Photographer and conservationist Bryant Austin's breathtaking photographic project "Beautiful Whale "is the first of its kind: It chronicles his fearless attempts to reach out to whales as fellow sentient beings. Featuring Austin's intimate images--some as detailed as a single haunting eye--that result from encounters based on mutual trust, "Beautiful Whale" captures the grace and intelligence of these magnificent creatures. Austin spent days at a time submerged, motionless, in the waters of remote spawning grounds waiting for humpback, sperm, and minke whales to seek him out. As oceanographer Sylvia A. Earle says in her foreword to the book, "As an ambassador from the ocean--and to the ocean--Bryant Austin is not only a source of inspiration. He is cause for hope."
Praise for Beautiful Whale:
"You can't help thinking, with every passing page, that this is what's it's like to swim with the whales." --"The Wall Street Journal"
About the Author
Sylvia A. Earle, Ph.D. called "Her Deepness" by the New York Times and The New Yorker, is a marine biologist, ocean explorer, author, lecturer, Chairman of Deep Ocean Exploration and Research, spokesperson for Sea Web and the first woman to serve as the Chief Scientist of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. In recent years she has become an internationally known champion for ocean conservation and currently serves as explorer-in-residence at the National Geographic Society.