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For centuries whales have captured our imaginations and ignited our emotions. We have revered and mythologised them, hunted them to the brink of extinction and passionately protected them. But how much do we really know about whales? Based on the hugely popular, internationally touring exhibition Whales Tohora (a.k.a. Whales: Giants of the Deep), this all-new book brings these majestic marine mammals and their underwater world to life, with a special focus on the whales and dolphins of the South Pacific. From the first richly illustrated, entertaining chapter, readers are immersed in the salty sea, the home of the whales, to explore their amazing diversity, biology and adaption to life in the oceans. Throughout the book, literally hundreds of breath-taking photographs, historical pictures, astonishing facts and figures and informative illustrations and diagrams bring the whale world to life. Here, too, are stories from people whose lives have been inextricably linked with whales - from legendary South Pacific whale riders to international whale scientists to conservationists to former whalers and their families. Powerfully, Whales and Dolphins of Aotearoa New Zealand combines storytelling, science, and culture to tell the story of the relationship between the humans and these fascinating creatures throughout history and into the future.
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Barbara Todd has a degree in education and did post graduate work in early childhood education. She taught for many years before her love of the sea turned her from the classroom. She then spent the next 20 years working with research teams studying whales in both the Northern and Southern Hemisphere. She has worked with Orca in the Pacific Northwest, Humpbacks in the Caribbean and Tonga, Sperm whales in New Zealand and Southern Right whales in New Zealand's sub Antarctic Auckland and Campbell islands. Barbara has written 10 children's books on marine life as well as the book Whales and Dolphins, Kaikoura, New Zealand. She has also provided photographs and written articles for numerous publications, conducted worldwide workshops on whales, produced educational materials and featured in documentaries on whales and dolphins including National Geographic's 'Divine Dolphins'.

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