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Ambassador to the Penguins: A Naturalist's Year Aboard a Yankee Whaleship

Eleanor Mathews.
Publisher Godine  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 9.25 x 6.25 x 1.25 inches
ISBN 9781567922462
Pages/Publication Date 353/2003
Daedalus Item Code 23576
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"Robert Cushman Murphy—ornithologist, oceanographer, photographer, and prescient conservationist—recognized his calling early and found encouragement at the American Museum of Natural History, where staff secured him a college scholarship and, in 1911, a berth on an Antarctica-bound whaling ship. Also lucky in love, Murphy had the blessing of his brand-new wife, Grace, who insisted that he go even though they would be out of touch for two years. Murphy coped with their separation by keeping a special journal, which he published to great acclaim as Logbook for Grace, but which has been all but forgotten. [Eleanor] Mathews, Murphy's granddaughter, skillfully and zestfully recounts the entire gripping story of Murphy's arduous and successful specimen-collecting expedition, shares Murphy's stellar photographs, and retains many of his vivid descriptions of the ship and its crew and his utter astonishment over whales, seals, and, seabirds, from majestic albatrosses to comic penguins. While the irrepressible Murphy painstakingly documented the wildlife of South Georgia Island, calling the animals he reluctantly killed and carefully preserved 'martyrs to science,' his shipmates indulged in wanton slaughter of whales and seals, a contrast that inspired Murphy, who became an international expert on oceanic birds, to work equally hard at raising environmental awareness."—Booklist
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