glover

‘Dr Pirotta has inspired me with her passion to unlock the secrets of the largest animals on the planet.’ — Terri Irwin

‘All whales are precious inhabitants of this planet we call home, yet we humans have treated them harshly with indiscriminate destruction. Humpback Highway takes the reader into the world of a gentle giant whose place on this planet is no less important than our own. I highly recommend it.’ — Valerie Taylor

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