By Tim Severin
Published Jan 2010
Herman Melville’s famous novel Moby Dick immortalised the idea of battling with a sperm whale roaming the ocean – but could such a beast exist? Tim Severin travels to the islands of the Pacific to find out. To sift truth from fiction, Severin decides to enquire among the last surviving whale-hunters of the great ocean if they have ever met the white whale. Severin travels the islands of the Pacific on a fascinating journey of discovery. Along the way he encounters the extraordinary hook-jumpers of Pamilacan and accompanies the fishermen of Lamaralese who still hunt sperm whale by hand from their Stone Age boats. This is an intriguing and enlightening exploration of one of the ocean’s enduring myths.