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Book Cover: Whales, Touching the Mystery by Doug Thompson of DolphinWorks“Why do whales living wild and free in the ocean seek encounters with humans? In Whales: Touching the Mystery, Doug Thompson shares his thirty years of experience studying gray whales in remote Baja, Mexico, lagoons and explores the mystery of this extraordinary interspecies connection. He shares, too, his love for the whales, the place, and the people. You will want to own this enchanted book, and the glorious DVD that accompanies it.”

Jane Goodall, PhD, DBE,
UN Messenger of Peace

Whales, Touching the Mystery

By Doug Thompson
Published By NewSage Press

In this set of book (160 pages) and companion DVD (30 minutes), Doug Thompson shares the unprecedented interaction between humans and the Gray Whales of San Ignacio Lagoon. This unexplained interspecies communication is what Thompson calls “touching the mystery.” He also writes about the people of San Ignacio Lagoon—the keepers of the whales—and their successes with creating livelihoods from eco-tourism, while still protecting the whales and their environment. Thompson weaves a fascinating story of personal accounts, his own and others, along with factual information on the world of whales.

To view an excerpt from the companion DVD, click here.

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The Author

Doug Thompson has traveled internationally as a marine naturalist for more than thirty years. The Los Angeles Times describes Thompson as an “environmentalist extraordinaire,” who has led more than one hundred long-range natural history expeditions from Mexico to New Zealand. Since 1977 Thompson has led expeditions to the Gray Whale birthing waters in San Ignacio Lagoon in Baja, Mexico.

With this book and DVD, he tells the story of the Gray Whales of San Ignacio Lagoon and the local people who have lived on the shores of the lagoon for generations.

Thompson is the Director of Expeditions for the SummerTree Institute, a non-profit environmental education organization based in Southern California.