War of the Whales Book
War of the Whales by Joshua Horwitz
True Story (Hard Cover)
Winner of the 2015 PEN/E.O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award: “Horwitz’s dogged reporting…combined with crisp, cinematic writing, produces a powerful narrative…. He has written a book that is instructive and passionate and deserving a wide audience” (PEN Award Citation).
War of the Whales is the “gripping detective tale” (Publishers Weekly) of an attorney, Joel Reynolds, who learns about one of the US Navy’s best-kept secrets: a submarine detection system that emits sound so piercing that it kills whales and drives them onto beaches. Joel Reynolds launches legal measures to challenge the Navy program to mitigate the harm to whales while marine biologist Ken Balcomb witnesses a beaked whale mass stranding in the Bahamas.
Save The Whales was instrumental in bringing the proposed Navy “ship shock” tests to the attention of Joel Reynolds. In 1994, they tirelessly worked to stop the Navy’s tests in a sensitive marine area that was predicted to kill thousands of marine mammals including endangered whales. This ground-breaking case was ruled in favor of marine life.
“War of the Whales reads like the best investigative journalism, with cinematic scenes of strandings and dramatic David-and-Goliath courtroom dramas as activists diligently hold the Navy accountable” (The Huffington Post).”