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Swimming with Orca: My Life with New Zealand's Killer Whales (英語) ペーパーバック – 2006/12/27

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A good source for learning about cetacean research 2006/9/2
投稿者 C. S. Weinberg - (
形式: ペーパーバック
Dr. Visser is obviously a person who loves her work. She is a scientist specializing in cetacean research. In particular, she studies the behavior of orca, or killer whales. If you have been lucky enough to meet Visser in her native New Zealand or on an expedition to the South Pacific or Antarctica, you know how passionate she is about the creatures to which she has dedicated her life.

The book, "Swimming with Orca," is semi-autobiographical, tracing the 40 years of Visser's remarkably rich life from that of a child growing up in New Zealand and sailing around the world with her father, to that of a scientist observing orca in their natural habitat. It is the story of a young woman with a dream and the obstacles she surmounts to attain that dream. As such, the book is both educational and inspirational. The writing is unpretentious, honest and easily accessible, and is illustrated by excellent pictures, in black and white and color. It is good reading for young and old alike.

The title of the book reflects Dr. Visser's courage in the face of animals with a reputation as the deadliest in the ocean. Even more so, it reveals the mutual trust that has come to exist between Visser and the orca who know her: she literally does swim with the orca, unafraid and without the use of protective devices. And individual orca do recognize Visser and her boat, and come to play, communicate, and seek affection. Dr. Visser lovingly describes these encounters.

Important issues of wildlife management also get their due. Dr. Visser addresses some of the situations which endanger orca and other marine mammals including industrial pollution; keeping animals in captivity; and irresponsible boat handling and fishing practices. She also describes efforts to protect the N.Z. orca, including an interesting discussion of the process of rescuing beached whales.

The book is a good resource for learning about cetacean research. It documents Visser's observations of orca behavior, and it describes the scientific methodology required to do work in this field. Additionally, Visser addresses the issue: should field research among animals be of the hands-off, observation-only kind, or can a more humane and interactive approach be as valid? Visser comes squarely down on the side of the humane and interactive, citing the work of Jane Goodall and Dian Fossey. This is fortunate for the reader: a tale about a whale named Ben is entirely more enjoyable and memorable than one about a scientific specimen labeled NZ101.

Although Swimming with Orca is her first book intended for a general audience, Dr. Visser has also helped produce a video for The Discovery Channel titled "Orca - Killers I have Known," has written several books for the children's market, and has published articles in scientific journals.
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A wonderful balance of science and emotion 2007/1/16
投稿者 Kirsten W - (
形式: ペーパーバック
This book strikes a wonderful balance between straight science and the more emotional stories of interaction with the orcas. She discusses her own work, researching the orcas of New Zealand and Antarctica under more rigid scientific situations. But at the same time, she also discusses the more emotional side of her fascination with killer whales. The stories she tells of coming face-to-face with killer whales in their own element are wonderful. It's also interesting to see her acknowledge the possibility that these interactions could affect scientific data, but then also look at what she's been able to learn because of them. This book can appeal to both the more scientific-thinking public as well as the laymen - it does a wonderful job of bridging the gap between the two, a critical factor in today's world of translational science. Highly recommended for anyone with a love of wildlife!
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Great Read! 2013/1/22
投稿者 Kristin Cruise - (
形式: ペーパーバック Amazonで購入
This book is a great read for anyone who is passionate about whales, dolphins, or nature in general. Once I started the book, I could not put it down. Dr. Visser is very passionate about these animals, and her writing conveys that to the reader. The personal stories on her interactions with specific whales brings the book to life. I completely recommend reading this book!
It would have been better if she spent more time talking about whale encounters ... 2014/12/30
投稿者 Nikki - (
形式: Kindle版
This book is a decent read for the Orca lover. There are some educational aspects to the book. It would have been better if she spent more time talking about whale encounters rather than her issues with university. Also, I read this book on my kindle app for iPhone 6 and the pictures and captions did not line up. It made the book difficult to follow because I would be reading and it would jump right into a photo caption without a different font.
Interesting read 2014/6/6
投稿者 Sue8 - (
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I read this book kind of after the fact many years after it was written. I would like to see a follow up book from Dr. Ingrid Visser.
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