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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite
Blue Speaks Eternally is a fiction work by Victoria Wagner. It's the story of a blue whale named Kip, who is a young adult traveling with his pod, or family, from their winter grounds near La Jolla, California, up along the coast, to the arctic Chukchi Sea where they summer. Along the way, Kip meets with other whales, seals, sea otters and other marine mammals. They discuss the Navy's plan to conduct tests that will kill many of their kind and injure thousands of other sea dwellers. Other topics they share are their thoughts about their lives in the sea and the good interactions they've had with human beings. The numbers of blue whales are still nowhere near where they should be; however, the bans on whaling and the increased surveillance of "scientific whaling" practices are helping these oldest and largest mammals to reestablish themselves.
Victoria Wagner's novel, Blue Speaks Eternally, is filled with information on sea mammals, from the small sea otter, to the elusive sea unicorn, the Narwahl, and the giant blue whale. Hearing the stories from her main character, Kip, the young adult blue whale, made me feel like I was sharing their lives as they migrated the thousands of miles up north, and it was quite an amazing and marvelous voyage. I winced at the discussions of the naval exercises and the damage they cause, as I cannot see any justification for the practices, but I did appreciate the author's ability to present both sides of the argument. Blue Speaks Eternally shows the wonders of the existence ocean dwellers and the great sea mammals share, and the specter of a world where the seas are devoid of marine life. It's eloquent and very moving, and it's highly recommended.