The book Sperm Whales: The Gentle Goliaths of the Ocean (Rizzoli, 2022) by Gaelin Rosenwaks with Foreward by Carl Safina tells the story of sperm whale families through photography and film.
In the waters off Dominica, Rosenwaks observed — eye to eye — the close bond between mother and child firsthand. What she found is that these animals live in matriarchal family units made up of remarkable females that stay together for generations. Like elephants and humans, they take care of one another.
Rosenwaks’s years as a marine biologist, diver, and underwater filmmaker and photographer prepared her to tell this story with never-before-seen photographs of the world’s most marvelous ocean species.
Gaelin Rosenwaks is a marine scientist, explorer, photographer, filmmaker, and founder of Global Ocean Exploration, which conducts expeditions in every ocean to alert the public to the challenges facing our oceans. She has appeared as an expert on the Discovery Channel, the Science Channel, CBS News, and the National Geographic Channel. Her documentary, Finding Physty, released in 2022.
Carl Safina’s nonfiction about the living world has won him a MacArthur Foundation “genius grant,” as well as Pew, Guggenheim, and National Science Foundation fellowships. His writing appears in the New York Times, Time, Audubon, and National Geographic, and his PBS series Saving the Ocean can be viewed online.
The Southampton Historical Museum will host Gaelin Rosenwaks for a talk on the book on Friday, July 14, 2023 from 5 to 6 pm. This program is free and open to the public. For more information, click here.
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