The Sounding of the Whale: Science and Cetaceans in the Twentieth Century

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Burnett traces the history of the transformation of cetaceans or marine mammals, from grotesque monsters as portrayed in Moby Dick, useful only as sources of fat and fertilizer, to playful friends of humanity, bell wethers of environmental devastation, and, finally, totems of modern counterculture. Chapter 3 focuses on A. Remington Kellogg (1893-1969), curator of marine mammals at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History, and later director and Assistant Secretary for Science.


  • Kellogg, Remington 1893-1969
  • National Museum of Natural History (U.S.) Dept. of Vertebrate Zoology
  • United States Marine Mammal Commission


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  • Marine Biology
  • Conservation biology
  • Animals
  • Oceans
  • Whales
  • Cetacea
  • Mammals
  • Nature conservation
  • Marine mammals
  • Oceanography


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Number of pages: 824; Page numbers : 1-824

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