Understanding the species we share this world with can change the way we understand the world. Elephants, wolves, and whales are three species near the brink of extinction solely because humans are killing them. In Beyond Words Carl Safina gives us a glimpse into the lives of these highly intelligent and social animals. Each of these animals shares the traits of vibrant social lives, emotional complexity and intellectual prowess. In each section Carl introduces us to each of these animals, causing us to fall in love with them just as he has. Then confronts us with the reality human impact is having on each of these animals, leaving us heartbroken at our lack of respect and reverence for creatures so majestic this world will be poor without them and we will bear the burden of sole responsibility.