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Brooke Bessesen


Brooke Bessesen has worked with wildlife for over thirty years. She's been eye-to-eye with humpback whales and surrounded by free-flying California condors. She has hand-raised a baby wallaby, rehabbed a rattlesnake, trained a tiger, and photo-identified dozens of wild bottlenose dolphins. As a research fellow, Brooke's marine studies in Costa Rica led to the naming of a new sea snake.

Her book Vaquita: Science, Politics, and Crime in the Sea of Cortez, called a “passionate… heartfelt and alarming tale” by Publishers Weekly, attempts to untangle the drama behind the looming extinction of the world’s smallest porpoise. In addition to Vaquita, Brooke authored the popular Arizona Highways Wildlife Guide, as well as five children’s books, including Look Who Lives in the Ocean. She's also the director of Authors for Earth Day, an international coalition of award-winning authors who mentor young readers through special conservation-focused school visits.

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Book:
Vaquita: Science, Politics, and Crime in the Sea of Cortez
Nature / Environment / Outdoor Adventure
Island Press
September 2018
ISBN 9781610919319
316 pages
$30.00, INSTOCK
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In 2006, vaquita, a diminutive porpoise making its home in the Upper Gulf of California, inherited the dubious title of world's most endangered marine mammal. More/less

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