- Virginia Morrell delivers a stunning defense of animal cognition and emotion. One example she gives is that whales have accents and regional dialects.
- Ptolemy Tompkins makes a good case for the divine life of animals with material from history, anthropology, theology, stories, and his own personal experience. As a result we must respect the individuality of whales and other creatures.
- Judy Cannato presents a Catholic vision of transformation and shares with us the compassion of a caring man and a beached whale.
- Michael Caduto and Joseph Bruchac share 24 Native American stories on animals. Here is an Inuit-Inupiaq story on the gift of the whale.
- Blending together yoga and mystical meditation, Andrew Harvey and Karuna Erickson create a space in "Child's Pose" to imagine your oneness with a majestic blue whale.
- Joseph M. Marshall III explores the Lakota connection with land and then ponders the rituals of modern Inupiaq hunters accompanying the act of killing a whale.
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