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Smithsonian Handbooks: Whales, Dolphins and…

Smithsonian Handbooks: Whales, Dolphins and Porpoises

by Mark Carwardine

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The visual guide to all the world's cetaceans
  jhawn | Jul 31, 2017 |
Picked this up during a trip to the National Aquarium in Baltimore earlier this month. This fully-illustrated recognition guide was surely not meant to be read from cover to cover, but that didn't stop me. I found it fascinating to read it straight through, comparing the appearance and behaviours of the different species of whales, dolphins and porpoises. I will probably rarely, if ever, use this book as it was intended to be used--in the field--but I think it would serve one well there. The illustrations are clear, and information identifying each animal is presented in quick-reference bars and labels as well as in paragraph form. A nicely organized, beautifully illustrated reference book for anyone interested in cetaceans. ( )
  lycomayflower | May 27, 2012 |
As a hopeful future marine biologist, the guide provides excellent information on most of the world's cetaceans. Perfect! ( )
  Maggie_Rum | Jun 1, 2011 |
A very, very informative book about all classifications of whales, dolphins, and porpoises. Scale pictures show the size difference between different species, and every single species has a size scale comparing them to a human diver. Information about feeding habits, pod ranges, and so much more make this book the best guide I've ever seen on these animals. ( )
  Heather19 | Jun 7, 2009 |
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This Gem explores and explains the world of whales and dolphins. Over 50 species of whale, dolphin and porpoise are illustrated with the author's own photographs. Aspects covered include: evolution; identification; biology; zoological categorization; feeding habits; and predators. The book answers commonly-asked questions, such as "how intelligent are dolphins?" and "should whales be kept in captivity?", and discusses the sensitive subject of whale conservation.

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Offers advice on observing and identifying these marine mammals, and describes characteristics, behavior, and range for a variety of species.

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