List of whales Books & Films from the Moreton Bay Region Libraries

Before you embark onto the water aboard Brisbane Whale Watching, familiarise yourself with famous whale tales, whaling accounts and humpback migration patterns with this list of whales resources available from your local Moreton Bay Region Library.

Beneath the Surface: Killer Whales, SeaWorld, and the Truth Beyond Blackfish by John Hargrove with Howard Chua-Eoan

Synopsis

John Hargrove, a former SeaWorld orca trainer and one of the stars of the Blackfish documentary film gives a first-hand account of the lives of orcas in captivity. Hargrove contrasts the freedom of orcas in the wild with their lives in captivity at SeaWorld, making a compelling argument for the radical rethinking of the relationship between the human and animal worlds.

Non-Fiction Novel available for borrowing from:

  • Albany Creek Library
  • Redcliffe Library

The Whale Rider by Witi Ihimaera

Synopsis:

Blending myth with real life -The Whale Rider tells the tale of Kahu, the female descendant of the great whale rider Kahutia Te Rangi of Maori myth. Kahu discovers she can communicate with whales, but her ambition to assume a leadership role within her tribe are belittled by her great grandfather who believes the title of chief belongs only to a male heir.

Novel available for borrowing from:

  • Albany Creek Library
  • Caboolture Library
  • Redcliffe Library

Blackfish -a Documentary Film Directed by Gabriela Cowperthwaite

Synopsis

This 2013 American documentary film tells the story of Tilikum, a SeaWorld orca and goes into detail on the consequences of keeping killer whales in captivity. Featuring testimony from former SeaWorld orca trainers including long-time John Hargrove.

The film gave widespread coverage to the plight of captive orcas held for human entertainment, leading to the passing of legislation including the Orca Welfare and Safety Act and other positive flow-on effects. As recently as March this year -Orlanda SeaWorld announced it would stop breeding killer whales.

Watch movies about whales -borrow Blackfish from:

  • Arana Hills Library
  • North Lakes Library
  • Redcliffe Library
  • Strathpine Library

Moby Dick by Herman Melville

Synopsis

First published in 1851, this classic tale is considered one of the greatest English language novels ever written.

Also known as 'The Whale', Moby Dick takes the reader on an adventure across the high seas following the story's narrator Ishmael as he sails under the command of Captain Ahab in pursuit of the mythical Moby-Dick, a great white whale.

Novel available for borrowing from:

  • Redcliffe Library
  • Strathpine Library

The Whales Journey by Stephen Martin

Synopsis

Discover Australia's shameful whaling past as you journey with the humpbacks on their annual migration from the cold waters of Antarctica up the east coast of Australia.

Fiction Novel available for borrowing from:

  • Caboolture Library
  • Redcliffe Library

In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex by Nathaniel Philbrick

Synopsis:

An account of the whaling ship Essex's last 1918 voyage and the fate which awaited its crew as they sought refuge on land and water after an enraged bull sperm whale of Nantucket sunk the ship

Novel available for borrowing from:

  • Caboolture Library
  • North Lakes Library
  • Redcliffe Library
  • Strathpine Library

The Secret of Whale Island by Thea Stilton

Synopsis

This illustrated children's book takes young readers on an ocean adventure following the students of Mouseford Academy as they try to thwart the orca who is threatening the peace off the coast of Whale Island during annual migration season.

This illustrated story is part of Thea Stilton's graphic novel series.

Children's Story available for borrowing from:

  • Albany Creek Library
  • Arana Hills Library
  • Burpengary Library
  • Caboolture Library
  • Strathpine Library

More List of Whales Good Reads & Must See Films

Free Willy -a Disney Movie Directed by Simon Wincer at Burpengary and Caboolture Libraries

Whales, Dolphins and Seals: A Field Guide to the Marine Mammals of the World by Hadoram Shirihai, Brett Jarrett, Guy M. Kirwan at Burpengary, Caboolture and Redcliffe Libraries

Watching Giants: The secret Lives of Whales by Elin Kelsey at Strathpine Library

The Whale Warriors: On Board a Pirate Ship in the Battle to Save the Word's Largest Mammals by Peter Heller at Redcliffe and Strathpine Libraries

Other helpful information about Humpback Whales from the blog

  1. Whale Breaching
  2. What do whales eat & why are they fat?
  3. Humpback whale sounds – Rock stars of the sea

Kerry Lopez

Captain of the Eye Spy
09 August 2016