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Radio Marinara: Rebecca Giggs Tells Us About Her New Book ‘Fathoms: The World in the Whale’

Growing up in Western Australia, ecology writer Rebecca Giggs was fascinated by the natural world around her on land and in the ocean. “I felt a strong connection, even as a kid, to whales,” Rebecca recalls on Radio Marinara. “Although we never saw very many live ones on the West Coast.”

Her latest book, Fathoms: The World in the Whale, explores the historical, cultural, and environmental significance of whales throughout humanity. “My feeling for whales is very much as a symbol for the ways in which the oceans are changing today.”

While many countries around the world have a particular interest or relationship with the great animal, Australia’s connection to whales, Rebecca believes, is unique and vital to the preservation of the species. “Other nations stopped whaling because they wanted to preserve the whales for further fishing, but Australia stopped whaling because it felt like it had a special connection with the animal.”

Fathoms: The World in the Whale is out now via Scribe Publications.

Photo: Dave Donnelly, Killer Whales Australia

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