Dive into the amazing world of whales and dolphins!
Listen, laugh, and learn all about the Cetacea: their diversity, ecology, and history.
With this album, the first from life-long whale-nerd Eric Keen, kids of all ages will discover a new love for these amazing animals.
Swim alongside love-struck narwhals, share an ice cream cone with a bicycling beaked whale, even two-step with extinct "walrus-whales" from ages past! Packed with fact-filled, toe-tappin' tunes, this album blends science and imagination into a lyrical adventure for the whole family.
The first peer-reviewed children's album!
"I subjected Eric's songs to the toughest critics I could muster: my 4 yr old and 1 yr old. Within seconds they were laughing, dancing, and clapping along. They had great fun, especially with the Whale BCs and Whales are Mammals. The main problem I have is that my 4 yr old is continuously pestering me 'Can I hear another funny song please?'"
-- Trevor Branch, PhD, Professor at U. of Washington
"Baby Beluga move over! Here is a new cetacean kids song -- not just one song but a whole album...What I liked most was that these songs were fun and funny for kids but also had interesting lyrics for adults and even whale scientists (not sure if they qualify as adults). Who would think you could get something like “their vestigial features show it” into a children’s song and pull it off? The musicianship and quality is quite good and numerous musical styles are covered. There are valuable conservation themes, vocabulary building, and educational aspects that the songs provide while making it entertaining. This is a fun album for all ages through adults and a must-have for budding whale scientists."
-- John Calambokidis, senior researcher at Cascadia Research Collective
"As someone who studies whale songs for a living, I was as enchanted by these songs ABOUT whales as I am by songs sung BY whales. Eric's work here is funny, catchy, and spot-on scientifically. Kids, adults, and marine mammal scientists alike will find themselves singing along to the 'Whale BCs' , tracing the evolution of whales from land to water and back again in song, and learning about a species most of us have never heard of, the "ole' walrus whale".
-- Kate Stafford, PhD, Professor at U. of Washington
"Fun. Fun! FUN! I listened carefully to the whole thing because I didn't want to miss a single chorus or bad pun. Its creative, educational, and (did I mention?) fun. I recommend it to cetacean biologists of all ages, but especially those who will be getting their degrees in 20 years. As a whale biologist with over 30 years of experience, I can testify that he got all the science right. But none of that would matter to kids unless it was also a hoot. Listen, it will make you smile."
-- Jay Barlow
Professor, Scripps Institution of Oceanography
Researcher, NOAA Southwest Fisheries Science Center
Cover art by Hanna Moran.
Recorded on location at Dry Park Fire Tower, N. Kaibab National Forest, Grand Canyon.
Ocean sounds recorded in Eric's hometown (Melbourne, FL).
Special thanks goes to Jason, Andrea, Kevin, Dan, Katie, Caro, Patti, Richard, & David.
For my sister.