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Do Whales Poop? / ¿Las ballenas hacen popó?

Production Details
  • Measurements: 22.5 cm by 16.5 cm (8.8 in by 6.5 in).
  • Texts in English and Spanish.
  • Extensively documented with current scientific research.
  • Printed in sustainable paper (FSC), hardcover.
  • ISBN: 978-607-29-2083-5

Production team

Headed by Chairman Andrew Kluger, an American Non-Profit founded in 1963 that among other things promotes books as educational and cultural objects.


Mexico City – based editorial headed by Mexican graphic designer Tania Pineda, it specializes in high-end book editions and productions.


Mexican writer; this is her fifth published title and her third bilingual story.


Mexican graphic designer and illustrator; this is her third hardcover illustrated book.

  • Fun and infographic illustrations explain the science facts.
  • Specific blue and yellow palette created to be color-blind friendly (deuteranopia or protanopia).
  • Water-color texture provides depth and beauty to an otherwise disliked subject matter (poop).

BookBank USA and Ediciones Patoganso present their third collaboration together: a bilingual illustrated book about whales and their poop. C.V. Monterrubio and Gabriela García joined talents again to bring to life some amazing and fairly recent scientific discoveries about the importance of whales and their fecal plumes in sustaining ocean and earth life, in the hopes that they can contribute to co-create a healthier balanced environment for all life on Earth.

Scientific information reviewed by Adriana Cortés-Gómez, PhD.

Bibliography (MLA format)

Krulwich, Robert. “The Power of Poop: a Whale Story.” NPR – Krulwich Wonders. 5 Apr. 2014. 5 Feb. 2020.

Lavery, Trish J., Roudnew, Ben., Gill, Peter., Seymour, Justin., Seuront, Laurent., Johnson, Genevieve., Mitchell, James G., and Smetacek, Victor. “Iron defecation by sperm whales stimulates carbon export in the Southern Ocean.” The Royal Society Publishing 16 Jun. 2010. 5 Feb. 2020.

Nicol, Dr. Stephen. “Scientists: Whale Poop Is Vital To Ocean’s Carbon Cycle; ‘Huge Amounts Of Iron’.” Interview by News Service. 22 Apr. 2010. 5 Feb. 2020.

De Vos, Dr. Asha and Ireland, Dave. “From Poop to Plankton: Working Together to Conserve our Ocean’s Gardeners.” Interview by Meghan Callon. Royal Ontario Museum. 6 Nov. 2017. 5 Feb. 2020.

Roman, Joe. “Whale Poop Drives Global Nutrient Cycling.” Interview by Christopher Intagliata. Scientific America – 60-Second Science. 28 Oct. 2015. U. of Vermont. 5 Feb. 2020.

Stone, Maddie. “How Whale Poop Balanced Earth’s Nutrients.” Gizmodo. 28 Oct. 2015. 5 Feb. 2020

Doughty, Christopher E., Roman, Joe., Faurby, Søren., Wolf, Adam., Haque, Alifa., Bakker, Elisabeth S., Malhi, Yadvinder., Dunning Jr., John B., and Svenning, Jens-Christian. “Global nutrient transport in a world of giants.” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA (PNAS). Ed. John W. Terborgh. 6 Aug. 2015. Duke University. 5 Feb. 2020.

Pyenson, Nick. “Spying on whales: the past, present and future of earth’s most awesome creatures.” New York: Viking, 2018 · Penguin Books, 2019.

Tyack, Peter. “The Intriguing Sound of Marine Mammals.” TED, April 2010.

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