Sperm Whales: The Gentle Goliaths of the Oceans with Gaelin Rosenwaks

Join us for an evening with Gaelin Rosenwaks as she discusses her book and work.

For centuries, the sperm whale has fascinated us—the world’s largest-toothed predator. Like many of our co-inhabitants on the planet, sperm whales were nearly hunted to the brink of extinction. While the most famous sperm whale of all is Moby Dick, it was a young male nicknamed Physty—who fell ill in the early 1980s and came ashore just off Long Island, New York—that captured the heart of Gaelin Rosenwaks and started her on a career in marine science: studying, protecting, and documenting the world’s most marvelous ocean species.

SPERM WHALES: THE GENTLE GOLIATHS OF THE OCEANS is a beautiful look at these magnificent animals. In the waters off Dominica, Rosenwaks observed—eye to eye—the close bond between mother and child firsthand. She found that these animals live in matriarchal family units of remarkable females that stay together for generations. Like elephants and humans, they take care of one another. She could document them sleeping, playing, nursing, and so much more about their vibrant lives both under the sea and above it. Through her breathtaking photography and inspiring words, readers can join Rosenwaks and the whales and be inspired to help save them for future generations.

SPERM WHALES: THE GENTLE GOLIATHS OF THE OCEANS will be available for purchase at the event, and stick around after the talk for the book signing.

Gaelin Rosenwaks

Gaelin Rosenwaks is an author, marine scientist, explorer, photographer, and filmmaker. She uses storytelling to bring people on a journey of exploration and scientific discovery. Always fascinated by the marine world, Gaelin began diving at 14 and has since continued exploring ocean ecosystems. She began her career at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and earned her Master’s Degree from Duke University, conducting research on the migratory movements of Giant Bluefin Tunas. Alarmed by the changes happening in the oceans, Gaelin founded Global Ocean Exploration Inc to share her passion for ocean exploration, marine conservation, and film. She has appeared as an expert and host on TV programs, including on The Discovery Channel, Science Channel, CBS News, and National Geographic Channel. She is one of the few women to be featured on the cover of Outside Magazine. Her films have been screened at many prestigious festivals. Gaelin hopes to inspire people to connect and care about our oceans through her films.

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