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URI science writer authors book on iconic Arctic whale

Natural history writer Todd McLeish sometimes must go to extremes to conduct research for his books. For his latest volume, Narwhals: Arctic Whales in a Melting World, he spent time at a whale hunting camp near the northern tip of Greenland with Inuit hunters who spoke little English and who ate little but raw whale blubber, uncooked bacon, and bread.

“That may have been my most challenging experience, partly because of the food and communication issues but mostly because I was there to observe a narwhal hunt, which, to a wildlife lover like me, was an awful thing to witness,” said McLeish, a resident of Burrillville who grew up in North Kingstown. “But in order to tell the complete story of the narwhal, I had to learn about...”

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