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DK Handbook: Whales, Dolphins and Porpoises Paperback – 16 Nov 2000


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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Dorling Kindersley; 2Rev Ed edition (16 Nov. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0751327816
  • ISBN-13: 978-0751327816
  • Product Dimensions: 14.7 x 1.9 x 21.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 82,672 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By graingerfamily@btinternet.com on 16 Nov. 2001
Format: Paperback
A useful book to take whale-watching. As with most DK books, there are lots of excellent illustrations. There are comparison charts to help spot the differences between various dolphins and whales. The more common species have several pages summarising their natural history. The illustrations are all drawings, which is understandable given the difficulty of photographing these large animals in the sea.
I spotted this book on board a whale spotting book. It was well thumbed and had survived well in a damp atmosphere. Many of the cetaceans I will never see, but I enjoyed reading about them when the boat was steaming between whale watching locations. This was the book I bought on my return, to be ready for the next trip.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 15 May 2004
Format: Paperback
This book clearly deserves more than five stars for the great joy it will make available to you in the future by encouraging you to do more cetacean watching.
One of my pleasures is planning and taking trips to the various whale, dolphin, and porpoise rich areas in the world. When there, I spend as much time as possible on the water enjoying the views. I was particularly delighted to see that this book opens the doors to locales that I did not know about. As a result, I now have three times as many places to visit as I thought I did. Having seen the unusual species that I have missed, I now see the world much differently. That's a great gift to receive from a field guide.
Most people are unaware of the fascinating and beautiful mammal life in the oceans and rivers (yes, some dolphins live in rivers) around them. Although I live near one of the world's best cetacean watching areas, I would estimate that fewer than five percent of the people I meet have ever gone to observe the wonderful sights that are just a few minutes offshore. This guide can help change all that.
With a heightened sense of our aquatic co-species, I think that all people will have more respect for them and interest in preserving their habitats and populations.
Many people have a chance to go boating on the ocean, and see something that interests them. What is it? How should they approach it? I hope that all ocean-going boaters will buy a copy of this book to address those questions.
This is a beautiful book to hold and behold. The drawings are luscious in their subtlety of color and shape.
As a way to identify cetaceans, I cannot imagine a handbook that could be any better.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mrs Janet on 9 Oct. 2009
Format: Paperback
I bought this book to take to Hamanus, South Africa as my prime reason for this visit was to watch the Whales, I found this book extremly informative and easy to follow, would have been esier to handle if smaller but would not have been able to have the amount of info. would definately recommend. I did also buy the collins handy size book on whales, although a very handy size for the pocket nothing like as informative.
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By Strange Lady on 18 July 2014
Format: Paperback
I love Whales & Dolphins, but not as much as Sharks..
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David Alvarez on 8 May 2011
Format: Paperback
The book was sent in a few days and, as the text said, it was in a very good condition, almost new.
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