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Wildscreen Festival 2022

How to Speak Whale - A Voyage Into the Future of Animal Communication by Tom Mustill OUT NOW
By Jason Peters
15th September 2022

A thrilling investigation into the pioneering world of animal communication, where big data and artificial intelligence are changing our relationship with animals forever.

How to Speak Whale: A Voyage into the Future of Animal Communication - by Tom Mustill


In 2015, wildlife filmmaker Tom Mustill was whale watching when a humpback breached onto his kayak and nearly killed him.

Remember this?


Humpback Whale Breaches on Top of Kayakers

After a video clip of the event went viral, Tom found himself inundated with theories about what happened. He became obsessed with trying to find out what the whale had been thinking and sometimes wished he could just ask it. In the process of making a film about his experience, he discovered that might not be such a crazy idea.

How to Speak Whale: A Voyage into the Future of Animal Communication - by Tom Mustill

This is a story about the pioneers in a new age of discovery, whose cutting-edge developments in natural science and technology are taking us to the brink of decoding animal communication - and whales, with their giant mammalian brains and sophisticated vocalisations, offer one of the most realistic opportunities for us to do so.

Using 'underwater ears,' robotic fish, big data and machine intelligence, leading scientists and tech-entrepreneurs across the world are working to turn the fantasy of Dr Dolittle into a reality, upending much of what we know about these mysterious creatures.

But what would it mean if we were to make contact? And with climate change threatening ever more species with extinction, would doing so alter our approach to the natural world?

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Enormously original and hugely entertaining, How to Speak Whale is an unforgettable look at how close we truly are to communicating with another species - and how doing so might change our world beyond recognition.


About "How to Speak Whale: A Voyage Into the Future of Animal Communication" in 60 seconds!

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"We all wish we could communicate with animals right? It might simply be with a companion animal, a domesticated animal or it might be with something wild, a whale even. Some of us will believe that we already communicate with animals in all sorts of ways but to have a proper conversation with an animal, find out what it thinks of the impact that humans are making on the planet, the natural world, well that is just a dream, surely? Tom’s book, How to Speak Whale, may have been prompted by a very close call with a breaching humpback whale, but the journey it set him off on is fascinating as he brilliantly navigates all of the current science on animal communication, showcasing whale song and what it could all mean … The prescient question might be whether or not we have the capacity to comprehend it. Tom’s enthusiasm for the subject along with his warm delivery makes for a very charming but also important book. I can't recommend it enough." Jason Peters

Available from Bookdepository.com with FREE delivery worldwide.

We can seriously recommend the Audio Book, beautifully recorded by Tom himself, with extra whale/wildlife sounds included … most excellent for a book on animal communication!!

‘Fascinating’ Greta Thunberg
‘Enthralling’ George Monbiot
‘Brilliant’ Philip Hoare
'Extraordinary’ Christiana Figueres
'Riveting' Sy Montgomery

Also: Amazon.co.uk & Amazon.com

How to Speak Whale - by Tom Mustill - UK Cover
How to Speak Whale - by Tom Mustill - US Cover
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Also read - Tom Mustill's Humpback Whales - A Detective Story Wildlife film-maker Tom Mustill was almost killed by a Humpback Whale while kayaking in California. Now he turns detective to try to find the whale and discover what it was doing.

How to Speak Whale: A Voyage into the Future of Animal Communication - by Tom Mustill
Tom Mustill

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