"A Whale of a Mystery" - 15 Jan. 2007

Scholastic Science World

 

Chiang told her young readers about an investigation by scientists into the puzzling death of a North Atlantic right whale that was spotted drifting off the coast of Nova Scotia. She described various clues that the researchers followed in trying to determine the cause of death. They eventually concluded that a large, blunt object had hit the whale on one side. Catherine Hughes, a senior editor for National Geographic Kids magazine, said the story met all the criteria. “The mystery is an immediate draw for kids, as is the compelling species, the ever-popular whale,” Hughes said. “The scientific process used to solve the mystery both teaches and holds readers’ interest.” Susan Milius, a reporter for Science News, said Chiang “showed scientific process in action with vivid details. What’s not to love about decayed whale flesh oozing like toothpaste?”