A slight book and yet a very informative one about the modern whaling industry. The author, a chemist assigned to large whaling ships which cruise the world, mixes factual information with personal anecdote to give the reader a quick but incisive look into this still romantic world. Here are the ships such as Balaena which go looking for whales. Here too is data about the great sea mammals---the fins, the blues, and others. The gunners, flensers and lemmers are seen at work in the chase, and in the hard, smelly work of boiling down the carcass afterward. The food eaten aboard, the talk and work of the crew, the look of the whales in flight and alongside the ships---these come together as a small compendium, of the whaling world. Competent but not blessed however with any particularly exciting material.