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Fathoms: Exploring the World in the Whale


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Blue whale voices have dropped the equivalent of three white keys on the piano in recent years. Why? What role have humans played in this and other changes to the lives of these mysterious and charismatic creatures? And how has our understanding of – and interaction with – whales been affected by technology? 

The new book by Rebecca Giggs, Fathoms: the world in the whale, is a riveting work of narrative non-fiction, combining science reporting with personal reflections and lyrical prose.

Join Giggs for a digital scavenger hunt – including conversation, archival photography, video footage, whale music and more – as we dive deep into the world of whales. We’ll find out where they’re thriving and where they’re threatened as Giggs guides us through the lives of these majestic creatures, and answers your questions. Take the plunge on 1 July.

This event includes immersive audio and whale sounds. We recommend using headphones for the best possible experience.

Download an accompanying list of resources and links here (Adobe PDF format).

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Rebecca Giggs

Rebecca Giggs is a writer from Perth, Western Australia. Her work has appeared in Best Australian Essays, Best Australian Science Writing, Granta, the Atlantic, the New York Times Magazine, and Griffith Review. Rebecca’s non-fiction focuses on how people connect with animals in a time of techn... Read more

Veronica Sullivan

Veronica Sullivan is the Wheeler Centre’s Head of Programming. She is a board member of Overland literary journal and a member of the Custodial Committee of the Kat Muscat Fellowship. Previously, she was a board member and Program Manager of the Feminist Writers Festival, Prize Manager of the Stel... Read more

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