I opened this little book (160 small pages) with
a certain degree of trepidation because animal stories, whether
they be tales of favored pets or encounters in the wild, are a
mixed bag. My worries didn't last long - Grayson
pure delight that reads like a fable but is actually true. At the center of the story is Lynne Cox, now a
renowned long-distance swimmer, but then just a 17-years-old out
for a practice swim early one morning in the waters off
Beach in Southern California.
The whale tale forms the center of the story but, for me, it was
the bit players that stole the show - the rays wallowing in the
warm water under the pier, the sun fish snoozling close to the
legs of the oil rig, the green sea turtles "carrying their homes
along with them like aquatic RVs" and the herd of...
Beyond the Book
Adult Gray Whales
tons and measure about 45 feet (14
meters); they have dark skin with gray
patches and white mottling, the calves
are born dark gray to black (sometimes
with distinctive white markings). They
are baleen whales (with a series of
130-180 fringed overlapping plates
hanging from each side of the upper jaw
in lieu of teeth), as such they feed by
drawing sediment and water into their
mouths, expelling the water and sediment
through the baleen plates, leaving the
trapped food ready to be swallowed.
Courtship and mating behavior are
complex, and frequently involve...