Bibliography - The Whale: In Search of the Giants of the Sea - Philip Hoare

The Whale: In Search of the Giants of the Sea - Philip Hoare (2010)


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Associated Press

BBC website

Canadian Journal of Zoology

Daily Mail

Daily Telegraph

The Guardian

The Independent

Historic Nantucket

Illustrated London News

Journal of the House of Commons,

Laelaps, Brian Switek, Rutgers University

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Natural History

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The Scottish Naturalist

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‘The Hunt for Moby Dick’, an Arena film:

UK Whale and Dolphin Stranding Scheme:

Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society:

Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies:

New Bedford Whaling Museum:

International Whaling Commission: